Some cultures are known for their coffee connoisseurs, others for wine aficionados or beer enthusiasts. Yet almost every place has its tea lovers, whether they’re into malty Assams, brisk Ceylons, aromatic Yunnans, plumy oolongs, delicate green teas, or highly-prized jasmines. We’ll sample at least eight classic teas (more if we have time) and learn a bit about them and how to brew a good cup. Sweet and savory snacks will accompany the teas and you’ll take home plenty of samples. Bring one or two of your favorite cups or mugs to the class.
Paul Angiolillo discovered the contemplative pleasures and soothing benefits of tea as an undergraduate at Yale U. in the 1970s. Since then, he has expanded his interest in this world’s most-popular drink (after water), while working as a journalist and an editor. To gain more experience in fine teas, he has also worked at Upton Tea Imports (Holliston MA). Paul has also been creating sculptures and functional “art” objects for several decades, in both representational and abstract styles. For many years he studied with master sculptor Joseph Wheelwright in Boston. Paul has shown his works in galleries, art centers, libraries, museum shops (deCordova, Fuller Craft), and other venues, as well as in many outdoor exhibits.