Secret Stash Series: Taiwanese Teas with David Galli

David Galli in Taiwan

David Galli in Taiwan

Taiwanese Tea Secret Stash classes
$25.00 per class. Sign up by following links below.
Muzha | Sunday, June 5th
Dong Ding | Sunday, June 26th
Taiwan Stored Puerh | Sunday, July 17th
Purchase Class Bundle | $65.00 for all three classes* 

This class is limited to 12 participants.
*Attendees receive 15% off in-store purchases on the day of the event.

Taiwan's tea culture is one of the most exciting in the world, and The Jasmine Pearl's Director of Tea Education, David Galli, just returned from ten days there. He brought back a lot of exciting teas, stories, pictures, and videos to share, all of which will help deepen your understanding of tea, and — more specifically — tea in Taiwan. For classes in the Secret Stash: Taiwan series, we'll taste a variety of teas representing the exceptional craft practiced on farms, in processing rooms, around roasters, and in storage facilities there. Some of the teas we'll drink are not available anywhere else outside of Taiwan, and the insights, images, and backstory David can share will provide intimate glimpses into the process of creating truly great teas.

The first class in this series on Sunday, June 5th will focus on Muzha, a historical tea region near the southern border of Taipei, which is famous for its incredibly rich, deep-roast style of Tie Guan Yin. We’ll taste four examples of Tie Guan Yin. Three are grown and roasted on the same small, distinguished farm in Muzha: a 2011, a 2004, and a 2002. The fourth is from mainland China, is roasted in-house at The Jasmine Pearl, and is therefore a flavor unique to our shop.

The second class in this series on Sunday, June 26th will focus on Dong Ding, an important tea region centered around three mountains in Nantou County (central Taiwan). We’ll taste four examples of this classic wulong. All are fairly traditional styles of Dong Ding. Two are selected and roasted by an eccentric, elderly couple in the heart of the region. One is charcoal roasted by the inimitable Zhān Xūn Huá, who has been perfecting his craft for decades. The fourth is the lovely example we carry here at The Jasmine Pearl. Some of the teas we'll drink are not available anywhere else outside of Taiwan, and the insights, images, and backstory David can share will provide intimate glimpses into the process of creating truly great teas.

The third class in this series on Sunday, July 17th will focus on Taiwanese stored pu'er.  There is, of course, no pu'er produced in Taiwan, but the country's balance of heat and humidity, along with the abundance of knowledgeable tea people, make it a wonderful and important place for aging tea.

To really get a sense of the impact of Taiwanese storage, we'll be tasting several teas in the 15 – 20 year age range. For comparison, David has even managed to procure a nearly identical cake to one of those we'll be drinking, but with a different, non-Taiwanese storage history. We'll also sample The Jasmine Pearl's own Date Aroma Brick, a ripe tea from the early '90s.

NOTE: Classes in the Secret Stash series give participants the chance to try certain teas that are not otherwise available in the United States, so brace yourself: you might fall in love with a tea you are not able to take home!