1428 Mackay street
Montreal (QC) H3G 2H7
November 6th was the first Sunday of the month, which means there would be a tasting-event at Thé Kiosque! This month was tea around the world!
Being the first time I attempt a tea-tasting, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I walked in. So as I make my way awkwardly to the counter to tell them I was there for the tea-tasting, I was asked to take a seat. The place was a bit small, and most of the people were there to study. The tea-tasting is actually individual. After I paid a small fee of 9$ (it is actually free for the VIP member, I’ll tell you how to achieve that status later) I was introduced with two different sorts of tea accompanied with two cookies (to clean the palate, and get rid of any interfering tastes). I was being handed a piece of paper on which all the details of the upcoming teas. Here’s an example of one :
Country of origin : Japan
Region : Shizuoka Prefecture
Altitude : 500-1500 feet above sea level
Cup Characteristics : Tending light liquoring, smooth with reasonable depth and body. Often used in ceremonies
Ingredients : Steamed Sencha Green Tea
Japan produces some of the best green teas in the world. The primary producing area in Japan is the Shizuoka prefecture, which is west south of Tokyo. The efficiency of Japan’s tea production is amongst the highest in the world reaching yields of 1500 pounds per acre. Despite the fact the mechanical plucking is used, the tea made is generally considered the best green tea in the world. Interestingly, due to its northern latitude all the tea fields have large fans covering the whole acreage. The fans are turned on during cold snaps to circulate the air and protect the tea bush from freezing. – Courtesy of Thé Kiosque
I’ve had the chance to try :
1) Japan Sencha (Japan)
2) Lucky Dragon Hyson (China)
3) Formosa Oolong (Taiwan)
4) Margaret’s Hope (India)
5) Irish Breakfast (Kenya)
6) Ontario Icewine (China and Canada)
Once I was finished with my two first sample of teas, more were introduced to me (up to 6), on which the paper told additional information. Each sample of tea was also introduced by a person, but being a total amateur of tea, I couldn’t retain anything. I nodded and pretend I understood and relied on the piece of paper to tell me all the wonders of the tea! At the end of the tasting , I was offered a free sample of tea amongst a variety of them. I decided to choose the White tea/ Sakura cherry rose!
It was a very nice experience! For a small price, it is educational and fun to do with friends! In order to keep in touch with future events, all you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter at the little shop.
Become an Elite tea drinker: Simply refer us [Thé Kiosque] to 10 friends on Facebook, message us with the list of names, and once they confirm, you will receive our VIP Card granting you employee discounts on ALL of our products and our events for 12 MONTHS!