Another country where tea drinking was generally reserved for the noble classes was France. King Louis XIV drank tea for his health. Tea was believed to aid digestion, prevent gout, and ward off heart disorders. It is reported that the Princesse de Tarente drank 12 cups of tea a day. Tea was seen as a drink of decadence and indulgence for the elite, and we all know what happened to Marie Antoinette abd her king.
Fortunately, despite its bourgeois beginnings, tea eventually became a drink for everyman, and has seen a new favorability in France. French pastries and tea make perfect partners.
I don't have any exquisite French teas, so I'll settle for a white tea with plum.