Enjoying teanamu's second Winter Warmer Tea Open House and forgetting all about the cold outside
Enjoying teanamu’s second Winter Warmer Tea Open House and forgetting all about the cold outside

We were in Le Mans last Thursday and Friday to attend the funeral of a dear friend who had passed away suddenly. Our plan was to drive back to London taking the 9.45 pm EuroTunnel from Calais to Folkestone on Friday, getting back in good time for the second Winter Warmer Tea Open House on Saturday. Alas, we were caught in the heavy snowfall en route and eventually got stuck in the boarding queue in at least 20 cm of snow till 4.30 am!

Trapped in the car, a thousand thoughts went across my mind. Should I disappoint by cancelling the Tea Open House? If so, how do I contact people who have said they are coming? Would I have time to bake some more Oolong Madeleines? Will I be too tired to talk about tea?

Realizing the pointlessness of worry, I turned my thoughts to lovely hot cups of tea, in my imagination savouring the floral aroma of Phoenix Eye Jasmine White tea, the intense sweetness of Lishan Oolong and the warmth and earthy palate of Emperor Pu Erh. It was these thoughts that got me through seven hours of night time sitting in a car covered in snow!

I have to thank our lucky stars that we got home by 8 am on Saturday and straightaway, we set the room up for the Tea Open House. I did not manage to bake some fresh Oolong Madeleines but had made a couple of days earlier a goodly supply of Matcha butter cookies which everyone likes.

I was honoured to have an even larger crowd for this Tea Open House than last week, especially given this was the Saturday before Christmas! I made many more tea friends and tried my very best to answer all questions about tea.

Here are a selection of comments from my new tea friends:

Tina: What a wonderful afternoon. SOOO taste and thought provoking, so multi-layered and as Julian said so philosophical… I am sorry I had to leave. Absolutely fascinating, meditative, life exploring. With every taste a million questions arose, with every explanation another thousand arose. Loved it. THANK YOU.

Aeyal: it was a great event and just enjoying the Golden Monkey tea right now! Looking forward to more… So nice to meet you.

We’re looking forward to our next Winter Warmer Open House on Sunday 31 January from 12-4pm. We have a lot more RSVPs this time so do come early to ensure a good seat! Click here for more details about the Tea Open House.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Warmly,

Pei
pei@teanamu.com
~~ Serene and fragrant TEA entices with promise of rapture in STORE ~~

PS: Here are some of the pictures:

Near midnight on Friday - stuck at Calais with nowhere to go

Near midnight on Friday – stuck at Calais with nowhere to go

4 am at Calais EuroTunnel - still waiting for boarding

4 am at Calais EuroTunnel – still waiting for boarding

Explaining how to spot a good Yixing purple clay pot

Explaining how to spot a good Yixing purple clay pot

Demonstrating how one would pry open a Pu Erh tea cake

Demonstrating how one would pry open a Pu Erh tea cake

Closely inspecting a single brewed oolong tea leaf

Closely inspecting a single brewed oolong tea leaf

Learning the gongfu cha tea ceremony

Learning the gongfu cha tea ceremony

Showing how to hold a purple clay pot

Showing how to hold a purple clay pot

So many tea stories to enjoy sharing

So many tea stories to enjoy sharing