The wonderful people who run Steepster held a meetup at Radiance Tea House and Books. It is a rare day that I get to share my tea passion in person so it was a really enjoyable gathering. Dan did a really nice tea tasting for us. We sampled several pots of each of these:
Silver Needle white tea
Dragonwell green tea
Golden Lily oolong tea
Phoneix oolong tea
Lapsang Souchong black tea
I also had a bowl of their yummy summer noodles since a lot of tea always makes me hungry. Afterwards, we indulged in three additional pots of tea (sencha, keemun and a honeybush fruit blend). Comparing tasting notes on the spot was really interesting, especially the descriptions we had for some of the tastes we experienced. By the end of it all I felt as if I would float away if I had one more sip. The best part was that I won a coveted Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. I cannot wait until it gets here. My teaware fetish cannot be contained when I go to Radiance so I wound up coming home with two of the adorable goldfish cups pictured in this post.
I think it's such a great idea to have meetups and other in-person events centered around a primarily web-based community like Steepster. There's something wonderful about getting together in person.
I'd like to think of doing this sort of thing with RateTea.net. I have enough on my plate right now just developing and running the site though!
What did you think of the Lapsang Souchong? I've heard of it, and I am interested in trying this tea. I have just recently got into tea, so I would love to hear your opinion on this matter.
Alex, meetups are great. I hope to arrange a similar one for TeaChat soon.
Jordan, their lapsang is really nice. A lot of lapsangs are just smoked to heck but theirs is acutally really sweet and complex.
Hey thanks Nicole I appreciate, I will definitely try it out
Oh how lucky!
Be sure to give us a review of the tea maker. I have really been eyeing one.
Most definitely will, I just want to put it through its paces before I give the final verdict 🙂