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Thursday, October 7, 2010

There’s a New Tea Expert in Town!

Palais des Thés in Norway invited me to participate in one of their tea courses. Being a tea enthusiast, I jumped at the chance, and signed up for a green tea class.


This is the sight that met me at arrival. Seven types of green tea. The first four are Japanese, while the last three are from China. Looks pretty gorgeous, doesn’t it?

Did you know that the Chinese WOK the tea, and then roll, fold or twist it as a part of the production process while the Japanese STEAM it?



Like wine tasting, there are certain glasses more appropriate to get the full taste experience. I think these are just super cute! I  want some!



High quality Japanese tea might look dark while it’s dry, but gets a fresh, lively green color after contact with water.
 

Vuong was extremely passionate about tea, and a great lecturer.
 

The difference between Japanese and Chinese is pretty easy to spot. Japanese tea (front) is almost shiny from the steaming process, while the Chinese tea (background) is more matte.
 

This shows even better how shiny dry Japanese green tea is (front, right)
 

The three Chinese variations taste very differently, but are from the same plant. The most exclusive green tea, is the one that’s the greenest. Gunpowder (top, right) is a cheaper blend, almost black (looks like gunpowder) and is commonly used in Moroccan Mint tea etc.
 


Japanese green tea. Looks fresh, doesn’t it??

 

Above is Julie, she poured the tea and made sure every blend was processed the correct way. I think she’s really beautiful in an understated kind of way.

 


After the course, I snooped around the store and took some photos of all the eye candy. For a while there, I seriously considered planning out our new kitchen around tea.

 


It’s all so gorgeous..

 

The girl above sat besides me during the course. I thought I was enthusiastic about tea, but she was a pro. We were the tea nerds sitting front row :)


(however, I realized that I really don’t know that much about tea. need to learn more!)

 


This is one of my favorite blends, Fleur de Geisha. FdG is a Japanese green tea, delicately flavored with cherry blossoms.

So what’s my conclusion after going through the green tea class? I’M COMING BACK!

The next class I WILL take, is called A Gourmet Experience of Tea and Chocolate. Doesn’t even just the title give you goose bumps? It’s a collaboration with a French Chocolaterie. YUMMY!  If you’re in Norway, and interested in going to one of these courses, contact Les Palais des Thés at +47 22 60 32 00. I think it could be fun for a number of occasions; fun night with the girls, a date, alone or whatever (I went alone, and had a ball! :))

xoxo
dagnysign


PS – I’m hoping you’re enjoying my ramblings about tea, because, behold, there will be MORE

20 comments:

Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

I don't know anything about tea, but this post kept me breathless! Love the cute heart-shaped plates where they placed the tea, every detail matters! I think I might start drinking green tea and get more into this. sounds pretty exciting :)

Frk Ligaard said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

Arianna said...

You go girl! Sounds like you had a blast. Do you know how good green tea is for you!!! so keep on drinking....I have to say the next class with chocolate sounds delicious ;))))

Fonda LaShay said...

love it!

another thing to add to my "when i visit Olso" list. :)

Leah said...

YES please!!

Come check out my post today I think you'll love it!

Luvs!

Ashley said...

That sounds fabulous! I would love love love to go to Norway soon! My grandmother is from Norway and it would be great to find family roots, but this tea would be a win win for me hehehe Have a great day! xoxoxo ~Ashley

Dagny Thurmann-Hoelseth said...

Ludmila - it was! And I totally think you should drink more tea ;)

Frk Ligaard - Me too, me too, me too!!

Arianna - Yeah, there's definitely going to be MORE green tea drinking after this! But both green tea AND chocolate?? I'm in heaven!! lol

Fonda - yup, I have a whole list for you! :)

Leah - hehe :)

Ashley - wow, how cool is that?!? I could give you a whole list of things to do and places to see!

Scandinavian Retro said...

Oh, that sounds just wonderful! I would love to take part in such tea-tasting! By the way, do you know the dates for the next class?

Lotta said...

Price? :)

shari @ little blue deer said...

Awesome, Dagny! I've been to lots of coffee events like this, but never tea, this is too cool, love it! Looks fascinating!

Lenelene said...

Woooow!! I didn't know they had teacorses i Norway! I want to enter one, but it's so far away from where I live :(
I love tea, I thought I was pretty good with tea..But I cab see know that I have much to learn..

Danielle Sigwalt said...

I am sooo jealous...I love tea...all tea, except Lapsung Souchung. I just can't get used to that tea, but maybe I just haven't had a good batch. I would love to open a tea house where I live...maybe someday!!!!

Danielle Sigwalt said...

This is how it is spelled..lapsang souchong. It is smoked tea and it tasted like drinking hot liquid smoke to me...not too pleasant!!!

Dagny Thurmann-Hoelseth said...

Scandinavian Retro and Lotta - PdT has green tea courses (kr 300) every Wednesday at Grünerløkka and intro courses every Monday at Majorstuen (kr 300). The chocolate+tea course is once per month (kr 475)

Shari - I thought it was pretty cool too! With all the fresh colors and scents! So amazing! :)

LeneLene - Hvis du tar en tur til Oslo, ville jeg kastet meg på! Utrolig moro!!

Danielle - Haven't heard of Lapsang Souchong, but it doesn't sound too good... Am not a fan of anything smoked!

Belly said...

Sorry for being shallow, but boy are the containers pretty or what? Especially that of the FdG. Sounds like such a fun experience, Dagny, would love to read more about your tea adventures ;)

Dagny Thurmann-Hoelseth said...

Haha, I'm as shallow as you!! Even considered building our new kitchen around beautiful tea appliances, hehehe

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