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Tea trivia Sunday: for the love of white tea

Welcome to The Secret Garden’s Tea Trivia Sunday!

Each Sunday, we publish a small bit of information about tea, tea pottery and tea accessories. If you have questions, comments or would like to see us publish an article on a specific topic, please let us know.


White Tea

White tea is the most delicate and freshest tea available as it is minimally processed.
New, young tea leaves and buds from the Camellia senensis plant are harvested for only a few weeks each spring. This happens only in the Northern District of Fujian, China and can only be labeled white tea if it comes from the Fujian Province.


“Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds
are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia (Chinese: 茶花; pinyin: Cháhuā, literally: “tea flower”)
of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. -wikipedia”

The leaves are typically picked mid-March to early April and only during the right conditions. The leaves cannot be picked if it is rainy or humid.

White tea is named for the silvery type down that covers the leaves and unopened buds. This is known as “Hao”.


Flavor profile

aroma-aromatic-close-up-stock (2)As the flavor is so delicate, common flavor profile descriptions include:

  • Floral
  • Sweet
  • Grassy
  • Delicate
  • Honey
  • Subtle
  • Fruity
  • Mild
  • Melon
  • Herby
  • Peach
  • Citrus
  • Apricot
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla


  1. Tea does not go bad, but it can go stale. If cared for properly your tea will remain fabulous for up to a year.
  2. Store tea in a cool, dark place and away from oxygen and moisture.
  3. Never store tea in the refrigerator.
  4. Your tea will last longer if stored in an opaque, airtight container.
  5. Coffee and spices can spread their flavor on to your tea, so it should be stored in a different cupboard or pantry.


How to brew the perfect pot of tea

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Tour de thé de France

Jparisoin a  Secret Garden Tea Tour and discover the most charming, romantic areas of France. Explore enchanting chateaus and gardens, watch Limoges china being made inside the factories, shop china outlets, antique shops and famous flea markets. All this and afternoon tea too!


You will feel like a true Parisian as we navigate the city like locals, hopping the Metro (subway) in Paris and joining our tour guide and driver for our journey through France.

We have chosen our 3 and 4 star accommodations for their location, exquisite charm and grace.

You don’t speak French? No problem!
You need not be fluent in French, as the tour will be a uniquely casual, family style experience as we travel together as a small group, working in unison to overcome the language barrier.

Independent Excursions
There will be free time in the schedule for independent excursions or relaxation, as most evenings free to enjoy however you please.

Tour Price Includes

  • Lodging  
  • All group travel in France
  • All group tour entries
  • All group transportation
  • Breakfast    
  • Afternoon Tea


What Is NOT included

  • Most dinners
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Optional tours and events

Tour Dates and Costs

Dates    Tuesday, June 25 to Monday,  July 8, 2019

Price    $4995 plus airfare
(based on double occupancy)

Payment Schedule

Upon Application    $1500
February 1  $1500
April 1   balance due

The tour begins in Paris on Tuesday, June 25th.  In most cases, you will fly from the US on Monday, June 24th  The tour ends on Monday, July 8th in Paris.

Day 1  Tuesday

Arrive in Paris
Make your way to hotel  (4 nights)
Hop on Hop off bus tour
Evening Welcome Tea

Day 2 Wednesday

Parisian Lifestyle Course
Mid-day Afternoon Tea (Paris Ritz)
Eiffel Tower

Day 3 Thursday

Guided tour of Isle de la Cite
And *Notre Dame
Guided Tour of *Louvre
Late Afternoon Tea (Hotel)

Day 4 Friday

Walk the Champs Elysee
*Musee d’Orsay
Mid-Day Afternoon Tea at Lauduree
Shop at Nina’s and Mariage Frères
Evening:  guided tour of Montmartre

Day 5 Saturday

Check out of hotel/Pick up by mini bus
Mid-Day Afternoon Tea at Angelina’s
*Giverny (Monet’s house and gardens)
Overnight (Rouen)

Day 6 Sunday

Mont St Michel (1 night)
Group Dinner

Day 7  Monday

Travel to Limoges (2 nights)
Limoges china factory tour and outlet

Day 8 Tuesday

Limoges china factory tour
Porcelain Kiln Museum
Shop china factory outlets

Day 9 Wednesday

Travel to Loire Valley
Chateau Villandry
Group Dinner
Amboise (2 nights)

Paris IIDay 10 Thursday

Chateau Chambord
Chateau Chenonceau
Mid-Day Afternoon Tea (Chenonceau)

Day 11 Friday

Return to Paris (3 nights)
Late Afternoon Tea (Hotel)

Day 12 Saturday

Guided tour of Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (Flea Market at Clingancourt)
Late Afternoon Tea (Hotel)

 Day 13 Sunday

Marché Aux Puces de Vanves (another flea market)
Free time
Dinner Cruise on the Seine

Day 14 Monday

Tour ends
* Skip the Line tickets

Itinerary subject to minor changes



Each day will begin with breakfast in our hotel.

There will be several days where lunch  will be on your own and you may want to keep it light or simply have a snack as more often than not  we will be enjoying afternoon tea later as a group. 

While in Paris, we will enjoy several famous tea salons and 5 star hotel teas, but once we are outside the city, there are few places that serve a traditional afternoon tea.  

Three dinners will be included in the tour, including a dinner cruise of the Seine on our last night in Paris.  The itinerary shows all included meals.

Be prepared for a lot of walking, as it is truly the only way to experience each place on the itinerary. We will use the Metro in Paris to move about the city, and will have a small bus and driver for our travels outside the city.


All rooms have en suite bathrooms.
Tour prices are based on double occupancy.  If you do not have a roommate accompanying you on the trip, you will be paired with another un-paired traveler of the same sex.

Most accommodations will have two twin beds in the room however occasionally the only choice available is a queen sized bed.

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