|Brewing Zuo Wang’s Zheng Qi Tang|
Last week I had a blast at World Tea Expo. So a lot occurs through the Expo and it is robust to doc all the joy right into a weblog submit. This submit is devoted solely to the distributors that actually stood out. I used to be so busy that I did not get pictures of each vendor, and even attempt each pattern. I had a extra relaxed vibe this yr and I centered on having fun with time with my tea associates, as an alternative of cramming in every thing and simply skimming the floor. Here’s a rundown of the distributors that stood out probably the most:
Avocado Leaf Tea– We’re beginning with an natural infusion! Crazy, proper? I had no concept that you can make an natural tea out of avocado leaves, and was skeptical that it could really taste good. But the Avocado Leaf Tea was actually attention-grabbing. I’m not often an enormous fan of herbals, however I may see myself ingesting this one on occasion. The leaves are from avocado groves in Temecula, California. I loved the earthy taste of the pure leaf, however in addition they have blends out there. Now you already know!
Bitaco Tea– I’ve been a fan of the Bitaco Colombian teas for a number of years. This yr I sampled the White Tea Especial, which was fairly notable. I do not keep in mind attempting this tea in years previous, and I actually loved it. They even have a extra conventional white tea that was additionally scrumptious. I like to recommend attempting out their teas if you have not already. Their cacao kisses is a tasty crowd-pleaser.
Cha T-Master – The Cha T-master is principally a wise brewer, however seems to be much more attention-grabbing. This nifty little system garnered fairly a little bit of consideration on the Expo. I attempted to take a video of it in motion, however I could not get angle. It’s principally a wise brewer that calculates the correct method to brew your tea of alternative. With all of the tea brewers available on the market this does not sound notable, however it performs music whereas it brews, talks to you, and even warns you that the tea could also be sizzling. I like that it is a compact dimension as nicely. You can go to the website for extra info. It appeared like a ‘sensible gaiwan’ to me, however the web site calls it a teapot. We have been determined to get our palms on one, however they are not out there for buy but. The firm additionally displayed the T-Nova sensible bottle for journey brewing. The bottle vibrates when it is accomplished brewing, which had us asking all types of questions… Thank you to Rachel of IHeartTeas for sharing her photograph of the brewer!
|Guizhou inexperienced tea simply launched into the water|
Guizhou Green tea in a bottle– This nifty RTD grabbed my consideration due to how the tea is saved and brewed. The leaves are saved within the cap, and with a twist they’re launched into the water. Wait 10 minutes, and the tea is brewed! A brilliant recent, cold-brewed tea. It’s such a cool concept, however it was robust to get a lot details about the product. Everything was in Chinese (together with the pamphlet I picked up) and it is not offered within the US. But I used to be given a pattern bottle which I’ve to say was fairly refreshing. The inexperienced tea taste actually comes by in simply 10 minutes, and it may be re-steeped as soon as, though the second steep wasn’t as flavorful. To see a video of the bottle in motion, go to my instagram page, the place I pinned a video to my profile.
|I cherished all the Korean tea shows|
Korean Teas: Just a few Korean distributors, notably from Boseong had booths- Korean teas are often underrepresented, and it was good to see a number of distributors. They all had superbly adorned cubicles, and I loved sampling numerous teas. I ended up buying a tea-stuffed yuzu, as a result of I missed out on it final yr. There was additionally scrumptious tea jam to pattern, however it wasn’t out there for buy. It was fairly scrumptious, and I’ll undoubtedly preserve my eye out if it is ever out there within the U.S.
Sara’s Tea Caddie: Sara’s Tea Caddie has beautiful Japanese teas. We made ourselves very snug at her sales space and tasted a number of the most memorable teas of the Expo. The Gyokuro Imperial was so deep, savory, and satisfying, it actually created a memorable second. Just a few of us even bought a bit misty-eyed over the expertise. As in years previous, we have been kvelling over the white leaf Kiraka, which is so good that I ensure to have it yearly I’m on the Expo. I’m hoping to order a number of the teas we tasted so I can do a extra in-depth submit about them.
|Dark Tea Cookie from Teagather|
|Puerh from Zuo Wang|
Zuo Wang Tea– I discovered myself gravitating in the direction of Zuo Wang’s sales space, which had a big crowd of tea associates gathered round. I quickly came upon why- they have been brewing up puerh teas with type. I attempted each a sheng and the Zheng Qi Tang (photograph to start with of this submit) and so they have been each very pleasant. Zuo Wang means ‘to take a seat and neglect every thing’. I used to be definitely in a position to concentrate on the tea I used to be sipping, forgetting I used to be in a large conference middle. Based in Portland, OR, the corporate is new to me and I look ahead to studying extra about them sooner or later.
As I discussed, these are only a choose few of the distributors that actually grabbed my consideration. There are so many unimaginable folks I hung out with, many seminars I attended, and even the Tea Bloggers Roundtable occasion. But I’ll have to avoid wasting all of that for an additional time! If you seen something specifically that you simply’d prefer to be taught extra about, please let me know.