A Moment With Our Artisans, Gabrielle Jammal, Tea Sommelier

How to Elevate Your Tea Experience at Home

The artisan behind Baccarat Hotel New York’s inspired tea program shares her tips for preparing the perfect pot of tea. “Tea is such a significant part of our lives and a very personal passion for so many around the world,” says Gabrielle. “It is part of the fabric of every culture and the foundation for wellness. It is also something that can be enjoyed anywhere at any time, and helping others create their own special tea experience is tremendously rewarding to me.”

STEP 1: CHOOSING THE RIGHT TEA

Start with a whole leaf, loose, organic Tisane (herbal) tea.  My personal favorite is Chrysanthemum or Elderflower.  Then simply measure out one heaping teaspoon per eight ounce cup.

 

Loose Tea Leaves

 

STEP 2: BREWING IT PERFECTLY

Bring clean, cold water to a rolling boil. Place the Tisane of your choice in a teapot with an infuser and pour the boiling water over it.  Let it steep for five minutes.

Baccarat Afternoon Tea

 

STEP 3: WHAT TO ENJOY IT WITH

This really comes down to individual preferences. But some of my recommendations are multi-grain toast with lemon curd, banana bread, slices of Manchego cheese, or even a dram of whisky!

The Prince of Wales Afternoon Tea Set-up at Baccarat NY

 

 

AFTERNOON TEA AT BACCARAT HOTEL NEW YORK

Honoring the legendary crystal brand’s heritage of creating masterpieces for generations of royal households, Baccarat Hotel New York has imagined tea services reflective of those enjoyed in palaces around the world. The inventive afternoon tea program offers a unique immersion in the fine of art of tea through a celebration of historical personalities that have associations with the time-honored brand. Partnerships with premier tea brands, including In Pursuit of Tea, Camellia Sinensis, and Mariage Frères, further enhances the transporting experience.