The tea sommelier
Posted 31 October 2002 - 11:02 AM
I hired James Labe, who shared this belief. His only job was explaining and brewing tea and I didn't know how better to explain him than referring to him as a sommelier for tea. I apologize that it caught on and became bastardized by others who started pairing their "personal blend of passion-fruit lotus tea" with this or that dessert.
Our intention was to offer very fine teas, each brewed individually according to their own character. While many American diners have kind of smirked at us, international travelers and press have applauded us for taking this centuries-old art more seriously than crushing low-grade teas into a paper bag and pouring hot water on it.
Posted 31 October 2002 - 05:53 PM