David Campbell has sought out the freshest and finest teas from China, Taiwan and Japan, under the guidance of some of the most renowned tea masters of those countries.
Tillerman Tea offers a wide selection of over 60 loose-leafed teas in addition to a special "house flight" of five teas: green, oolong, black, jasmine and puerh. All Tillerman teas are from small growers and producers and represent the very best in quality and in value. They offer complimentary monthly introductory classes and, by reservation, customers can book a private tea tasting and education program complete with ceremonial and cultural elements. They also have a fine selection of traditional teapots, cups, infusers and tea making paraphernalia.
Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, Puerh Tea and scented teas – Let us help you better understand the five major categories of tea. What are their differences, how are they produced, and how can you make a wonderful cup of tea? Through brewing and tasting, we will answer all these questions and any other ones you might have about tea. You will also get a hands-on experience about what type of tea ware best suits your brewing needs at home and at work. Let us show you the many wonders of tea!
$20 per person includes:
5 House Teas
Basic Tea History
Infuser mug brewing
Chinese Tea Ceremony Presentation The Chinese tea ceremony is not as formal as it sounds! For the Chinese, the tea ceremony challenges how well you can brew tea; it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. In this presentation we will show you the traditional tea ware used, demonstrate formal Gaiwan service, Gongfu tea (tea prepared using special clay ware from Yixing - pronounced “yee-shing”), and Tea Farmer service. Each one of these has cultural significance that will allow us to share the 5,000 years of culture in China through one of its favorite beverages . . . Tea!
$30 per person includes:
5 House Teas plus one Specialty Tea
Basic Tea History and Chinese Tea Culture
Formal Gaiwan Tea
Chaozhou style Gongfu Tea
Formal Yixing Gongfu Tea
Formal Porcelain Tea Service
Farmer Yixing Gongfu Tea
Farmer Gaiwan Tea
Seasonal Tea Tasting
Tea is seasonally harvested as certain teas are best during specific seasons. Come taste the best of each season with us as the teas arrive. This tasting is designed to showcase the unique seasonal quality of tea. Why are the best green teas only harvested in the spring but oolongs are just as good harvested during the fall? Let us show you while you taste the harvest with us!
$40 per person includes:
4-6 of the season’s best tea harvest
Basic Tea history and agriculture
Basic Brewing techniques
Design Your Own Tea Tasting
Do you have questions about tea? Why are there hundreds of varieties of Green tea? Why are they called Oolong or Puerh teas? Select from the many aspects of tea and we can help you design a personalized tasting experience. This option will let you work with our Director of Tea Culture and Education to create a tasting that will best answer your questions and needs. Please arrange with us at least two weeks in advance for tasting program and price.
For all other Tea Talks, please place your reservation at least one week in advance.