New discovery! A lovely wee tea shop on Leven Street. All loose leaf teas and delicate glass teapots…perfect!
I popped in on my way back from a less than satisfactory haircut, looking like a drowned rat and in need of a good cup of loose leaf tea. The shop is tiny, with shelves and shelves of boxed and packaged teas, my equivalent of a childhood sweetshop. There are only a couple of seats, (NB. as I discovered, no hidden corners for smuggling your multipack Heat/OK/Now magazines), perfect for watching the world go by and eavesdropping on the owners impart their knowledge on tea-keen customers.
I opted for Pai Mu Dan, a delicate Chinese white tea, and a slice of carrot cake. Apparently, according to a previous review, cake is a bit gauche in the world of tea houses but due to aforementioned haircut, it was a necessity. I’ll have my cake and eat it. The owner was happy to refill my pot with hot water and I got the impression he’d be only to happy to talk you through the dozens of teas on the menu. This is obviously a passionate venture as well as an apparently lucrative project.
It looks like Edinburgh really is coming around to tea. My 2012 tea education is well underway!