Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Whatchu know about teas?
Whittard of Chelsea
I think by now I can go head to head with anyone on the subject of teas. I attended four very different tea tastings as part of my research for my recently published article in the Weekly Dig. You can check it out here.
Here are some pictures from my recent tea tasting escapades:
Timeless Tea's Sri Lankan Tea Seminar
Professional Cupping Set
What is a professional cupping set, exactly? It is a specially designed cup used by master tea blenders in Sri Lanka. A master blender can taste a tea and tell you exactly which tea garden it was grown in.
The Agony & Two Leaves and a Bud
Afkhan Salie, a certified tea expert, stressed the importance of finding "two leaves and a bud" as an indicator of highest quality tea. While we waited for the tea leaves to unfurl, his mother, Haleema, also a certified tea expert, described the waiting as "the agony." How poetic. Sure enough, my leaves unfurled and indeed my professional cupping set came through with two leaves and a bud.
But let's be honest, I'm all over the food. I have been thinking about Saleema's Sri Lankan fish cutlet for days.
Swan's Cafe Afternoon Tea in the Park Plaza Hotel
You know it's time to go home when your leftovers get wrapped up into a swan.
Whittard of Chelsea's Blending Bar.