Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Level 2 tea class

Margaret's Fine Imports

Level 2 tea class at Margaret's is a fun, interactive night with great information. It expands on tea processing and terroir. I hope everyone in Pittsburgh can go!

New things:
  • The U.S. has a tea plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Margaret runs Pittsburgh Tea Club on meetup.com.
  • Flavor is enriched with the age of the tea plant: "The older the better. Just like women."
  • Use lapsang souchong (smoked tea) to marinate chicken or fish.

Great selection, and this isn't even half. Imported teas are on the other wall.

Puerh bricks and tetsubin.

This class features brew-your-own tasting! It's the first time I used a professional taster's cup.

Silver Needle Chinese white tea

Gyokuro Japanese green tea

Infused Gyokuro Japanese green tea

Glenburn Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling (India)

Infused Glenburn Estate 2nd Flush Darjeeling (India)

Puerh Kunming (cake) tea

Infused Puerh Kunming

We were surprised to find how incredibly smooth this puerh is.

Other teas sampled, but not pictured:
Huang Shan Mountain-Huang Ya yellow tea
Quangzhou Milk Oolong (China)

Parting words of wisdom from Margaret:

"If you can appreciate the tea better you're gonna have a lot more fun in your life."

"Listen to the tea kettle."

All attendees receive a free tea sampler of high-quality teas and 10% off! Teas I brought home include Golden Monkey, White Monkey Paw, China Beauty Rings, Quangzhou Milk Oolong, Black Dragon Pearls, Black Jasmine Cream. Reviews to come.

Buy your tea class Groupon here: https://www.groupon.com/biz/pittsburgh/margarets-fine-imports-tea-pittsburgh

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