Free Tea Tasting Schedule
Green Tea, Saturday August 23nd, 12:30am-3:30pm, 20% off for these teas during the tasting hours.
For this week's tea tasting I decided to revisit some of my favorite Chinese green teas. Green tea is one of my favorite categories of tea because it is light and refreshing while staying complex and interesting. Green tea can be sweet, bitter, grassy, fruity, earthy, or any combination of these. This week we will sample Dragon Well superior, An Ji white, and Meng Ding Yu Lu. Come by and taste these excellent teas!
An Ji White, An ji white is a unique Chinese green tea that has high level of theanine, which makes it sweet and fresh and not bitter or astringent. Newly developed (in 1979), this tea comes from Tian Mu Mountain, Zhejiang Province. Harvested between mid April and mid May when the fresh tea leaves are tender white, hence the name of the tea. The leaves turn green again after the harvest season
Dragon Well, Dragon Well, also called Long Jing, this is one of the top 10 Chinese green tea from Zhejiang Province. As the top grade of Dragon Well (Dragon Well has 11 grades from Superior and grade 1 - 10), it produces a brew of golden color, distinctive nutty aroma and full, round flavor. This tea also contains the highest concentration of catechins (the major antiorxidant element) among Chinese green teas.
Meng Ding Yu Lu, Meng Ding Yu Lu, harvested from the top of Meng Shan in Sichuan Province, was one of the earliest tribute teas dating back to the Tang Dynasty (9th century). Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea in China (733-804), pointed out in his famous book The Classic of Tea, that the best water for brewing tea came from the middle of the Yangzi River and that the best tea was from Meng Shan. This tea is refreshing and vegetal with a sweet aftertaste.
Upcoming tea classes
Starting in September, Ku Cha will offer some new tea classes focused on some of the new types of tea we have recently imported from China! If you have ever been curious about the oolongs you are drinking or what makes puerh tea unique, these classes will be a great opportunity to go more in depth and sample some really special stuff. The classes will be held every Saturday morning from 10am-11am. They will be $20 per person (non-refundable) and they will be limited to a maximum of 6 people. Here is the schedule:
- September 6th - Wu Yi Yan Cha (oolong tea)
- September 20th - White tea
- October 4th - Puerh Tea
- October 18th - Dark Tea
- November 1st - Wu Yi Yan Cha (oolong tea)
- November 15th - White Tea
- November 29th - Puerh Tea
- December 13th - Dark Tea