NYC Tea Meetup — April 10 (pt. 2)

As guests arrived we began to set up out­side and drink the remains of a fine tea — 2002 Big Green Tree from Best Tea House CA.
I have been drink­ing this potent tea for 3 days and the leaves had plenty left to share with our guests.

Puerh Pair­ing

Straight back into young puerh, I demon­strated break­ing a sam­ple from a 2008 cake, pre­vi­ously men­tioned, from Luh Yu Tea Empo­rium.
Tim wisely sug­gested that we pair this tea with a favorite of his own, a cake bear­ing the image of a griz­zled Chi­nese gen­eral.

While sim­i­lar in ori­gin and vin­tage, we found it inter­est­ing to con­trast the teas, find­ing Annie’s to be sweeter and more “fem­i­nine” than the General’s smokey brew.

Dan Cong — Ito En

Jeremy took a short break from snap­ping bril­liant pho­tos to fetch his Chaozhou pot and a lovely pewter tin of Dan Cong. He brewed up sev­eral rounds to demon­strate to guests the impor­tance of aroma to tea appre­ci­a­tion. And he looked pretty darn cool doing it!

Jade Tie Guan Yin

Tim gra­ciously demon­strated brew­ing and appre­ci­a­tion of a very high grade Tie Guan Yin.

Evan smells the dry leaves.

Tim poured a steady stream onto the wall of the gai­wan. This rinse awak­ens the tea.

Jeremy cap­tured the essence of the tea’s color — pale yel­low with a tiny hint of green. This is best enjoyed in white porce­lain in nat­ural light.

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