Last weekend I hosted a tea tasting for my dear friend's family, in celebration of her mother-in-law's birthday. It was really enjoyable and I wanted to share their experience below.
What they tasted
- White Peony - White Tea | Zhenghe, Fujian, China | Delicate Buds | March 2020. Tasting Notes: Muscat Grape, Fresh Flowers, Sweet Bread
- Milk Oolong - Oolong Tea | Shanlinxi, Nantou, Taiwan | 1000m elevation | April 2020. Tasting Notes: Caramel Fudge, Hazelnut, Creamy, Seaweed, Orchid
- Spice Island Chai - Black Tea Blend | Organic Spices | Amba Estate, Uva, Sri Lanka | 10% Rev. Share. Tasting Notes: Spicy, Malty, Bright, Vanilla
I had shipped them the teas beforehand - spanning from Fujian to Taiwan to Sri Lanka - as per her selection. When the time came, I virtually guided them through brewing each tea over Zoom, while sharing the stories of the farms and my personal connection to each tea, as well as tasting notes and pairing suggestions. I had to wake up fairly early for it to account for the time difference, but it was a blast!
Our whole family really enjoyed the tasting, and would highly recommend it as a fun and educational group activity for any occasion.
Here's her full review:
Fun, educational tasting for any occasion!
"I organized a virtual tea tasting for my mother-in-law's birthday. We sampled the White Peony, Milk Oolong and Spiced Island Chai - all unique and delicious teas hand-selected by Mona! Mona was extremely knowledgeable about each tea, farm, and region. We particularly enjoyed hearing the stories of each farm and Mona's personal experience visiting / working with each producer. We valued Mona's tea expertise throughout the tasting - she taught us how different teas are grown and processed, provided helpful brewing/tasting tips, and shared lot of interesting facts! Our whole family really enjoyed the tasting, and would highly recommend it as a fun and educational group activity for any occasion."
Have you ever been to a tea tasting? How about a virtual one? If you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to share below ♥