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Darjeeling: The Champagne of the Himalaya
Sat 22 April 2017, 15:00 – 17:30 BST
Tea Taster Kevin Gascoyne takes us on an exotic journey through the tea gardens of the Himalaya. For over 20 years Kevin has spent every Spring in the region for buying, research and consulting. Travel to the mountains through his anecdotes and images as he describes and explains the inner workings of this high altitude tea industry.
Kevin will be fresh off the plane from his 2017 First Flush buying trip in Darjeeling with a few of the highlights from his selection for us to taste.
For tea enthusiasts of all levels
Kevin first bought tea in Asia in 1989 and has spent every Spring there for almost 25 years. Living in Montréal, he is one of 4 taster/owners of Camellia Sinensis, whose catalogue at camellia-sinensis.com has gained World renown. He lectures all over the planet and runs 2 tea schools, a wide selection of workshops, conferences, field consulting, trade development and seminars. Aside from his obsessive quest for Darjeeling’s finest leaf, he also has a passion for shop keeping in his stores. According to his colleagues his daily tea consumption compares to the flow of some small rivers.
His writing has been published in English, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Russian and French in N.America, Europe and Asia he is also co-author of the prize-winning book TEA, History, Terroir, Varieties which was recently voted World's Best Tea Book 2014 by the World Tea Awards.