The St. James Gazette & Market Scoop ~ #65

“Tea with Mr. Darcy”

As we prepare to embark on our trip to the esteemed Pemberley estate, there is an inspiring collection of dishes to look forward to! Starting July 30th, come be a part of a delightfully classic British tale by celebrated female author Jane Austen! “Tea with Mr. Darcy” will serve up a three-tiered tray of carefully curated culinary indulgences as you linger for two hours in the romance of the Regency Era. View full menu.

Featured Drink: Regency Punch

Prince George the Fourth, also known as the Prince Regent for whom the Regency Era was named, enjoyed a fine concoction of punch with many a meal at the palace. It was common at the time to serve such a mixed drink at balls, parties, and even informal gatherings as a refreshing and delicious beverage sure to favor the event with cheer and elegance.

Traditionally this Regency Punch was a blend of green tea, champagne, and citrus. In our St. James twist of Prince George’s favorite, is a local sparkling wine, our own Garden Bouquet green tea, and a touch of lemon!

Featured Products for July

Exclusive Tea: Bingley & Jane

Returning to the Tearoom this August is the popular Bingley & Jane fruit scented black tea! This tea is the perfect marriage of peaches and brown sugar. Lively like Mr. Bingley yet gentle like Jane, you are sure to fall in love with these flavors, reminiscent of a freshly baked peach cobbler.

For a limited time exclusive variety packs will be available to purchase, too. These will include a 1 ounce tin of “Bingley & Jane” as well as “Darcy & Elizabeth,” a brand-new exclusive tea only available to purchase in this boxed set. Also inside you’ll find a tea ball, silver spoon, and small bag of sugar. But hurry; quantities are extremely limited!

Tips from a Tea Master: Janisse

A lot goes into the perfect cup of tea. Today’s tip on how to brew the ideal cup comes from Janisse, a Market Attendant and most recently inducted into our Tearoom Tea Masters:

“To make my perfect pot of tea, I usually taste the tea at least thirty seconds before the recommended steeping time to see where the tea is in the tea making process and to make sure the tea is not being over steeped. From there, it is easier to determine if it needs to be steeped less than the recommended steeping time, the exact time, or longer. Tasting the tea throughout the steeping process is key, especially as all teas are different, and a few seconds can actually make a difference in achieving your perfect pot.”