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“Women are like tea bags. They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water,” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I was thrilled to be asked to attend the Lipton High Tea Event at the Masterchef pop-up restaurant last weekend.
We were introduced to 16 new flavours ranging from a twist on the expected, such as Russian Earl Grey with blue petals, to more exotic infusions from around the world such as Orange Jaipur. The Lipton Pyramid tea range is blended with the freshest tea leaves, real fruit pieces, petals and spices to suit every taste, and every occasion.
I arrived at the high tea to a gorgeous setup of teas, and a delicious menu detailing the treats that were to accompany our drinks
The pyramid shape of these new Lipton teas has allowed for longer tea leaves and bigger pieces of ingredients such as lemon peel, cinnamon bark and jasmine petals. The extra space within the pyramid teabag allows the tea leaves and fresh fruit pieces to swirl about more freely within the teabag and thereby release their great refreshing taste. In a sense, you get the benefits of both worlds – the experience of loose leaf tea in a teapot, with the convenience of a teabag.
I started with the Refreshing Mint Tea (a herbal infusion of peppermint leaves, roasted chicory roots & lemongrass) while my girlfriend Lisa had the Forest Fruits Tea (a quality black tea with strawberry, raspberry, red currant, blackberry & cherry pieces).
Lisa’s tea smelt amazing and mine was a refreshing way to cleanse the palate in time for the delicious treats 🙂
We were treated to Waldorf Finger Sandwiches, Friands with tea-infused raisins, a “Zumbaron” (Famous Australian Pastry Chef Adriano Zumbo’s wacky take on a macaron), a piece of the Lolly Bag Cake (made famous during a Masterchef pressure test challenge) and a vegemite caramel chocolate cup.
I must admit… I was scared to try the vegemite caramel chocolate cup. I mean – I am not a fan of people mixing sweets & savoury together and I refuse to make my children vegemite sandwiches (vegemite must be with butter on hot toast!!), but this was delicious! It had a similar taste to a salted caramel and the flavours strangely worked!
I have never been a huge fan of macarons. Yes – I was swept up in the craze and had a few tries here and here, but I never really added them to my party food ‘repetoire’, believing that they weren’t worth the time and effort involved in making them. I wasn’t really excited to try the Zumboron, but gosh, I am glad I did!
This macaron was popcorn flavor with some salted popcorn on top of a popcorn flavoured shell and it contained the most delicious buttery filling inside. Yum yum!
We were ready for our second teas and we decided to try the Orange Jaipur tea (a refreshing black tea with orange peel, but no bitter aftertaste) and the Green Gunpowder tea (a green tea with a natural pear flavor – the name describes the appearance of the leaves which are rolled and look like balls of gunpowder). The Orange Jaipur tea was my favourite tea from the day – I’ve never had an Orange tea before and this was so refreshing and delicious.
We were lucking enough to meet Kylie Millar from Season 4 of Masterchef on the day.
She was SO lovely! We chatted about her experiences on Masterchef, her new career as a Pastry Chef at Burch & Purchese and which teas we had to try! For the record – Green Gunpowder is her fav 🙂
I have to dedicate a section of this blog post what was the highlight of my day (and maybe even my baking career)….. the Lolly Bag Cake
The Lolly Bag Cake is by Bernard Chu from Lux Bite in South Yarra, Melbourne. It is a 7 layer cake comprising of ingredients made of classic Australian lollies such as a Redskin glaze, spearmint leaf buttercream (my favourite part), banana lolly Jaconde (almond sponge cake), musk ‘mellow’, mandarin jaffa ganache and a freckle crunch.
Lisa might be smiling in this photo… little did she know how close I came to stealing her cake!!
I am still salivating over that cake and now that I know I can buy one for $30 I might have to treat myself one day soon!
Yes – I did spend a few minutes mourning the loss of my cake and wondering whether I could get away with licking the plate 🙂
We were lucky enough to take home samples of the teas – which was great because there are 16 flavours and I didn’t get to try all of them!!
Russian Earl Grey, Green Gunpowder, Orange Jaipur, Mild Ceylon, English Breakfast, Forest Fruits, Temptation Summer Fruits, Peach Mango, Passion Raspberry, Uplifting Lemon Ginger, Refreshing Mint, Calming Chamomile, Green Tea Aromatic Lemon, Green Tea Mandarin Orange, Green Tea Jasmine Petals & Green Tea Intense Mint. All available for purchase at leading retailers with an RRP of $3.79 for a pack of 20.
I’m really excited that 5 readers will get the chance to win Lipton Pyramid tea sample packets, each containing 8 flavours from the Pyramid range (see the terms and conditions here)
The deadline for the giveaway is 5pm Friday 25th October and is open to Australian residents age 14+. To enter simply comment below and answer the following question
“Which Lipton tea flavor would YOU serve for high tea?” (You can check out the flavours here)
The 5 most creative comments will be selected as winners