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Afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Hotel
Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian Hotel
Last year, 2009, because we had a friend who is a fellow tea lover with us, we decided that we would visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel for afternoon tea, we didn’t know what to expect but gave it a go. Pulling up at the hotel, we thought that we would go all the way and had valet parking and we were greeted by a man in plus 4’s and shown into the hotel, what a fabulous place, a pianist playing in the atrium as we found our way through to the garden room where tea is served, but it is so much more than tea, I have inserted below an extract from the menu page of the garden room of the Grand Floridian for you to see the extent of the menu:-
Traditional Tea Selections
Made exclusively for the Gardenview Tea Room.
Gardenview Blend - A signature blend made exclusively for Gardenview Tea Room.
Princess Breakfast Tea - A sweet custom blend of South African organic rooibos flavored with vanilla bean and a hint of strawberries. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and naturally decaffeinated.
White & Green Teas - The most delicate of teas: White teas are highly prized because of their consistency of top buds and leaves only. Named after the silver down hairs that cover the young unopened bud.
China green tea is known for its mild and subtle taste, refreshing aroma, and pale hues. The leaves range in appearance from silver to deep emerald. Japanese tea leaves are often brilliant green, reminiscent of the lush gardens they are grown in. They produce liquor that range from jade green to light yellow, with a fragrant puckery and slightly sweet taste.
Jade Leaf Green Tea - Hand picked then withered and gently dried for delicacy and a hint of sweetness. Naturally low in caffeine.
Floral Jasmine Green - Delicately perfumed with golden jasmine blossoms with fresh mellow overtones and a slightly astringent finish. Sweet, slightly tannic finish.
Jasmine White - Scented multiple times with fresh jasmine blossoms for a delicate aroma of golden Jasmine and outstanding liquor. Naturally very low in caffeine.
Black Teas - Fully fermented, gaining color and character from the processing of the leaves.
Osmanthus Oolong - Top grade oolong tea from Formosa delicately scented with rare Osmanthus flowers for a broad and unique flavor. Highly coveted and prized for its champagne aroma and deep rich flavor.
Imperial English Breakfast - Elegant and refined smooth sweetness. A blend of Ceylon and China Black Teas.
Russian Earl Grey - Inspired by the old tradition of shipping tea with lemon for flavor: Made from the rind of spicy Bergamot orange to give the exotic blend of citrus.
Eros - Medium bodied Ceylon: Sweet Mandarin orange with warm vanilla for a sweet, smooth and creamy finish.
Cassis - A rich black currant flavor for an exceptionally aromatic and sweet finish.
Mad Hatter - A blend of passion fruit, pomegranate, and vanilla for a clean and sweet finish. Perfect with decadent desserts and companions.
Herbal Infusions - A collection of herbs, flowers, fruits, berries, or spices from around the world. Herbal Infusions are naturally caffeine free.
Chamomile Flowers - A tranquil and calming herbal infusion of sweet and fragrant golden chamomile blossoms combined for a mild and sweet taste. Soft and musty aroma combined with a smooth, apple-like finish.
Harmony - A tranquil blend of sweet chamomile blossoms, peppermint, allspice and orange blossoms for a mild and sweet taste.
Lemon Verbena - Naturally caffeine-free, a refreshing infusion of lemon verbena, lemongrass, lemon balm, and lemon peel; a favorite during the summertime.
Jamaican Spice - A zesty herbal infusion with red liquor and a bouquet of flavors, tartness of hibiscus and sweetness of cinnamon for a sweet, tangy, and spicy finish.
Nobo Whole Fruit - Full bodied and rich in sweetness. An array of berries and apple, accompanied with hibiscus, rose hips, and cornflowers.
Vanilla Rooibos - Rich and full bodied with creamy vanilla finish.
Afternoon Tea Offerings
The Grand Tea - The classic English tradition of Afternoon Tea, Grand Floridian style. We offer you a variety of tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts, followed by your choice of our freshly baked tea pastries or English trifle, accompanied by a glass of Domaine Ste. -Michelle sparkling wine and your choice of tea.
Prince Edward' s Tea - A delicious array of duck and cherry terrine, chicken and pork roulade, country pate en croute, and , and English Blue Stilton, the ' King' of English cheeses. Served with marinated fresh berries, and Cumberland sauce. We then offer our delicious fresh-baked scones served with rich Devonshire cream. Your choice of our tea with a glass of our Fonseca Bin 27 Character Port.
Buckingham Palace - Our traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea.
Sally Lunn Tea - Sally Lunn bread dates back to the 18th century where it was baked fresh, then sold on the streets of Bath England by the creator. Here at the Grand Floridian, we have carried on this tradition of this sweet yeast bread served lightly toasted with apricot preserves. This is followed by a choice of either trifle or strawberries and cream, along with your choice of tea.
Mrs. Potts Tea - For the young tea lover in your party, we offer a variety of tea sandwiches, tuna salad, ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly on white bread. We serve our magical dark tea (chocolate milk), followed by a choice of two pastries
A La Carte Offerings
British Cheese Plate - a selection of traditional British cheeses, served with an array of seasonal fruit
Gentleman' s Tea Platter - house-made duck and cherry terrine, chicken & pork roulade, country pate en croute, accompanied by marinated berries, Cumberland sauce and English Blue Stilton
Plate of Assorted Tea Sandwiches
English Blue Stilton Cheese - served with walnuts and marinated berries $6. 95; served with Foncesca Port
Strawberries and Cream
Freshly Baked Scones with Devonshire Cream and Preserves
Two Jam Tarts
Sally Lunn Bread
Lemon Pound Cake
All absolutely delicious and made fresh when ordered, the pianist has a rest period and up in the gallery a band starts to play and all of this overlooking an immaculately maintained garden, it was an experience that we thoroughly enjoyed and one that we would recommend.
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