Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park
After a good night’s rest on March 17, 2019, woke up and ate a lovely breakfast. After breakfast, we were shuttled to a Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park in Yibin near the site where two rivers form the Yangtze River.
It was a little drizzly so we got ponchos, but I did not wear one. Since I was one of the VIP’s we got nice close seating to the festivities. There were dance numbers, different stories and myths, water transported by a drone to tea tasting ceremony, and a grand spectacle.
Afterward, I was given a formal invite to speak with tea gardens to sell their tea from China and abroad. This is where I met some Nepali people (fellow vegetarians so I followed them through the buffet) they had a person tell them what was vegetarian and what was not.
Walking to Yangtze River Park for the Tea Tasting Ceremony.
Tasting some tea from the local vendors before the ceremony
There also were a few dance numbers. Below is a picture of the drone carrying water from the Yangtze River to be used in the tea ceremony shown in the second to last picture. The last picture is me and my tea. It was refilled with water several times.
A very good article about the obstacles for small tea farmers in Nepal and most likely the plight of small farmers in other tea countries. It shows some of the hurdles for farmers who are providing high-quality organic tea. Current trends of small farmers producing the final product versus having the medium size factories take the raw leaves and produce the final product, plus marketing, compliance, and everything else that comes along with it. The small farmers do not have the expertise nor the resources to bring their product to the right people and sell the tea at the price it deserves.
The article also mentions that there is a demand for organic tea, it seems more the lack of cash of the small farmers to get the certification. There are some groups and cooperatives that are trying to help with this situation. It makes sense to help these farmers because of the demand for this type of tea and the fact the farmers are already producing it. I enjoy these type of articles because it helps to understand the tea process better.
I have been subscribing to the World Tea news for about 10 – 15 years. This is where I stay current with tea issues.
Another great article from the World Tea News. This is great news for Nepal and I am a little surprised other tea origin countries have not done this yet, especially China. China is where white, yellow, green, oolong, purple, black, and pu-erh teas were first made. They deserve some respect for that. China is so remote in some areas that we are still discovering new teas that the Chinese people have been doing sometimes thousands of years.
I like the idea of the high standards like it must be organic for the trademark. Hopefully, people will realize the quality of Nepalese orthodox tea. The orthodox method just means tea done the traditional way, instead of by machines. Nepal is so poor orthodox method is still really viable. If this trademark gets some status to it, Nepal tea will not have to be smuggled into India to be sold as “Darjeeling” tea. Nepal must use the smaller leaf of camelia sinensis sinensis because Darjeeling teas use this leaf and most other teas in the surrounding areas of India use camelia sinensis assamica ( a broader leaf).