I found my way to Labothéry; the tea laboratory! But first, let me tell you why I love tea so much.
When I was a little girl I used to love having tea parties. With my mum, with my dolls, with anyone I could coerce into sitting down and enjoying imaginary tea from my tiny china tea set. As I got older and started high school my mum would make me a cup of tea every morning with breakfast. Now it’s such a part of who I am I couldn’t imagine my life without a good cuppa! Which brings me to Labothéry. Many years ago I was introduced to bubble tea and I just adore it. I love the now vast array of flavors, and all the fun surprises you can add to the experience; tapioca bubbles, pearl bubbles, popping pearls, etc. So when I found a “design your own tea”experience had been created and it was called, Labothéry, I had to go.
Labothéry isn’t exactly what I imagined, but it didn’t disappoint. First you decide hot or cold. Then you pick your flavor; milk tea, tea, or slushie tea. All the flavors are colorful and fun! Then you can sweeten the milk or regular tea with various amounts of predetermined maple syrup. After that you get to choose your additional ingredients; tapioca, strawberry pearls, brown sugar bubbles, among many other choices! Then you become “Dr. Such and Such” (because they write your name in a little “Dr.” name section on the cup) and then they mix your drink. After it’s done they call out, “Dr. Such and Such, your strawberry milk tea is ready!”.
Then we sat down to enjoy our custom blended beverages. At the end of the tables on the wall they have large chalkboards where you can write your masterpiece recipe or leave a little friendly note! I’ll definitely be visiting again. I found the experience quite novel and a fun approach to bubble tea.
*Word of caution! I tried several new things when building my concoction to try and get a full experience. Most of what I tried was wonderful, but the brown sugar bubbles were not my favorite. The texture is very different from tapioca bubbles!