Having People Over for Tea Tasting
I had a few friends over recently. They had never “experienced” tea. So I decided to give them a bit of a tasting, but I also wanted to have several courses of food to pair with the tea. After much deliberation, this is how it went down…
We started with Silver Needle white tea and shortbread. We then moved up to several oolongs Gonfu-style paired with sliced pork tenderloin which I prepared with only sea salt and black pepper. As we moved on to darker teas (blacks and Puerhs) we moved onto the third course… pears poached in white wine, vanilla beans, cloves, cinnamon, and of course sugar. We finished the night off with some Masala tea that I blended along-side bits of coffeecake.
Brian Pfeifer from the Tea Traveler [http://www.sabletower.com/tea/] also added:
“The more brisk or bitter the tea, the sweeter the food should be. The sweeter the tea, the saltier the food should be. Also don’t let the food overpower the tea.”
Overall, the night was a complete success; we sampled around 15 teas and I was happy to have shown my friends a new experience. Feel free to share with me your tea-tasting experiences. I’d love to hear them!
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