7 Ways to Drink Tea Around the World

Whether your cup comes from a traditional Chinese tea ceremony or from a sustainable service in Seattle, drinking tea can help you stay well.

Oct 10, 2014
  • Longjing tea field in Zhejian Provice in China
  • It is tradition to serve mint tea in Morocco.
  • Sencha and Blooming Jasmine tea
  • Tempo Tea at Four Seasons Dublin
  • TeaVert Tea at Four Seasons Seattle
  • Take an afternoon tea at Four Seasons London at Park Lane Amaranto Terrace
  • Cocktail afternoon tea service at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
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Longjing tea, which grows in the rich soils of Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province, is used in multiple skin-nourishing treatments at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake.
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Not only a delicious refreshment, mint tea is also an institution of Moroccan culture, still used today to welcome guests or help pass a leisurely afternoon.
Photography Dana McMahan
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Floral notes of blooming Jasmine and earthy tones of Japanese sencha are only two of the flavourful blends featured on the global tea menu at Café Prato at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.
Photography Toby Oxborrow
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Inspired by Irish artist Michael Warren’s piece Tempo rubato II, Chef Alberto Rossi and Four Seasons Hotel Dublin have orchestrated the quintessential afternoon tea experience with Tempo Tea, enhanced with nine enticing delicacies.
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Steeping single-origin whole-leaf teas in an innovative, single-use tea infuser, TeaVert is revolutionising the modern tea experience while preserving traditional practices.
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During an afternoon picnic at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, admire the surrounding landscape from the uniquely designed split-level terrace as you polish off a variety of classic tea treats.
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Request the Cocktail Afternoon Tea service at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and enjoy a spread of pastries and sandwiches as you sip on a non-alcoholic cocktail infused with Darjeeling tea.
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Since it was first cultivated 5,000 years ago in China, tea has become one of the most popular beverages in the world—one with a rich history that spans continents and cultures. Today tea is revered for its pleasing taste and endless varieties, as well as its rejuvenating effects and health benefits.

Whether you prefer green, black, white or oolong—all types of tea that stem from the same plant, Camellia sinensis—tea is an excellent source of both disease-fighting flavonoids and antioxidants that help detoxify damaging free radicals in your body. Strong evidence links regular consumption of tea (two or more cups per day) with a reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and possibly even prevention of cancer, not to mention its soothing properties.

Not only can sitting down with a cup of tea be relaxing—and good for you—it is also a valued social tradition observed in cultures all over the world. In many places, the ritual of the tea service is as important as the beverage itself. Here are some memorable ways to savour tea at Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world.

Green tea in Hangzhou

Longjing, or “dragon well” tea, is the world-renowned green tea grown on the hillsides surrounding West Lake and throughout China’s Zhejiang Province. The bright emerald leaves are picked by hand, as they have been for centuries, and dried using a large metal wok in order to stop the fermentation process; this treatment gives the tea its distinct flavour. Enjoy a cup of longjing during the daily traditional tea service at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, or head to the Spa for a one-of-a-kind Dragon Well and Jade Spring Ritual. After a bath containing the extract of 60,000 tea leaves, enjoy a body scrub, wrap and massage that all utilise the tea’s restorative properties.

Mint tea in Marrakech

At the Maarifa Cultural Centre at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, take part in Morocco’s artistic and cultural offerings—including a mint tea ceremony. Throughout the country, the ritual is performed to welcome guests into one’s home; at the Centre, guests are taken through the elaborate ceremony, which involves steeping tea leaves and sugar in boiling water, then serving the tea with handfuls of fresh mint in small glasses. It’s a refreshing and hospitable way to enjoy Morocco’s beloved beverage.

Global offerings in Mumbai

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai pays homage to local and global tea flavours with a Tea Connoisseur’s Delight menu at the Hotel’s Café Prato. Guests choose from blends sourced from India, such as Kashmiri kahwa from the Himalayan foothills or southern India’s Blue Mountain nilgri. Japanese sencha, African rooibos and herbal infusions fill out the menu.

Blend tea and art in Dublin

Four Seasons Hotel Dublin recently launched an innovative new take on afternoon tea with Tempo Tea. Created by Chef Alberto Rossi, this unique dining experience was inspired by Irish artist Michael Warren’s piece Tempo rubato II, which can be seen in the Hotel’s courtyard, and features tea served with nine handmade pastries that each put an unexpected spin on traditional afternoon tea staples. Think cured Irish salmon on a chive scone, lemon and thyme eclairs, pistachio and strawberry financiers, and foie gras and chocolate crispy choux.

Sustainable tea in Seattle

Seattle may be known for its outstanding coffee, but discerning tea enthusiasts can now enjoy premium, single-origin whole-leaf tea at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Partnering with TeaVert, a Seattle-based company that sources its tea leaves using sustainable cultivation practices, the Hotel is the first to introduce four of the company’s unique tea blends, now available in ART Restaurant. Each tea is presented with a handcrafted single-use tea infuser, made in the U.S. from a fully biodegradable, FSC-certified white birch raw veneer without the use of harmful chemicals.

Tea for two in London

Afternoon tea is a cultural institution in England, and Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is now offering a charming afternoon tea picnic—complete with a wicker basket filled with the proper British sandwiches, cakes and scones wrapped up in vintage tins, plus a half bottle of Bollinger Rosé Champagne. Each basket also includes a tea-brewing egg timer to ensure that the accompanying tea is served precisely to your liking. Enjoy your picnic on Amaranto Restaurant’s lovely landscaped terrace.

Afternoon tea with a twist

In a fun variation on tradition, One-Ninety Bar and Terraza by Javier de las Muelas at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore now offers a Cocktail Afternoon Tea Service, which joins the Classic and Champagne Afternoon Tea offerings on the menu. Choose your drink from the exclusive Diva Cocktail Collection, which features non-alcoholic or low-alcoholic-content beverages infused with ingredients like Darjeeling tea and ginger and named after powerhouse women such as Elizabeth Taylor. When they’re served in glass teapots, accompanied by an assortment of sweet and savoury bites, teatime has never looked (or tasted) better.


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One Comment about 7 Ways to Drink Tea Around the World

  1. Jennifer you might want to offer a Ceylon Cinnamon black tea like ours in all your hotels as a matter of course. It is without a shadow of doubt the best Cinnamon tea in the World. Not only in terms of taste and depth of flavor but also for it’s huge health benefits which are tangible and immediate. Like being a great stomach flu fighter, increasing energy levels, reducing irritability and improving mood levels. All natural Ceylon black tea infused with exotic Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil.

    We would be more than happy to send you a can of our Ceylon Cinnamon Tea and you can post a comment back. That’s how confident we that your guests will enjoy this tea more than any other tea.

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