Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lochan Tea Tasting Event

There are a few spots still available for the Lochan Tea Tasting event, which they are hosting on Facebook.

Ankit Lochan
Online facebook tea tasting... We will supply you with 10 ounce of tea (free of cost).. only shipping 20 USD per head shall be applicable.. we will wait for 50 sign up's .. once we have them we will start posting the samples... once you receive ...the samples you will have a weeks time to assess the teas and then we will take one tea at a time and proceed with online posting of the results and we will see what all of us have to offer.. the best review writer shall be awarded a prize.. (the prize is a secret).. to be disclosed after the event is over.. any suggestions.. please advise... thank you... for signing up please confirm on facebook and email us your adress and vivek shall be in touch with you. his email is vivek@lochantea.com ... thank you!!


Please consider participating in the event, which I'm sure will be quite a good introduction to Indian and Himalayan teas. Contact Vivek Lochan with your contact information: Vivek@LochanTea.com. Vivek supplied this list of the teas that will be showcased:

1. Doke Silver Needle, 2nd Flush 2009, Bihar
2. Meghma Oolong, 2nd Flush 2009, Nepal
3. Korakundha FOP, 2nd Flush 2009, Nilgiri - South India... Read More
4. Hattialli Golden Bud, 2nd Flush 2009, Assam
5. Harmutty Golden Paw, 2nd Flush 2009, Assam
6. Margaret's Hope Muscatel, 2nd Flush 2009, Darjeeling
7. Thurbo FTGFOP 1 CL TPY, 2nd Flush 2009, Darjeeling
8. Jungpana Imperial Muscatel, 2nd Flush 2009, Darjeeling
9. Castleton FTGFOP 1 CH SPL, 2nd Flush 2009, Darjeeling
10. Masala Chai, Indian Chai Blend

1 ounce of each tea will be sent to all participants

As for myself, I've tasted teas from only four of the nine estates listed (not counting the chai, of course), so I expect this to be a good learning experience. As you can see from the list, these are all second-flush (picked in summertime) Indian and Himalayan teas from Bihar, Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri, and Nepal.

If you haven't dipped your toe into high-quality India teas, this would be a good way to start. Because it's a group event, people will be able to learn with each other as they taste the various teas.

3 comments:

Jason Witt said...

I'd like to find an opening into the Yunnan tea culture on the Internet. With the right connections I could source Puerh from Yunnan without having to go through a Western store with its markup. This has inspired me to try to come up with a way to find the right people in Yunnan. I fear they'd want the face-to-face as is still strong-enough tradition in China. That might prevent me though the youth today are more willing to do business on the Internet and not just over tea in person. --Teaternity

Steven Knoerr said...

Jason: How are you trying to find your own source? And do you think you'll do better that way than by going through, say, Yunnan Sourcing or Stephane? Especially with pu-erh, I'd be concerned that I'd be taken for a ride, if I don't know the territory.

Jason Witt said...

Yes, there is concern about finding my own source in that I could be taken. It's something that would probably take years to develop. I don't expect anything anytime soon. And maybe it's just dreaming. I'll see if any English-speaking Chinese from around Yunnan become known here in the states on the Internet. That's probably all I can do. --Teaternity