Origins Tasting Tour

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Origins Tasting Tour is an experience of the senses from around the world. Join the tour and learn about the beautiful tea estates and the delicious teas that they produce.  Jane Pettigrew will be your hostess and tour guide on this fabulous adventure. This will be the first year (2019) that we will have 3 chances to win trips to Countries of Origin: India, Korea & Nepal, plus each attendee will take home samples from the other presenting regions. This is the year you must attend Origins!

8:00am – 9:00am: China (Yan Cha) ----Shunan Teng --- Region Focus

For this years 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.

9:05am – 10:05am *India ---- Shalini Agarwal— Chance to win a trip for 2 to India

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

10:20am – 11:20am -- Sri Lanka -  Ravi Pillai

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.

11:25am – 12:25pm --  Japan –  Rona Tison

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.

 12:25pm – 1:25pm  --- Lunch Break – 60 Minutes

1:25pm – 2:25pm. – *Nepal  ---- Jeni Dodd --  Chance to win a trip for 2 to Nepal

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.

2:40pm – 3:40pm. --- Taiwan  ---- Thomas Shu 

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 ---- Sharyn Johnston ---  Chance to win a trip for 1 to Korea

“Korea the land of the morning calm and awesome teas”
My origin session will cover: 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? We will taste three rare teas of Korea in the session.