We'll begin with a brief 101 on Camellia sinensis (the tea plant), as well as an overview of herbal ingredients commonly used in the tea industry. Next, we will taste through a line up of white tea, green tea, and mostly herbals, as well as a few natural flavors and oils. As a group, we will note their qualities while learning some common flavor descriptors. Expect to see common ingredients like Chamomile, and Lavender, as well as some lesser known but fun to work with herbals, such as Fragrant Hyssop and Cyani. This will show you what your palate tends to favor and will put some ideas in your head about what kind of blend you'd like to make. We'll also taste a few classic infusions, such as a Moroccan style green tea made with Lemon Myrtle and Spearmint, an herbal blend of South African Rooibos and Honeybush, and the strikingly cool Pacific Northwest grown Peppermint Leaves. I'll give you the tools to experiment with blending on your own or with guidance. You're welcome to make a tea + herbal blend, or a straight up herbal blend. By the end of our workshop, you’ll have 20+ servings to take home and share with your friends and family.
Hi there! I'm Claire. A teamaker, taster, anti-snobbery tea enthusiast, and gentle host. I'm passionate about creating special experiences for people around tea. I'm a tea trainer/educator at Smith Teamaker in Portland, where blend formulation and magic happen on a daily basis. I've worked in the tea industry since 2011.
A light palate cleanser Such as nuts or crackers. Please let me know if you have any restrictions and I'll be happy to…
Prepared Tea We'll be tasting a fair amount of tea together. (Please eat a decent breakfast!)
Tea & tools for blending I'll provide premium loose tea and herbal ingredients, blending tools and packaging for your new 2…
Our blending workshop will take place in the Tea Lab at Smith Teamaker in Portland's Central Eastside neighborhood. The Lab is set up to host groups around a large wooden table (with stools) and is stocked with everything we'll need including professional cupping sets, scales, and of course, a selection of green & white teas and herbal ingredients.
15歳以上の方6名まで参加できます。 Please abstain from wearing scents/perfume in the Lab. The workshop will require standing on a hard floor while working with both hands. Please be able to stand for at least 1 hour while participating. There are high (hard) bar…