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Tea Process and Transformation: A Tasting Workshop
Pilgrim Roasters
Philadelphia, PA
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Tea Process and Transformation: A Tasting Workshop
Nate Cochran of Spirit Tea and Ken Cohen of Talking Tea will be your hosts at this workshop exploring tea processes and cultivars.

If you're familiar with coffee, wine or beer, you've probably heard something about cultivars or varietals. You may be aware of the crucial roles cultivar and process play in the transformation of the coffee beans, grapes or hops.

What you may not know is that in tea there's also an amazing array of cultivars and processes. In this two-hour workshop we'll be exploring two classic cultivars, the well-known Tie Guan Yin and Taiwan's Qing Xin. Both are traditionally used for oolong teas but today are being transformed into black teas as well.

As we taste oolongs and black teas made with each cultivar, we'll talk about the categories of tea and look at how different processes applied to the same cultivar can create astounding differences in taste and aroma.

Admission includes tastings of all teas on the tasting menu.


During the workshop we'll taste this progression of teas:

From the Tie Guan Yin Cultivar:

o Spirit Tea's Young Bush Iron Goddess.  A lightly oxidized tie quan yin from Anxi, Fujian Province, China. This is the inaugural harvest from these bushes.

o Floating Leaves' Muzha Tie Guanyin. A dark roasted tie guan yin from Taiwan, exhibiting the traditional tie guan yin taste and mouthfeel.

o Spirit Tea's Iron Goddess of Mercy Black. A black tea made from the Taiwanese lineage of the tie guan yin cultivar but grown in Yunnan Province, China. This is also the inaugural harvest of this tea.

From the Qing Xin cultivar:

o Spirit Tea's Li Shan.  A classic high mountain Taiwanese oolong, lightly oxidized, from Li Shan mountain.

o Spirit Tea's Clear Heart. A complex Taiwanese black tea made from the Qing Xin cultivar.

o Spirit Tea's Clear Heart, Cold-Brewed.  We'll end the evening with this cold-brewed version of Clear Heart.


7 PM to 9 PM, Thursday, February 22, 2018.


Introductory to intermediate.

DRESS CODE: casual, no perfume.


Pilgrim Roasters (View)
4120 Main Streer
Philadelphia, PA 19127
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Talking Tea
On BPT Since: Oct 11, 2017
Ken Cohen

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