February 2009 certainly got off to a busy start in my tea world!  Tea Class at Selby.

Last Thursday, we had our first Tea Appreciation course at Selby Gardens as part of the Sarasota County Adult Learning Education Program. From the second floor of the Payne Mansion with a wonderful view of Sarasota Bay, the sun dazzled on the water and shining on the Ringling Bridge.

Tea Class at Selby

Does this sound amazing? Tea Class at Selby was amazing!

The picture-perfect tea morning, bright and sunny but on the cool side for us wimps in Florida.

I had 16 lovely ladies attend. (Come on, you tea-loving guys, there must be some of you out there!) During our 90 minutes together, we tasted 6 different teas; 2 black, 2 green, and 2 herbals. We discussed the origin, processing, preparation, and health benefits of each tea. There was time for lots of questions and some lively discussion about brewing the perfect cuppa.

I must not forget to thank my excellent cha walla Michael, who served the tea in true airline stewardess fashion! In Indian families, ‘cha walla’ is used as a term of endearment to encourage a fellow family member to make the tea. Also, a term used in the film “Slumdog Millionaire” for the hero Jamil Malik but not with the same endearment!

As ladies are wont to do, the ladies then proceeded to our Tasting Room to sample 3 more teas.

We had 3 more ladies attend during the afternoon and had an “unplugged version” of the same class. Very up close and personal but just as much fun. A brilliant start to the month.

Watch this space, we are planning more Tea Appreciation and other Tea associated classes in the coming months, and it would be great to have you join us.

The Tea Lady

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