We will prepare 3 to 4 teas as you learn more about each tea, their farmers, producers, the mountains where the trees and bushes grew, and the different processes that made these delicate leaves into various types of tea. With each sip, you may discover a new flavor, transform your palate, or even uncover a new sensibility within you. You will also be given the opportunity for some hands-on experience brewing teas. It is a great time to meet other tea enthusiasts while mingling and sharing your tea experiences.
THESE 2 black teas, Ruby 18 and Yunnan Gold, are of different regions and different varietal, but they both carry high notes of spices and edgy sensations, with colorful flavors that last through many steepings. I like to serve them after dinner parties as the caffeine keeps the conversations lively while the flavors bring out the fun in tasting.
Ruby 18 Sun Moon Lake - Nantou, Taiwan
A modern cultivar, Ruby 18 Sun Moon Lake from Taiwan is a cross between Taiwanese indigenous tea plant and Assam original, resulting in complex flavors that exudes the fragrance of hinoki wood.
Yunnan Gold - Yunnan, China
Fermented in piles for 40 days during processing, this black tea is like no other. With golden tips, tones of caramelized honey, and a thick peppery earthiness, it is enjoyable without cream and sugar.
DO you know the difference between First flush and Second flush of Darjeeling? We will analyze and compare the two, their differences in taste, the leaves while dry and wet, their aromas, and the colors of the brews! You will be surprised by how different a few months can make.
Darjeeling First Flush - Arya Estate Organic, India
Founded and cultivated by Buddhist monks in the 1800’s, Arya Estate’s FTGFOP1 is known for its unusual musky yet floral flavor and beautiful light orange hue. Clean and crisp, it is indeed, the champagne of tea.
Darjeeling Second Flush - Goomtee Estate, India
Goomtee Estate produces FTGFOP1 of great quality and distinction. Its leaves exudes a very strong and deeply flavorful tea liquor with notes of wood and spice and a long lingering finish.
- Chih Hui Burns, Teance Tea Buyer