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Another Watergate Scandal: the Hotel Now Offers $400 High Tea - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Nov 09,2017
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The Watergate Hotel now offers a weekend afternoon high-tea service. Photography courtesy of the Watergate Hotel.

Source Washingtonian

BY ERICA SLOAN

WASHINGTON, DC. - Afternoon tea in England is a beloved ritual in many households. But in Washington, it’s a fancy event that’s mostly relegated to luxury hotels. A number of places like the Park Hyatt and Henley Park offer high tea with splurges that range from poached lobster sandwiches at the St. Regis to cherry blossom “sushi tea” at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner. Now the Watergate is joining the club with a new afternoon tea service that contains the biggest splurge of all: private reserve, cave-aged pu’erh tea. The 1949 vintage goes for a whopping $350—that is, on top of the regular afternoon tea price of $50.

So yes, that's $400 for tea—though for tea snobs who know pu’erh, the price is far from surprising, especially for a variety that’s been aged for 75 years. This unique tea variety has drawn an intense cult following, with a prestige that’s comparable to a vintage Champagne or decades-old Scotch. It originates in China’s southwest province of Yunnan, where it’s aged in caves and allowed to naturally ferment. The changing nature of the tea’s bacteria over time is what transforms it into the dark, earthy brew patrons can sample on the Watergate’s new menu.

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