Friday, October 07, 2005

High Tea on the High Seas

If you fly coach on the average commercial airline, as I did recently, you'll probably have to make do with mass market trash tea, for lack of a better term. If that doesn't work for you then you might want to consider traveling on Seabourn Cruise Lines, who recently introduced a menu of more than a dozen rare estate teas, as well as a selection of teas and tisanes - the latter being the "proper" term for what most of us refer to as herbal teas.

The program has been christened Seabourn to a Tea and the teas presented will be loose leaf. Pardon me while I swoon. Among the varieties you'll encounter if you decide you're up for some upscale cruising are Bleu Peacock, a blend of premium Chinese and Formosa oolongs; Jasmine Downy Pearls; Himalaya Peak Darjeeling Organic and such herbal blends as Ginger Twist and Verbena Mint Organic.

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