Today I had a 11:00 a.m. reservation for a tea tasting at The Rendezvous With Tea, something I always enjoy. Naszreen [the owner] said only one new tea was going to be introduced at this tasting, and the other seven would be teas we've already tasted.
I arrived a few minutes before the tasting began and placed my order for 50 grams of Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos [my 'go to' after 3:00 o'clock since it doesn't contain caffeine], and 50 grams of Bohemian Raspberry green tea. Both are so good!
Naszreen's specialty teas - Michigana and 1600 Pennsylvania finally arrived in sachet form so I bought some of them, plus her Magical Motown tea.
The tasting area was all set up with the loose tea to touch and smell before tasting the tea.
Naszreen told us the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong has the most expensive Afternoon Tea in the world.
She also talked a little bit about yellow tea - a rare tea produced in China with processing similar to green tea, but the drying process is slower, and the damp tea leaves are allowed to sit and yellow.
The new tea we sampled today was Pu-erh Creme Caramel from Yunnan, China. I've tasted unflavored pu-erh before and didn't care for it. It was too 'earthy' for my taste buds. I concluded an 'acquired' taste had to be cultivated to enjoy it. But today's caramel flavored pu-erh was quite good.
Something sweet and savory is served at every tasting, and it's always delicious. The slice of quiche pictured below was made with Lapsang Souchong tea, so it had a wonderful, smoky taste.
The next tasting is October 12th, and my reservation has been made! Naszreen left us with a tea quote from Shen-Nung [who is credited with discovering tea in 2737 BC] "Tea is better than wine, for it leadeth not to intoxication, neither does it cause a man to say foolish things and repent thereof in his sober moments."