TGL invites Adam Yasmin for an afternoon of gong fu cha with raw and ripe pu-erh teas from different regions of Yunnan, China. Gong Fu means ‘the art of doing something well’. In the tea ceremony known as gong fu cha, the implication is that time, effort, and dedication will produce a profound tea experience.
For this fall tasting series we will slowly imbibe two pu-erhs over an hour and experience an autumnal slow down through a duality of raw and ripe pu-erh tea — exemplifying a stark yang/yin contrast in flavors and characteristics.
This Week's Pu-erh Course
2016 Fade - Yiwu, China
This is a raw pu-erh tea pressed in 2016 using 2015 Huangpian, the largest leaf in Puer processing material from Yiwu prefecture. Raw pu-erh traditionally denotes camellia sinensis variation assamica that is harvested, pile fermented, and then pressed to age. Fade is characteristically soft, sweet, and thick with a slight sour note that will give way to honey and smoothness with successive steeps. It also has a strong body feeling as it's re-steeped, though that varies from person to person.
Tasting notes: Floral, Green Grapes, Celery, Ocean Mist
2016 Trap Bird - Menghai, China
Trap Bird is a ripe pu-erh tea pressed in 2016 with small grade leaf from Menghai. Ripe pu-erh traditionally denotes camellia sinensis variation assamica that is harvested, hyper-fermented with a proprietary culture, and pressed to age. It is characteristically dark and earthy in a post rain sense, yet with a lighter body than most other ripe pu-erhs. Ripe pu-erh is often touted for its superpowers : contains antioxidants, aids in digestion, lowers blood sugar, and promotes weight loss.
Tasting notes: Whiskey, Apricot, Earth, Touch of Dry Wood
11/15 Friday at 1:00pm & 2:30pm
11/16 Saturday at 1:00pm & 2:30pm
11/20 Wednesday at 3:00pm
11/22 Friday at 1:00pm & 2:30pm
11/23 Saturday at 1:00pm & 2:30pm
(60 minutes, limited to 6ppl per session)
Reservations cannot be cancelled or rescheduled within the 24hours of the scheduled tasting. We recommend arriving 10 minutes prior to the event so that the tasting can start promptly on time. Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued to those who show up late.