|Karen Hartwick - certified tea sommelier|
I was so impressed by her fountain of knowledge and history when it came to everything tea.
It was so interesting how different tea tasted if you slurped it around in your mouth, and how the tastes and the smells change after a period of time - even how crucial it is for steeping times between different types of teas.
Also - the correct temperatures they require depending on the tea family - and how many times some teas can be infused over again.
I also found it cool - that depending on where the tea was processed (for example China and Japan), that in China they roast the green tea leaves, while in Japan they are steamed.
Love this clay teapot set - gave our mouths such an organic tasting experience! (pictured below)
I also picked up Houji Kukicha (I love saying it) for realkalizing ones blood as well as providing calcium - actually it's higher in calcium than a glass of milk!
This green powder and whisk (pictured below) is to help aid headaches and apparently works wonders!
Stratford Tea Leaves. If you can't make it out there physically - you can order online as well. Stratford makes a wonderful day trip, but if you decide to stay over night - Karen also offers Rosewood Manor Inn, a lovely Bed & Breakfast in the good company of the tea tasting bar.
If you want to try something a little different, I highly suggest tea tasting at Tea Leaves in Stratford! It was a lovely and cozy experience, and I can't wait to go back!