Monday, May 03, 2010

Independent Tea Tasting & Luncheon Huge Success

Independent Tea Tasting & Luncheon Huge Success at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
(from a press release)

Tea Extravaganza 2010, the first independent tea tasting of its kind in Boston, was a huge success at The Boston Park Plaza Hotels & Towers on April 23 and 24. Similar to a fine wine tasting, the two-day event was unanimously hailed by registrants as exceeding their expectations 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 Boston area and as far away as New York. The event was co-sponsored by The Boston Park Plaza Hotels & Towers and the American Tea Masters Association.

Tea Extravaganza 2010 was a unique, independent tasting event. None of the teas were available for sale. It 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 several 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.

Among the teas on the menu receiving the greatest praise from registrants: Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Buds (PeLi Teas), 1996 Collector's Pu-erh Super Grade (PeLi Teas), Tenbu (Keiko-Teas), Premium Winter Fu Shou (Shan Shui Teas), 1998 Honey Orchid Phoenix Oolong (Tea Habitat), and Tai Ping Huo Kui (The Whole Leaf).

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1 comment:

MsTea said...

Dear Tea Guy! I wonder if there is a journal/ magazine which is printed and gives valuable infos on teas, tea drinking, etc. that could be useful for a teablogger. Could you suggest me such a magazine/ journal? Or do you think that these kinds of information are only available online? Thanks for your time.
MsTea, Hungary