Wear a Fez at a Portland Tea Tasting

In case it has not been overly evident previously, I dig tastings. It makes no difference whether it is jammy red wine, artisan ice cream, rich coffee, unique honey or, in this case, a tea tasting. I don’t discriminate.

It was pure luck that right next door to Portland’s meaty Olympic Provisions restaurant was a tiny tea tasting house. Even more lucky, they serve a Fez tea. And also have a Fez hat on hand to boot. What a fezzy coincidence.

Steven Smith Teamaker is a quaint shop in Portland, Oregon that produces hand-crafted, fine tea using interesting ingredients from around the World.

And a tea tasting there is one of the fun things to do in Portland.
Fresh Tea Tasting Ingredients

Along with individual cups of tea, the teaworks also offers a tea tasting of their impressive selection. And you can wear a Fez while doing it. Bonus.

We sat at the table height bar and ordered the tea tasting, a tea flight. Just like at a wine bar. Sort of. Unsure about the flavors, we let the knowledgeable staff choose the flavors of our four tastings. One was the Fez No. 39.

In a tea tasting, the tea is steeped stronger than normal and just like in a coffee cupping, you are supposed to slurp your tea so you can truly taste it. Finally, an excuse for bad manners.
Tea Tasting Cups at Portland's Steven Smith Teamaker

As I was expertly slurping my yellow Fez tea, a red Fez hat sat discreetly on the corner of the bar, staring at me. What do you want?

Even after much thought, the Fez and tea connection eluded me. So, I asked.

Fez No. 39 tea was named after the age owner Steve was was when he got his first Fez. He must really like Fez’s.
Fez Hat at Steven Smith TeamakersFez no. 39 Tea

And though I still don’t really get it, they had a Fez on premise. One that you can wear while tasting your tea. Can anyone guess what I did?
Annette White Weating a Fez

Have you ever been to a tea tasting? Or worn a Fez?

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2017-07-29T22:13:47+00:00 January 28th, 2013|Categories: FOOD, North America, Oregon, TRAVEL|Tags: , |

11 Comments

  1. Aryn January 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    That looks really fun! I absolutely love tea but I've never been to a tea tasting before. Not much opportunity for that in Ohio 😛

    • Annette White January 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Well, if you ever make it to Portland definitely do a tea tasting!

  2. Sara January 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I didn't do a tea tasting while I was up in Portland but next time I'm there I am totally checking this place out!

    • Annette White January 29, 2013 at 7:20 am - Reply

      It’s a quick and unique thing to do in Portland. And it’s right next door to a GREAT restaurant 🙂

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures January 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    No to both, but I would LOVE to go to a tea tasting! You look so cute in that hat.

  4. Mike@EarthDrifter January 30, 2013 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I didn't even know what a fez was up until now.  I haven't experienced a tea tasting, but it looks to be educational, soothing, and therapeutic. 

    • Annette White January 30, 2013 at 9:51 am - Reply

      There is definitely something thereapeutic about a tea tasting!

  5. Gina February 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I've never been to a teat tasting! Sounds fun – especially with a fez. 🙂

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