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T+L Reports: Artisanal Tea

In our high-octane culture, tea aficionados are picking up speed. Whether you have a penchant for hand-picked green anemone or jasmine pearls, new emporiums and specialty salons have finally let the tea out of the bag.
—Francine Maroukian

LAS VEGAS
True Tea, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-9358; www.inpursuitoftea.com
WHAT The first retail store from an artisanal Brooklyn company brings single-estate teas to a popular mall in Sin City.
FANS Chefs like Tom Colicchio and Daniel Boulud, who serve the brews in their restaurants.
WHAT'S HOT Custom-blended teas from around the world. Aged Pu-erhs and oolongs from China are rich in flavor.

NEW YORK
Tracy Stern Salontea, City Club Hotel, 55 W. 44th St.; 212/398-1323; www.salonteas.com
WHAT A 12-seat jewel-box salon with afternoon service. Hourglass timers ensure that your cup doesn't oversteep.
FANS Six whimsically named blends attract author Candace Bushnell and actress Kim Cattrall.
WHAT'S HOT New varieties of chai, with rooibos, a red tea from South Africa; Silver Needle White, which has virtually no caffeine.

BEVERLY HILLS
Le Palais des Thés, 401 N. Canon Dr.; 310/271-7922; www.palaisdesthes.com
WHAT The debut U.S. outpost of a French emporium features a glass-topped thé bar that seats eight.
FANS Industry types like Darren Star and Rene Russo love the serene vibe and 200 types of tea.
WHAT'S HOT Vitamin-packed Ryokucha Midori, or Japanese tea of the samurai, and Chinese Long Jing.

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