Saturday, April 03, 2010

Tea Tasting A Success

Independent Tea Tasting Huge Success at Park Hyatt Washington
(from a press release)

Tea Extravaganza 2010, the first independent tea tasting of its kind in Washington, D.C., was successfully completed at the Park Hyatt Washington on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2010. Similar to a fine wine tasting, the two-day event was unanimously hailed by registrants as extraordinary after tasting 14 of the finest, rarest, and most exquisite loose-leaf teas the from around the world. Tea Extravaganza 2010 attracted aficionados from around the Washington, D.C. area. The event was co-sponsored by Park Hyatt Washington and the American Tea Masters Association.

Tea Extravaganza 2010 was a very unique and independent tasting event. None of the teas were available for sale. The event was purely an experiential gathering for sampling three steepings each of the high-end, exquisite teas.

Chas Kroll, Certified Tea Master and Executive Director of the American Tea Masters Association personally prepared the menu for the two-day event. “We taste-tested and evaluated well over 200 loose-leaf teas over the past three months. We followed the tasting protocol used by the association for training new tea masters,” explained Kroll. “Several of the teas on the menu were harvested by hand on only one day of the year. This is important due to the influence of the terroir and growing conditions affecting their rarity, similar to fine wines. This also explains why the teas retail for $100 to $500 a pound.”

The teas on the menu were all donated to the association by major tea vendors such as: PeLi Teas, Keiko-Tea, Metropolitan Tea, Tea Habitat, Shan Shui Teas, and The Whole Leaf.

Adagio Teas triniTea Tea Maker
Zarafina Tea Maker Suite

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