Tea connoisseurs festival
Tea connoisseurs will get to sample some of China’s finest Puer (pronounced “poo-err”) teas from Yunnan Province. On Nov 7, vintage teas of between 60 and100 years will be offered for sampling.
Puer is an aged black tea. Some 60-year-old teas fetch thousands of ringgit for a mere 100g.
The production of Puer teas is a fiercely-guarded secret in China. The leaves are compressed and shaped like pancakes, bricks, square blocks or bowls.
Like European wine, the tea is aged for anything between a couple of years and decades before being sold.
Connoisseurs prize this tea for its dark colour, earthy, robust flavours and medicinal properties.
According to festival organiser Chiu Mei Lin, visitors will be shown the proper way to make the perfect cup of Puer tea.
“We will hold tea-making demonstrations with tea masters. They will also teach budding tea fanciers how to appreciate the flavours of different Puer teas. This festival was inspired by the 1st International Puer Tea Fair held in Guangzhou recently,” said Chiu.
“On Nov 7, we will have two sessions of tea sampling. From 9am-2pm, the tea master from Taiwan will demonstrate tea-making with a 60-year-old Puer tea; participants pay RM250 each. From 7.30pm-10.30pm, the final sampling will be a 100-year-old Puer and it will cost RM500 to enjoy this extraordinary tea.”
Collectors of Puer teas will also have the chance to purchase good quality specimens imported for the occasion. The teas for sale range from green-seal teas of 30 years vintage to teas of up to 60 years old. Some of the cheaper teas cost only RM20 (350g) while the most expensive Puer costs up to RM9,000 (350g). .
* For details, please contact Chiu Mei Lin at 03-20267599 (11am-10pm). W