It will be a comparative tasting with guided tutorial throughout, on a special category of Oolong tea called Rock Tea. I will first introduce the background knowledge including the tea region, growing conditions, tea making process etc. I will introduce the concepts of varietal difference, terroir and ageing potential in the world of fine tea. I will guide the guests to appreciate tea from complexity, length, and finesse of tea as well as to experience how flavours could change from the 1st infusion to the 5th (or a later) infusion of the same tea. I will present professional tea brewing techniques and explain how it is important to bring the best out of tea. We taste four different teas in two flights to showcase two broad themes respectively: 1). how different varietals of tea plant can contribute to flavour differences ; 2). Ageing potential, how tea flavours could change after a decade of ageing. We finish with a blind tasting challenge to make it a fun and more memorable experience.
I'm the founder of Lore of Tea Ltd. Lore of Tea is set up to bring the authentic top quality tea as well as professional knowledge of Chinese tea culture to this country. After many years of living in London, I find that it difficult to find truly great teas here. Fine teas from its country of origin (China) shows great aromatic complexity, flavour depth, textural finesse and lingering finish. Certain types of teas such as Rock Tea from Wuyi Mountain have varietal expression, terroir difference and excellent ageing potential, just like fine wine from Europe. I have hosted many events to to show these interesting characteristics and sometimes compare to fine wine (I am also a fine wine professional). Everyone says this is something they've never experienced. I hold Advanced Certificate in Chinese Tea Art and also teach Chinese tea culture
Some examples: Rock Tea - Yellow Buddha Vintage 2017 Rock Tea - Rare Orchid Vintage 2017 Rock Tea - Sparrow's Tongue Vintage…
Gaiwan set (tea-ware set for professional way of brewing fine teas, also called Kong Fu tea).
Event will be held in the tea room of Bloomsbury Gallery, address: 34 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QJ London, near the British Museum
Best to come after meal as tea helps digestion and make you feel hungry if you come with empty stomach. Best to come with fresh palate. Aromas and flavors of tea tend to be delicate and subtle, strong food or smoke might prevent you from best enjoying them. Please do not wear perfume.
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