An Event-ful Moment

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Neither rain nor sleet nor flooded roadways could keep these women away from my first tea event of the New Year (thank goodness!), An International Tea Moment’s Best of 2009 Tea Event.  Torrential rains have hit Southern California with a vengeance not seen since 1995, so while tea may seem the perfect antidote to gloomy weather, I was a little concerned that hurricane-force gusts of wind may deter my guests. Luck was on my side, though, and the rain stopped just long enough for the guests to arrive.

Some were new to the different varieties of tea, some had some old stand-by’s in their cupboards, and all of them were more than happy to have an excuse to step away from their places of work and enjoy a tea party of any kind. Here, they would be introduced to my favorite discoveries of 2009, including:

Best of 2009 Black Tea: Mokalbari Estates, by American Tea Room

Best of 2009 Black Tea Blend: Tangier, by American Tea Room

Best of 2009 White Tea Blend: White Tiger, by DAVIDsTEA

Best of 2009 Oolong: Rose Violet Calendula, by Naivetea

Best of 2009 Green Tea Blend: Jaded Julip, by Lavender Lounge Tea Company/Pangea Tea Company

Best of 2009 Herbal Infusion: Andes Breeze, by MyTeaShelf.com

Upon arrival, guests were met with score cards and asked to step into the tasting room. Each of the 6 award winning teas was laid out with small tasting cups. Everyone made their way through each station, jotting notes and asking questions about the differences between teas: white, oolong, green and black, and why an herbal tea was usually not really considered “tea.” (There are no actual tea leaves in most of what we refer to as “herbal teas.”) Cards were collected – during lunch, guests would be served the tea they chose as their favorite.

The rain fell during lunch, and then came the hail! Everyone commented they were glad to be inside with a hot cup of tea rather than dealing with the weather outside. Conversations ranged from the effects of tea on teeth, to birthday makeovers, to academics, to teapots, tea cups, collections and my lovely experiences with each of the event’s wonderful sponsors and award winners. The lunch menu included roasted red pepper and tomato soup with basil; four sandwiches: cucumber, tuna salad, egg salad, and pear and brie;  a savory ham and cheese-filled puff pastry, an orange and cranberry scone to be topped with fruit preserves and Devonshire cream, strawberries and blueberries, and assorted chocolates.

Before the end of our time together, we tallied the cards and identified the “Fan Favorite” of all the award winners.  Now, you all know my bent toward black teas and tea blends. So when it comes to tea parties that involve finger sandwiches, the obvious accompanying tea is always a black one, right?  To my surprise, there was not one Fan Favorite, but two. And neither were black teas!

Congratulations to Naivetea for Fan Favorite #1, Rose Violet Calendula Oolong, and to DAVIDsTEA for Fan Favorite #2, White Tiger!

Fabulous prizes!

And then, the icing on the cake, each guest got to take the tea party home with them! Due to the generosity of the award winners, everyone left with a sample of each of the six award winning teas, a tea cup with infuser, a discount code for MyTeaShelf.com for 10% off (Enter code TEAMOMENT at checkout), and an assortment of tea samples from DAVIDsTEA to further explore some exciting and creative tea blends.

As I wrapped up this event, I reflected on what this moment was all about. Yes, I have been introduced to a plethora of amazing, exciting, unique and nuanced teas, each with their own distinct personality. But even better, I got to share a select few with a collection of amazing, exciting, unique and nuanced women who have become treasured friends over the last 10 years since Gene and I moved here. For me, that is what made this moment most successful.

Are you an existing fan of any of these award-winning teas? If so, you are invited to submit your own ‘tea moments’ through photos, videos or written note!

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “An Event-ful Moment

  1. A.H.

    I’m sure everything was very tasty!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and fotos with us.

    And…… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. susie

    many thanks jen for having us! great lunch, conversation and especially tea! i can’t wait to try all the goodies…

  3. Lawrence Lai

    Thank you very much, Jen! We truly appreciate the honor and recognition.

    Congratulations to you on a successful event!

  4. Thank you Jen! I’m so proud Andes Breeze is one of the winners.
    Please keep organizing this wonderful event!

    • Jen

      Hi Cristina – It’s such a fabulous blend, I absolutely love it! Thank you for being a part of this event, and congratulations! Keep me posted on what’s new on MyTeaShelf.com!

  5. Linda Brown

    ps… I LOVE my new table!

  6. Linda Brown

    Jen,

    What an amazing and educational event. From a expert in so many areas I expected nothing less.

    You can take mud pie making and make it into an award winning art. So what you did for the art of tea time was nothing short of delightful… Thank you for including me. I look forward to my continued education.

    I need a tea to help me sleep as I do not take any medications to do so can you recommend something?
    Linda

    • Jen

      You are too, too kind! So glad you could be a part of the festivities! Look for herbal infusions with chamomile and/or lavender. I’ll look for some specifics.

  7. Christy

    I had so much fun Jen. Thank you! I’ve been really enjoying Toasted Walnut by David’s Tea for the last few days. It’s delicious and has the most amazing aroma! Thanks for re-entering me into the world of tea!

    • Jen

      So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for all your help to make it possible! I’ll pass along your Toasted Walnut review to DAVIDsTEA! See you soon. 🙂

  8. Meg

    I’m glad to hear it was a great event! I hope you had a wonderful birthday as well!

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