|Tea for tasting!|
Some of the teas we sipped on included a Spring 2015 Hand Pressed Shincha from Kyoto. This was the winner of the Kyoto Spring Auction, and only 250g was available globally. We had 50g of it! We also had some freshly roasted Houjicha, an award winning Gyokuro, Sakura Blossom Tea, Sweet Bancha, Bata Bata Bancha, Samurai Bancha, Kyoto Bancha, and Peabody Bancha. As well, we ground our very own Matcha using a genuine Matcha Stone Mill!
|Matcha Stone Mill.|
Roaming between three stations, we were hit with various shades of green from both the tea leaves and their liquors. The room soon perfumed with the light aromas of the many brews. Our taste buds were entertained with all sorts of flavours. Some brews tasted like spinach, asparagus, seaweed, and fresh cut grass. They were sweet, salty, astringent, and strong. Other flavours were a little more challenging and difficult to describe, but it was fun listening to the many opinions. Everyone is different!
|Yup. That's tea!|
As if the tea tastings weren’t enough, we were also treated to some delicious and beautifully designed truffles that included tea as an ingredient. The extraordinary delights were created by Pastry Chef Chocolatier Sergio Shidomi. Tea and chocolate is a perfect combination, something I’ve enjoyed on many occasions. Chef Sergio’s creations can be found at Old Firehall Confectionery in Unionville, just outside of Toronto. Definitely worth a trip out there!
The highlight for me, and I do believe for many others, was observing and having the opportunity to grind fresh Matcha. A time-consuming process that requires a lot of arm power, large pieces of tea leaves are converted into a fine powder. Now you know why good quality Matcha is so expensive. It is not as easy as it looks, but I was able to get into a groove after a few turns. A great workout indeed!
|Um, am I doing this right?|
Both TJ and Chef Sergio were warm and welcoming. Extremely knowledgeable about their passions and crafts! It was a great evening and I'm looking forward to the next tea tasting event!