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Talking Tea Live Event with Zhen Tea - Join Us on 12/1/2017

Nov 1, 2017


Listeners have been asking if we could do live Talking Tea events, so as we begin our 4th season at Talking Tea we're partnering with Zhen Tea for our first live, interactive event: 

Exploring the World of Chinese Tea

In the Talking Tea tradition, we'll be in conversation with Zhen Lu and Phil Rushworth of Zhen Tea, a Chinese tea company based in Ottawa and past guests on Talking Tea, to look at the full spectrum of Chinese teas.   You'll enjoy 6 different teas with us, explore the nuances of tasting-grade teas and bring home pro-tips on how to make delicious tea easily.

For the tea savvy and beginners alike, in this two-hour session we'll be talking about some of the most important topics in Chinese tea: the history and regions of tea, tea categories, production and processing, the Chinese method of tea brewing, tea storage, and health benefits of tea from a traditional Chinese perspective.

This is an interactive event, so we'll discuss any questions you might have about Chinese tea. But it's a live event only - we won't be recording it - so join us in Philadelphia on December 1 for Exploring the World of Chinese Tea.


Tasting Menu

We'll be tasting and discussing these teas:

White tea – Bai Mu Dan. A signature white tea with prominent flavor.

Green tea – Lu’an Gua Pian. The only green tea made exclusively with mature leaves.

Yellow tea – Huoshan Huang Ya.The same cultivar, terroir, and harvest time as Lu’an Gua Pian, but one more step during the process. A perfect showcase for the delicacy and nuance of yellow tea.

Oolong tea – Tie Guan Yin Classic. This traditional version of the most popular oolong tea demonstrates the beauty and complexity of the oolong tasting profile.

Black tea – Dian Hong. An innovation of the ancient cultivar of tea that's widely enjoyed.

Dark tea – Shu Pu’er 2009. An 8-year aged Shu Pu’er introduces the unique tasting notes of dark tea.



7 PM to 9 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017.


Introductory to intermediate.

TICKETS: $35, includes tastings of all the teas on the Tasting Menu

Buy tickets for Exploring the World of Chinese Tea


Independence Foundation Learning Lab at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street (studio B), Philadelphia, PA, 19107. Map it.

DRESS CODE: casual, no perfume.