tea workshop…

a pleasant atmosphere

a pleasant atmosphere

a delicate green tea

a delicate green tea

Taiwan Wulong

Taiwan Wulong

Puerh Tea

Puerh Tea

all ten brews for comparison

all ten brews for comparison

all ten teas - brew and leaves

all ten teas - brew and leaves

Last weekend, I visited a local teashop to participate in their inaugural tea workshop. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate with just 5 of us plus the proprietor/tea expert. We sipped our way through 10 teas starting with the most delicate white tea, Bai Hao Yin Zhen which had a subtly sweet overtone and turned out to be an all round favourite with most, on to 4 very different greens teas, to the Wulongs which I love, then to red teas and finishing with a warmly earthy and strong Puerh, Ker Yi Xing Shou Bing Cha. It was interesting that in the end I liked the most extreme ends of the scale best this time even though for day to day, I mostly drink green and wulong teas. Perhaps it’s time to make a change!

Definitely a very pleasant as well as informative way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning – highly recommended! In case you think this would be just for people very familiar with Chinese tea, we took a friend with us who is a tea neophyte and she enjoyed herself thoroughly as well.

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4 Responses to “tea workshop…”

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun in trying out new kinds of tea. I too favor the Oolongs for my everyday teas but I’m not partial to the Green Tea anymore. That’s all become just for on occasion now. I only want to have the darker Oolongs most of the time anymore. –Jason

    • Yes, it was a great way to try out and compare them. I prefer the less fermented Wulongs myself – which would explain why I also like green teas I guess! Anyway, it is wonderful that there is really such a huge range of flavours all called “tea”.

  2. For me, the nicest aspect about a tea workshop is getting to compare the subtle differences in taste when the infusion is timed just right. I never realized before how much of a difference it makes, in terms of sweetness/bitterness.

    • That was part of what made it very interesting. I have enjoyed the various flavours of different kinds of tea for a long time but have never sat down and compared ten teas one after the other like that before – it was really eye opening… perhaps I should say taste-bud… or rather perception opening!

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