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Lounge Loves | High tea at Taj Palace, Delhi

Introduced this week at its Tea Lounge, the menu offers 30 varieties of premium estate teas. The selection has been pared down from the earlier 100. The new selection features teas from every tea-growing tradition and terroir, Indian or foreign— besides the mandatory delicate Darjeelings, robust Assams and fragrant Nilgiris, there is organic chai brewed to Ayurvedic specifications, there’s tea from Sikkim’s sole tea estate, from Kangra and Nepal and Sri Lanka. There are green teas from Japan and Vietnam, the fabled smoky Chinese black tea Lapsang Souchong, and the grassy Egyptian chamomile. But if you must get your caffeine fix from coffee alone, then there are 10 single-origin coffees.

Fresh brew: Choose from 30 varieties of tea.

If there’s one bone to pick, it’s the china—a civilized experience like this calls for dainty British tea service.

The set menus are available from 3-6pm and priced at 950, plus taxes (Rs 1,100 extra for a glass of champagne) per head, though the hotel recommends a couple share it.

Amrita Roy

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