Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blue Duck Tavern Unveils Its New Matcha Beverages for Summer 2016

Hot Matcha Latte

From our friends at Blue Duck Tavern...

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Blue Duck Tavern & Blue Duck Lounge at Park Hyatt Washington, located at 24th and M Streets, NW, are pleased to introduce the newest addition to their innovative Gin & Tonic program at the bar, house-made Matcha Tonic. Packed with an arsenal of antioxidants, Blue Duck Tavern's new matcha tonic is made with all natural ingredients such as sugar in the raw, grapefruit zest, yuzu juice, chinchona bark, and matcha tea. For the perfect complement, guests are invited to pair their matcha tonic with Strawberry house-infused gin, or experiment with one of Blue Duck Tavern's other unique pairings. Selections for the gin & tonic program include: Green Almond or Cardamom Cilantro-infused gins,with Rhubarb and Espelette or Lime and Pink Peppercorn flavored tonics. Gin & Tonics are priced at $14 each.

Additionally, those seeking a non-alcoholic pick me up can savor a traditional Matcha Tea, Matcha Latte, or a refreshing Iced Matcha to ward off the summer heat, all priced at $10 each. Blue Duck Tavern and Lounge carefully prepares each matcha tea creating a smooth, creamy, sweet beverage. Matcha is the perfect way to start the day as it is naturally one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants on the planet. One cup of matcha has around 10 times the amount of antioxidants when compared to a cup of regular loose leaf tea. Blue Duck Tavern's matcha contains a relatively high caffeine content compared to other teas which gives a refreshing energetic lift without the “jitters.”

Blue Duck Tavern source's their matcha from Rare Tea Cellars and only the best quality tencha is used for their Premium matcha Tea. Each batch is imported directly from Nishio, Japan, where the best matcha in the world is produced. Tencha is the Gyokuro leaves that have been shaded and carefully picked by hand; then they sort and discard any stems or damaged leaves. This process is then followed by stone grinding the leaves to create the bright spring green powder. Part of the uniqueness of matcha is that it includes the entire leaf. For all other tea, no matter where it is grow and no matter how it is processed, one infuses tea leaves in water, discards the leaves and drinks only the tea-flavored water. In matcha, one drinks the leaf and water because it is brewed from a dried, powdered full leaf, leaving nothing left to be discarded. This, more than anything else, is why the flavor and the naturally-occurring elements are more intense and more healthful.

To make a reservation for Park Hyatt Washington in the U.S. or Canada, please call 1(800) 778-7477 or visit www.parkhyattwashington.com.

About Blue Duck Lounge:
Blue Duck Tavern’s 60-seat Lounge offers guests an oasis in the nation’s capital with comfortable seating and “Capitol Hill” glass-enclosed booths flanking a distinctive marble and glass bar. A unique lounge-style power breakfast is served here each morning, followed by a full lunch menu and evening fare ideal for pre or post-theater dining. There is also a nightly cheese presentation showcasing artisanal cheeses by the ounce. Tempting seasonal cocktails, classic martinis and an extensive wine list, with many special by-the-glass selections complement these offerings. Adjacent to the Blue Duck Lounge, is the Tea Cellar, which features more than 50 rare and limited production single-estate teas from remote regions around the world.

About Park Hyatt Washington:
Park Hyatt Washington combines dynamic modernism with classic American style. Located in the fashionable West End Georgetown neighborhood, near Embassy Row and the Smithsonian Museums, Park Hyatt Washington affords guests convenient access to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions of the nation’s capital. With 216 guestrooms and suites, a Tea Cellar offering rare and vintage tea selections, and an intimate Spa Room, Park Hyatt Washington provides a truly unique experience. The hotel is home to the award-winning restaurant, Blue Duck Tavern, an elegant neighborhood tavern offering menu selections focusing on the freshest ingredients available from regional purveyors. Park Hyatt Washington offers flexible meeting and event space, The Gallery, with seasonal catering by Executive Chef Franck Loquet. To make a reservation for Park Hyatt Washington in the U.S. or Canada, please call 1(800) 778-7477 or visit www.parkhyattwashington.com.

About Blue Duck Tavern:
Located in the Park Hyatt Washington, at the corner of 24 and M Streets, NW, the dining room of Blue Duck Tavern is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily - breakfast from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM; lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM; dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM on Sunday-Thursday and 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday-Saturday; and Saturday & Sunday brunch from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The restaurant has seasonal outdoor seating for 45 guests, a semi-private dining room for up to 12 guests, and a Chef’s Table situated adjacent to the open kitchen seats up to 20 guests. Reservations for Blue Duck Tavern may be made by calling (202) 419-6755 or by visiting www.blueducktavern.com.