After an evening of drinking champagne on Pekoe’s balcony, the intrepid tea lovers went off in search of a St Kilda sensation. The visit to 95 Espresso is one for which Pekoe had been campaigning for a while. The cold press coffee was enjoyed immensely on a previous visit, so the promise of similarly exciting tea was too tempting to ignore.
They were not disappointed.
As any self-respecting champagne drinker knows, the egg is one’s best friend after a late evening. Lady Grey and her faithful companion, Orange Pekoe, enjoyed two of the finest egg dishes ever served. Grey devoured the smashed feta and avocado topped with two perfectly poached eggs. For Pekoe, it was corn fritters unlike any other, with the same orange-yolked eggs, impeccably fried. Both Pekoe and Grey were astounded by the citrus freshness of the corn cakes.
But of course, we came for tea…
Grey ordered a cleansing lemongrass tea, that tasted far sweeter than it smelled. The interesting combination of ginger on the tongue and lemon on the nose made it sweet and refreshing. The perfect tea for a hot day.
Pekoe decided upon a honeydew brew. The first smell was like a head full of spring. Grey smelled camomile and Pekoe enjoyed the tiny hint of floral sweetness on the tongue. Like most leaves, the bitterness developed as it brewed, so the tiny tang on the side of the tongue that one first enjoyed with delicate sips lost its sweet notes by the end of the pot. It would be a fabulous tea for a champagne breakfast, but would need to be brewed and then strained shortly afterwards.
Either would be wonderful with gin.