A Sensory Evening At Northeast Tea House
Join us for an evening of extraordinary tastes and aromas as we offer three rare teas and introduce the traditional art of Kōdō smokeless incense to the Twin Cities with all necessary demonstrations, explanations, and guidance to fully enjoy the experience. The cost is $60 per couple.
Guests will choose gongfu service from three rare teas:
1990s Dian Hong
An aged black tea from Yunnan – a rare treat, since most black tea is exported and not set aside for aging. This tea has woody and leather notes up front, accented by berries and a subtle sweetness. It has, surprisingly, acquired some notable similarities to a shu pu’er
2006 Bai Mu Dan
The saying for white tea goes “1 year tea, 3 years medicine, 7 years treasure,” so this tea must be something else! Bai Mu Dan has a higher bud:leaf ratio than shou mei, and is harder to find in aged form. This creates some interesting bright juniper notes on top of a sweet and rich body.
2005 Alishan High Mountain Oolong
High elevation oolongs tend to have a very smooth and buttery character. I have found aged oolongs acquire notes of dark chocolate, cherry, and wood. This is a beautiful marriage of both qualities in one tea, creating a tea that is at once sweet, savory, and deep.
Also, each group will enjoy their own Kōdō bowl. Kōdō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kadō for flower arrangement, and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony. Choose two from among:
Rare Woods – sweet, warm and mildly intoxicating!
- Indonesian Aloeswood
- Tsukigase, Vietnamese Aloeswood
- Sandalwood Chips
Neriko/Kneaded Incense – blended with aged apricot and honey
- Ume-Gaka/Fragrant Plum
- Sai-Un/Brilliant Cloud