June 10-13, 2019
Conference: June 10-13, 2019
Exhibit Hall: June 11-13, 2019
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall

Origins Tasting Tour WORKSHOP

Tuesday, June 11th | 8:00am – 5:00pm

Available a la carte:
Early Bird (through March 7th) $495
Advanced (March 8th – May 9th) $595
Onsite (May 10th – June 10th) $695

Best Value! Get the Tea Guru Pass for just $1,095:
Includes Origins Tasting Tour + Tea Business Boot Camp Advanced (or Beginner) + a Full Conference Pass AND discounted World Tea Academy classes.


Taste the World of Tea with Us – Every Year’s a Different Tour!

Origins Tasting Tour is an experience of the senses from around the world. Join the tour to learn about the beautiful tea estates and the delicious teas that they produce.

Your Tour Guide:
Jane Pettigrew, Author of World Tea Award Winning Book of 2018 World of Tea

NEW IN 2019: Join Us for the Chance to Win a FREE Trip* to 1 of 3 Countries of Origin!

We will have 3 drawings to Countries of Origin: India, Korea & Nepal. Plus, all participants will receive a wide variety of samples from the presenting regions.

View the India tour here.

View the Korea tour here. 

View the Nepal tour here.




8:00 - 9:00am
Shunan Teng CEO, Tea Drunk
For this year’s Origins Tasting Tour for China, we focus on this immensely popular Wu Long (Oolong) from Wu Yi Shan known for its unparalleled bold, roasted aroma and substantial molten-stone mouth feel, often referred to as the "rock bone." One of the most expensive teas in the world, Yan Cha —translated sometimes as "Cliff Tea," sometimes as "Rock Tea" — is surrounded by numerous myths and intimidates tea drinkers with its myriad location and varietal names. But fear not! In this tasting tour, Shunan Teng from Tea Drunk will break down Yan Cha knowledge bit by bit for you. By the time you have finished sampling all the teas, you will be well ahead most tea snobs and have built a solid foundation with which to navigate Yan Cha further, cultivating the knowledge and intuition of a true tea connoisseur.

9:05 - 10:05am


Ravi Pillai Manager Tea Quality, David’s Tea

Discover a spectrum of flavours from a single origin. Characters that will titillate your taste buds as you trek through carpets of lush green hills at altitudes from almost near sea level to rising peaks at 7000 feet. With tropical climate year-round, the temperatures, seasonal rainfall and wind patterns contribute to the globally acknowledged prestige that “Ceylon Tea” has accommodated for over 150 years. As we journey through the slopes, we will examine Leaf Styles and Grade Mixes, Quality seasons and Characters of teas from the diverse Agro regions with special emphasis on Nuwara Eliya, Dimbulla and Ruhuna.


10:20 - 11:20am
INDIA Drawing for a FREE trip* for 2 to India!

Shalini Agarwal Chaiwalee/President, Glenburn Tea Direct

This session will cover the four basic growing regions of India: Assam, Darjeeling, Kangra Valley and Nilgiri.

11:25am – 12:25pm
Rona Tison Senior VP Corporate Relations, ITO EN, North America Inc.
Discover Japan's celebrated green teas from shade-grown to stone ground tea leaves. A culture rich in history and tradition, learn about Japan's tea rituals and unique taste profiles. From preparation to the cultivation and harvesting of its tea plantations, learn of its many health benefits and delicious tastes.

12:25 - 1:25pm:
Lunch provided

1:25 - 2:25pm
NEPAL Drawing for a FREE trip* for 2 to Nepal!
Jeni Dodd Owner, Advisor Jeni Dodd Tea, Nepal Tea Board and STAN
Discover the hidden treasure in the Himalayas. Learn how the Nepal's unique history, geographic wonders and rare soil converge to create a tea terroir unlike any other.

2:40 - 3:40pm
Thomas Shu Ambassador of Taiwan Tea, JT & Tea
Taiwan Origin will focus on New Trend for Tea Adventure, from Farm to Table, Food Safety, Ecology, and Technology. With Slides to have full presentation on a brand-new tea plantation and factory in Taiwan. Tasting 3 Taiwan Oolongs: Jade/Gold/Ruby.

3:45pm – 4:45pm
KOREA Drawing for a FREE trip* for 1 to Korea!
Sharyn Johnston Founder/CEO, Australian Tea Masters
“Korea the land of the morning calm and awesome teas”
 Where is tea grown in South Korea? What types of tea does Korea produce? Why is Korean tea so unique in flavour and where does the flavour profile sit on the tea wheel? The Korean tea plant and the style of processing? Korean tea shops abound in Korea but why don’t they sell tea? Why the Korean tea ceremony, ceramics and history are a very important aspect of the tea culture. The only “gold” tea in the world is produced in Korea. What is Korean breakfast tea and why was it produced? Have all of these questions answered as we "tour" Korea. We will also taste three rare teas of Korea in the session.

*Trips do not include airfare, are not exchangeable for cash and trip dates to be confirmed after World Tea Expo 2019.