2018-09: Mogan Huang Ya & Xiaguan “Song He”

Featured Teas
🏮 Tuesday Tasting:

  • 2018-09-11
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • $10.00*
  • Important: You’ll receive your ticket and tasting info at your PayPal email address — please be sure it’s an active address!

 

🏮 Saturday Tasting:

  • 2018-09-15
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • $10.00*
  • Important: You’ll receive your ticket and tasting info at your PayPal email address — please be sure it’s an active address!

 
* Your ticket also entitles you to a 5% discount on purchase of featured teas!
 

About The Teas

September is such a beautiful month in Portland: a certain thrill of change in the morning air’s chill; perhaps a touch of melancholy in the afternoon sun’s long, lazy slant.

2018 Mògàn Huáng Yá
(莫幹黃芽 — Mt. Mogan Yellow Bud)

With its fragrance of sweet hay, its shining, golden sparkle, and its thick, warming soup, 2018’s Mògàn Huáng Yá reflects all of that, and is a perfect way to welcome these transitional months.

This yellow tea (黃茶 — huángchá) also has a very interesting herstory, as it’s production has become a sort of matrilineal heritage in the family that makes it.

2002 Xiàguān Tuóchá “Sōng Hè”
(“松鹤” — “Pine & Crane”)

When I revisited the 2002 Sōng Hè Tuó from Xiàguān to see if it was the right tea for September, I almost decided to just keep them all for myself.  It’s really a wonderful tea.

I regularly warn people to be very choosy with ripe pu’er (熟茶 — shúchá), as it often isn’t great.  But, after an additional 15+ years of storage…

Well, I’ll just let it speak to you directly at the tasting.  I think you’ll find this is a perfect tea for cool Autumn mornings, and long Autumn afternoons.

2018-08-11: 普洱課 :-: Pǔ’ěr Class

classes

2018-08-11
Saturday
12:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
PDX TEA: 5328 Northeast Cleveland Avenue (map)

🏮 Look for the red lanterns! 🏮

Tickets Required.

 

 

Beyond The Basics Class: Pǔ’ěr (普洱)

Pǔ’ěr is a vast, and a truly wonderful category of tea. These teas can be at once profoundly magical, and profoundly down-to-earth. It also remains one of the categories which is most poorly understood by Western tea drinkers.

With this class, I hope to give you a framework on which to begin building your own understanding of pǔ’ěr. We’ll look at how these teas are produced, stored, prepared, and consumed, as well as how pǔ’ěr fits into the broader world of tea. And, perhaps more importantly, we’ll drink some really nice ones!

The slides, handouts, and discussion will begin to familiarize you with the unique place pǔ’ěr occupies in tea cultures, histories, and economies within China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Overseas Chinese communities.

We’ll also discuss — and start to observe — several factors of quality, including regional and processing differences, tree age, leaf age, finished tea age, and storage style.

The hands-on elements will introduce you to a few of the nearly unlimited possibilities within the world of pǔ’ěr, and make use of some helpful vocabulary to guide our focus towards the textures, flavors, fragrances, and sensations which make pǔ’ěr so special.

Your ticket includes tastings of young and aged shúchá (熟茶 — “ripe” pu’er), young and aged shēngchá (生茶 — “raw” pu’er), your informational handout, and a 10% discount if you’d like to buy any of the teas we sample during this class.

My intention is that, after attending the class, you’ll feel better equipped to explore this wonderful category of tea on your own, as well as more comfortable conversing with, and learning from, people who grew up with pǔ’ěr teas and tea cultures.

 

2018-08-19: PDX TEA’s First Book Group Meeting!

free events

2018-08-19
(Third Sunday Of Each Month, Beginning August 19th)
1:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
PDX TEA: 5328 Northeast Cleveland Avenue (map)

🏮 Look for the red lanterns! 🏮

Free! Registration Required. (Find out why here.)

Every 3rd Sunday of the month, we meet to discuss a tea book we’re reading as a group, and — of course — drink tea!

You can find general information about the book group here: pdxtea.org/events/books

Our first selection is Okakura Kakuzō’s The Book of Tea.  You can learn more about that wonderful book-length essay here: pdxtea.org/2018/07/07/okakura-kakuzo-the-book-of-tea

TO REGISTER:
Use the contact form below, and we’ll get you going.

PLEASE REMEMBER: If you don’t submit either a cell number or email address, we won’t be able to contact you! :)