The lovely fragrance of floral teas greeted us as we opened the door. The place was crowded on a wintry Saturday afternoon. Seated at the counter, we struck up an engaging conversation with the server who happened to be the owner. Seeing that I was not local, she spoke English and graciously translated the names of tea for me verbally. We were too late for the lunch sets which had more savoury options. We soon settled for an afternoon tea set. Though we only ordered one cup of tea and a tea set, we were given several different types of tea to sample which I thought was rather generous. We were particularly fascinated with moringa tea, having tasted moringa powder before which we disliked due to its strong unpleasant taste. But the herb itself was known for its numerous medicinal and health benefits and we asked the owner her opinion on the herbal tea. She offered us a tea blend of moringa, strawberry and something else whose name I forgot. The taste was rather pleasant as the moringa was present in a far more palatable amount, this being a tea blend.
The scone set turned out to be just nice and delightful. The scones themselves were light – not too buttery nor heavy unlike some scones I’ve tasted elsewhere – and slightly crunchy and coupled with tea sauce and whipped cream that could also be eaten with a tinge of salt, they turned out to be the perfect afternoon tea set.
I must confess that my knowledge of tea is limited to common ones found in supermarkets like Boh, Dilmah, Twinings and TWG (which is not found in supermarkets). This shop, Echelon Tea House, was like a boutique tea house for Mlesna tea and represented the brand very well.
We left happy and bought more tea as gifts for friends – a tealightful afternoon indeed. And I know just who to recommend this tea house to.
Echelon Tea House
3 Chome-34-3 Yoshinohonchō, Tokushima-shi, Tokushima-ken 770-0802