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Tea Time: Tasting Classes at ZenTea
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Tea Time: Tasting Classes at ZenTea

Choosing a cup at Zen Tea, we admit we had some decision anxiety. In every variety and flavor under the sun with names like Jade Dragon Oolong, Gyokuro Green Tea, and African Honey Bush Rooibos, we wish there was some way to know what we’d love. Enter Connie and her enlightening tea tastings and classes.

What To Expect

  • An intimate class and tea tasting at Zen Tea
  • Learn about tea culture, types, brewing, and history
  • All the tea you can sip in the form of unlimited tastings
  • Craft your own blend of whole leaf teas, herbs, and spices out of more than 180 options
  • Complimentary small tea bites
  • A four ounce bag of your own special blend to take home

Scout Notes

Ahhh, a cup of hot tea. The ritual of brewing, pouring, warming our hands, inhaling the earthy scent, and that first sip- is there anything sweeter to calm our nerves and soothe our souls? We think not, which is why we’re in heaven wandering into ZenTea to chat with owner Connie Miller. We’re passionate about a lot of things, but we can only hope to one day be as passionate about anything as Connie is about tea. She’ll talk tea all afternoon - and her tea room is the finest place to do it. The name itself captures the essence of the space, calming and meditative without even a touch of snootiness. Pinkies down, folks. Now, this is where it gets overwhelming: with more than 180 varieties on the menu, the largest selection in the Southeast, we’ll have to admit we had some decision anxiety. Black tea, green tea, white tea, decaf, and herbal, in every flavor under the sun with names like Jade Dragon Oolong, Gyokuro Green Tea, and African Honey Bush Rooibos, we just really wish there was some way to know what we’d love to savor a cup of. Enter Connie and her enlightening tea tasting classes.

Yes, Scouts, she’ll take an hour and half to go through the different types of tea, where they all come from, how they’re harvested and dried, how to brew and store them, plus the benefits of each- did you know tea is really good for you? And she’ll even get into herbal teas, that big umbrella category referring to all sorts of herbs and spices, and pretty much any kind of tea that isn’t made with actual tea leaves- things like chamomile, lavender, and ginger teas. For such a simple pleasure, tea is actually pretty complicated; there are chemical reactions that give each and every leaf complex and unique flavors that change depending on the way it’s grown, dried, and processed. Connie makes it easy to understand, even pulling the Big Book of Tea (not the real title) off the shelf for the highly curious. And tea is nothing without the culture, so she'll take you through everything from the origins of tea in China and India to high tea in England to tea ceremonies around the world.

We almost forgot to mention the best part- you get to taste all the tea you want. Remember the 180 varieties? Well, here’s your chance to taste dang near all of them. (Disclaimer: you’re probably not going to taste all 180 teas, but you will definitely get a thorough cross section of different types and flavors.) And if there’s one you're curious about, we're sure Connie can brew you a cup. She’s even sending you home with some tea- that you made yourself. After all that education, you’ll make your own custom herbal blend and take home a four-ounce bag to enjoy any time you want. And what’s tea time without a few delicious, delicate snacks? Along with your tea experience, you’ll be treated to sweet light bites like scones with preserves or lemon curd, pound cake with sorbet, or desserts like key lime pie. (Heck yes, gluten-free options are available.) So what’s not to love, Scouts? You don’t even have to get your pinkies out for this one.

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