Friends and fellow tea people! I’m excited to share the live video and presentation component for the tea talk and interactive workshop “History in a Bowl of Tea: Tea in the Song Period”, held Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30pm to 9pm at Floating Mountain Tea House in Manhattan!
Join us as we explore the unique history, art, and craft of tea culture during the Song period (960-1279). Learn how today’s matcha craze has its origins in the tenth century as scholars, monks, and emperors alike celebrated the flavors of powdered tea in poetry and prose, paintings and elegant tea gatherings. Examine antique teawares from the Song period and learn about the diversity of ceramics that marked this time as a “golden age” for tea.
This workshop includes a step-by-step demonstration of the grinding of Song period-style powdered tea (抹茶, mǒchá) followed by a diǎn chá (點茶, literally “marked tea”) tea tasting, conducted using historically accurate reproduced recipes.
The presentation (currently a rough version… expect something “beautiful” later) is linked here: Tea in the Song Period Presentation
You can use this presentation to follow-along with the live video of the tea talk and interactive workshop, linked here via Facebook LIVE and Floating Mountain Tea .
Any comment you leave on the Facebook page will be answered either by myself or by the proprietor of Floating Mountain. Otherwise, please feel free to leave comments, questions, feedback, and any other notes here on Scotttea.
As always, stay curious and stay thirsty!
Since originally posting this article, the video has also been uploaded here to YouTube, with additional notes pertaining to the tea talk and workshop. Enjoy!