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High tea at The Phoenician

High tea at The Phoenician's Lobby Tea Court.

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5 Scottsdale Tea Experiences You Need to Know About

By Aitana Yvette Mallari

Photo courtesy of The Phoenician

01.26.17

Whether you've just been introduced to tea or just want to take a break from coffee beans, here are five places in the Valley ranging from the traditional to the inventive.

1. The Lobby Tea Court at the Phoenician

 Sophisticated timeouts happen daily from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lobby Tea Court. Enjoy Full Tea for $42 per person, complete with fresh baked scones and finger sandwiches, or upgrade to Grand Royal Tea ($70 per person) and add Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne—perfect for enjoying live music. Reservation required. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.423.2530

 

Teaspressa Scottsdale and Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at Andaz Scottsdale

Teaspressa photo by Constance Higley; Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen photo by Sara Swiger

2. Teaspressa

Don’t forget to bring the camera—tea is prepared like gourmet coffee in this Instagram-worthy café. The concentrated, thicker consistencies allow patrons to get caffeinated without worrying about the crash while keeping coffee shop elements like latte art. 7033 E. Main Street, Suite 100, Scottsdale, 917.710.5748

3. Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

Take a sip and feast your eyes on the desert horizon at the Hyatt Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa. This resto puts a modern spin on an ancient drink, steeping flavorful flights to perfection and serving them in test tubes. 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.214.4622

 

Souvia Tea and High Tea at the Biltmore Resort

Souvia Tea photo by Aitana Yvette Mallari; High Tea photo courtesy of Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

4. Souvia Tea

There is a library of over 140 different teas and herbs at this zen location. The owners take into account everything from the harvesting process to the specific water temperatures to the vessel in which it's served in order to craft the best-tasting cups. Most teas are organic, and there's always something new to sample. Don't know where to start? 'Tea 101' classes are available to those who want to broaden their tea knowledge through hands-on experiences--plus students always have something special to take home after each lesson! 15414 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 602.938.1216

5. High Tea at the Arizona Biltmore

To experience an authentic English High Tea without the jetlag, look no further than the sunroom. Guests are presented with an eclectic selection of black, green, white and herbal teas as well as scrumptious sandwiches. Gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and vegan menu options are also available. $50 per person. 2400 E. Missouri Ave, Phoenix, 602.955.6600