Holidays & Tea @ The Urban Tea Merchant

To kick off the holiday season, we were invited to The Urban Tea Merchant to try out their Holiday Tea Service.

Since our last visit for the Moon Festival Tea Service, the décor changed up a bit to bring in the festive season.  It's always a feast for the sensory receptors just to look at and smell the different teas in their lovely packaging.

To start, we were served tea-infused champagne cocktails along with petit choux and tea-infused butter.  The cocktails were refreshing and bubbly, with a nice touch of tea.  I really love the butter and could just eat that along with the choux and call it a day.

The tea service came in a traditional three-tier tea server, filled generously with savouries and sweets.  We were also served two TWG teas -- "Red Christmas" and "White Christmas".  I'm actually not huge on rooibos teas, but I found the Red Christmas tea to be delightful with pleasant spices highlighting the red bush tea.  The White Christmas with silver needle tea leaves was much lighter and topped off with aromatics.

The bottom tier was filled to the brim with food, including the sweet potato purée on a flaky pastry, tuna tataki crostini, two variations of turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce, smoked salmon with ponzu jelly, roast beef sandwiches, as well as a chicken salad cone.  I still enjoyed the smoked salmon as much as I did the first time around, and the sweet potato purée was quite sweet and finely puréed.

The middle tier consisted of scones, as well as gingerbread with Red Christmas tea icing and signature tea truffles.  The scones were definitely notable highlights of the meal since they were really buttery and fluffy.  I absolutely loved the gingerbread as well, which had more of a cake consistency and quite moist.  Really cute with the fondant poinsettias.  The chocolate dipped strawberries on the top tier are always nice, and the macarons, petit fours, and fruit ended the meal nicely.

The tea service here was really quite enjoyable, and there was way more food than we could finish.  Along with the leftovers we had packed, the tea service includes an $8 credit towards any TWG tea.

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Vancouver, BC
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