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Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp - New York City 2019


 Join us this February for our 2019 Tea Bootcamp here in New York City.

It’s the fastest way to master the craft of Chinese Tea.

Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp - New York City 2019
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Dates & Details

What: A five-day intensive Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp on Chinese tea

For Whom: Aspiring tea professionals and tea aficionados

Where: At Tea Drunk in Manhattan, New York

When: 2/22/2019 - 2/26/2019

Time: 9am - 6pm daily

Instructor: Shunan Teng, founder of Tea Drunk.

Tuition: $2000 for the complete Bootcamp (incl. Tastings of world’s most prized teas, study material, tests, certificate)

$500 /day (This is for you if you want to take part at the Bootcamp, but cannot commit to 5 days. Contact us at hello@tea-drunk.com with your
order number to let us know on which days of the Bootcamp you will join us.)

Get excited for a total of 40 hour of intense tea tasting and learning of tea knowledge!

Optional evening practices during the Bootcamp: 6pm - 9pm.

This is the opportunity for students to review what they have learned during the day at their own pace in our New York City tea house. Also a great opportunity to further cultivate your palate with more teas.

Optional apprenticing AFTER the Bootcamp: 2/27 to 3/1 from noon to 10pm (flexible time within these hours)

Students who decide to stay after the Bootcamp will have the opportunity to participate in the operation of the tea house and apply their tasting and brewing knowledge in helping customers.

About the 2019 Tea Bootcamp

Tea Drunk has leading expertise in tea, and we can’t wait to share our deep knowledge of tea with you.

Our goal is to cultivate a league of highly trained tea professionals with expertise on tea, from terroir, to varietal, and processing.

We focus on the best of the best traditional teas as they represent the pinnacle of tea and sets standards for modern replicas. 

The amplitude and depth of this tea course is unparalleled. 

This course should also be considered a robust preparatory course for our tea trip to China’s historic tea mountains. 

Register for this course to gain a solid foundation in understanding tea. Later, join our Tea Trip to validate your knowledge with hands-on experience in tea country, and further your studies at top tea research institutes of China.

Class Structure

Every class is accompanied by tastings and handouts. Each level is evaluated with both written and tasting tests.

We also highly encourage students to bring any teas that they want to be evaluated or are curious about.

We will have all questions answered.

The course is taking place in Manhattan, New York City. 

You will graduate with fellow students who are serious about tea. And a certificate to prove your connoisseurship in Chinese tea will be issued to you.

Things you should know about the Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp

This course focuses on the highest tier of tea, so do expect to geek out on some of the most expensive and famous teas. 

We will only lightly touch on mass-produced teas which makes up more than 99% of the teas produced in the world. They are weak in-style copies of traditional tea, lacking pedigree in the three pillars of tea: terroir, varietals and processing.

We put a great emphasis on book knowledge as well as cultivating an intuitive palate for tea - the two should mirror each other. 

Everything we do in the making of tea, from planting on, should all be reflected in the taste.  Any nuanced difference we taste in tea should be tied to a specific element in a tea’s life journey.

The Bootcamp Syllabus

Everything below and more will be covered at the 2019 Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp.

There will also be ample time for tasting, discussion, and answering questions.

The Bootcamp is broken down into four levels, where the following will be covered:

Handful of Green Tea

Level 1 [Fri.,Feb.22] - The Framework to Understand Chinese Tea

Here we lay the first foundation of tea knowledge and gain basic tools to explore further. 

  • Overview of Tea

    • Six categories of tea

    • Brewing

    • History

    • Health benefits of tea

  • Tea Classification

    • Processing

    • Naming convention

  • Brewing Methods.

  • Overview of Terroir.

  • Overview of Varietal.

  • Overview of Processing.

  • Basic tasting techniques.

… And more.

Level 2 [Sat.,Feb.23]- Getting Detailed with the 6 Categories of Chinese Tea

From this level, we start to dive in deeper, but each topic still centers around brewing, terroir, varietal and tasting.

  • Overview of Green Tea.

  • Overview of Yellow Tea.

  • Overview of White Tea.

  • Overview of Wu Long (Oolong Tea).

  • Overview of Red Tea.

  • Overview of Black Tea.

Level 3 [Sun. + Mo.,Feb.24+25]- Exploring Individual Teas

At this level, we go in even deeper, focusing on one significant tea style at a time. After this level, you should be able to distinguish good and bad; authentic and fake tea by sight and/or taste.  We’ll also touch on the history of each tea to provide background and perspective.

  • Long Jing

  • Mao Feng

  • Jun Shan Yin Zhen

  • Qi Hong

  • Yan Cha

  • Tie Guan Yin

  • Dan Cong

  • Sheng Pu

  • Shou Pu

… and nearly 20 other highly regarded teas!

Level 4 [Tue.,Feb.26]- Advanced Tea Knowledge

At this point in the seminar you will have all the knowledge and tools to have an analytical mindset in understanding tea. We will circle back to pillar factors impacting a tea’s taste profile but now at a higher level. We’ll learn to put reasons behind our appreciation or criticism. We’ll discuss topics such as…

  • Tea and vessel and water.

  • Advanced tea brewing techniques.

  • Tea biochemistry.

  • Tea evaluation and processing – the different systems.

  • Tea and health.

  • Tea planting and cloning.

  • Tea and Chinese history.

  • Tea and Chinese literature.

  • Tea and Chinese philosophy.

… and more.

Fine Print

The course is taking place in Manhattan, New York City. 

Tuition does not include lodging or meals, although we will have light group lunches.

Please come with writing materials and a note book.

The Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp may be taken as a stand alone course, but we encourage students to join us on our following Tea Trip to China to deepen their understanding of tea, and gain a first hand perspective on the very specific terroir of Chinese teas. Details are here.

Tea Connoisseurship Bootcamp - New York City 2019
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