Los Angeles International Tea Club

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Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:22 pm

We are now in our 6th month of having founded the Los Angeles International Tea Club. Monthly tea tastings are organized with members sharing select single origin teas and discussing into the night all things tea and teaware related. We have been meeting at my house in Santa Monica (Los Angeles, CA) and hope in the future to expand to other venues across the city. Each tasting is different, we might try the spectrum of teas going from light to dark; Gyokuro, Sencha, DanCong moving into Oolongs, Wuyi and into darker Pu'er, Darjeeling... Last time we had a special DanCong tasting that lasted until we were teadout 🍃 A late night ramen break gave us fuel to go into the early morning hours. We are an international group with members from all over the world, a reflection of Los Angeles culturally diversity with citizens from every nation.

If you are interested in joining us you can find us on on Facebook and will post future events there.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1673039366339373/
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Fuut
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Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:28 am

Although regrettably I'm not located anywhere near you nice folks. I admire and support clubs like this for spreading the interest and the hobby. I wish more people were interested in the culture and influence it had. All besides the actual drinking of tea, but it must be a great evening every once in a while.

Now all i wish was that there was that whatsapp thumbs up available
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Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:00 pm

Puerh Tasting LA Club 01-27-2018

Last Saturday we had a marathon puerh tasting at my place from 5pm-2am :shock: with a ramen break in between. We started earlier than usual thinking we would finish earlier as well, junkies that we are we just kept going. I think everyone really enjoyed the ‘taste’ of 2006 Dayi Bada Peacock Series - Bada Mountain from FinePuerh that Atlas shared with us. My stomach was a bit funky from so many young sheng though.

Here are av360logic’s tasting notes, with a few additions of my own. av360logic is a linguist in our group with a keen ability to articulate tastes and aromas:

Jinggu White (sourced in Yunnan by Yang-chu) Yang-chu shared.
Thick, slick, penetrating sugercane sweetness that really lingers. A sweet delight.

2007 Shan, Sheng, Yunnan ( T-Shop, NYC) Victoria shared.
Gentle, silky, smooth, fruity, medium full body, full mouth feel. "Mouthmatic" -Victoria commented after a few steeps.
https://www.tshopny.com/shop/2007-shan-raw-puerh

2017 WMD Mansa Ancient Tree Raw Puerh (Bitterleaf Teas) Atlas shared.
Smooth and thick, sweet, floral, balanced, long lasting. Some experienced strong body effects, cha qi, and stomach discomfort.
https://www.bitterleafteas.com/teas/2017-collection/wmd

2002 YiWu Ancient Spirit, Sheng ( Puerh Brooklyn ) Victoria shared.
Pencil shaving, slight fruit, cardamom, camphor aroma. Lots of "aged" taste, but still subtle and light. Banna wetter stored.
https://www.puerhbrooklyn.com

2004 “Long Yuan Hao” Bama Ancient Tree Raw Puerh (Awazon Puerh Tea) Atlas shared.
White/fruit sugar, thick and smooth, moderate aged taste, hard to describe?...
http://www.pu-erhtea.com/TeaDetails.aspx?TeaID=914

2009 Bulang Raw Puerh (T- Shop, NYC) Victoria shared.
Soft, sweet, inoffensive? Revisited this sheng a few days later with more leaf; it is full bodied, smooth, fruity with a little bit of toasted sugar notes.
https://www.tshopny.com/shop/2009-bulang-raw-puerh

2006 Dayi Bada Peacock Series - Bada Mountain ( FinePuerh ) Atlas shared.
Spicy, good balance of sweetness and bitterness, mineral, long finish, goes for ages. Everyone really enjoyed the flavors on this one.
http://www.finepuer.com/product/2006-da ... 10g-sample

2017 ‘Storm Breaker’ Shou / Ripe Puerh, Menghai ( Crimson Lotus Tea ) Atlas shared.
Malty biscuity sweetness with earthy backbone, thick. Later longer steeps got oddly muddy.
https://crimsonlotustea.com/products/20 ... -lotus-tea

2017 Lumberslut, Shou ( White2Tea ) Atlas shared.
Normally thick and rich, Atlas brewed this moderately, bringing out a balanced earthy/woody brew.
https://white2tea.com/product/2017-lumber-slut/

2008 MengSong 1000 Year Old Gushu Raw Puerh ( 2088 Tea) Victoria shared.
Thick, sweet, high in minerals, vanilla notes.
https://www.2088tea.com/shop/2008-mengs ... aw-pu-erh/

1996 CNNP Dayi 7542 HK-Traditional Storage, Raw Puerh ( Origin Tea -closed ) Victoria shared.
Our last tea of the night was a surprise, as Victoria revealed her collection of samples and had this small treasure on her hands. Damp storage aroma and flavor was offset by the bold dayi raw materials to make a surprisingly balanced wet stored tea. This will benefit from further airing out to dissipate damp storage notes.
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Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:05 pm

I hope to one day join you all, I have yet to find another in NYC that can keep up with me after just 3 hours of drinking tea!
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Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:11 pm

Shine Magical wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:05 pm
I hope to one day join you all, I have yet to find another in NYC that can keep up with me after just 3 hours of drinking tea!
Haha but you have excellent specialty tea houses in NYC, something LA lacks. I see you enjoy oolongs, maybe you will meet fellow tea drinkers at Te Company in West Village :)
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Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:11 pm

Looks like a real nice line up of teas! Lumber slut is definetly on my list of shu to try.
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