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Enjoy a Tea Collector's Favorite Teas

Portland, United States

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Experience hosted by Forest

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Guests will be greeted by Forest and invited to sit down in his tearoom. While we begin preparing to drink our first tea, Forest will explain the basics of tea, including methods of preparation, tea culture, etiquette, and more. We will discuss each Camelia sinensis tea’s terrior, vintage, taste, smell, and energetic profile (i.e. notable physiological effects). Typically, Forest encourages the tasting participants to first enjoy the tea and comment on their observations before he gives his opinion on each tea. We will typically drink 3 teas during the 2 hour experience.

Guests typically have questions about Camellia sinensis (the tea plant), various processing methods, tea history, tea lore, and the medicinal aspects of tea. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Other things to note
Building has stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. The tearoom is indoors and guests will have access to pillows and blankets.
Guests will be greeted by Forest and invited to sit down in his tearoom. While we begin preparing to drink our first tea, Forest will explain the basics of tea, including methods of preparation, tea culture, etiquette, and more. We will discuss each Camelia sinensis tea’s terrior, vintage, taste, smell, and energetic profile (i.e. notable physiological effects). Typically, Forest encourages the tasting participants to first enjoy the tea and comm…

Forest's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Curated Tea
From $76
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Forest

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Forest Amsden (LAc) co-owns Zuo Wang Tea, a company that focuses on offering the best Camelia sinensis tea in the world. He travels to China and Taiwan every year to participate in Tea Exhibitions, work directly with tea farmers, and learn more about tea. Zuo Wang Tea carries Puerh and Oolong teas that have won awards in both China and Taiwan. Forest utilizes many concepts that are fundamental to Chinese Medicine in order to further his understanding and medicinal usage of Camelia sinensis teas.

Forest is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Degree from UC Berkeley in Religious Studies, and has studied the Chinese language, Chinese culture, Buddhism, and other religions and disciplines for over 10 years. He practices Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and also enjoys playing music, hiking, weight lifting, Taijiquan, and rapping
Forest Amsden (LAc) co-owns Zuo Wang Tea, a company that focuses on offering the best Camelia sinensis tea in the world. He travels to China and Taiwan every year to participate in Tea Exhibitions, work directly with tea farmers, and learn more about tea. Zuo Wang Tea carries Puerh and Oolong teas that have won awards in both China and Taiwan. Forest utilizes many concepts that are fundamental to Chinese Medicine in order to further his understanding and medicinal usage of Camelia sinensis teas…
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Where you'll be

The Zuo Wang Tea Room is located in a cozy vintage home in beautiful Northwest Portland. The space is decorated with elegant furnishings, antique scrolls, and teaware which provides a unique and peaceful ambiance for drinking tea with friends.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Rita
January 2020
Such an engaging host! Personable, knowledgeable and Kind. The tea was top notch, and even this old tea drinker learned valuable information. Forest was charming and low key. Com early to search for parking or better yet take an Uber.
Diana
May 2019
There were a series of synchronicities that all worked in our favor to have this tea tasting occur - it was wonderful! The space was peaceful and inviting, the conversation was fascinating and enlightening, which made the experience of tasting the tea even more memorable. We were also able to buy tea that we wanted to enjoy again to share with others. I highly recommend this experience!
There were a series of synchronicities that all worked in our favor to have this tea tasting occur - it was wonderful! The space was peaceful and inviting, the conversation was fas…
Danielle
February 2019
It was very comfortable and relaxing to be tea tasting with Forest. He taught us about some world class tea and was very open to all opinions. Forest seems like a really genuine guy. I’d recommend you going if you’re interested in getting into more fancy teas!
It was very comfortable and relaxing to be tea tasting with Forest. He taught us about some world class tea and was very open to all opinions. Forest seems like a really genuine gu…
Laurel
February 2019
For novices and tea nerds alike! Melanie and Forrest's tea tasting was a wonderful way to spend a drizzly afternoon. Location: Easy to get to on foot or using public transit. The neighborhood is cute, and close to other things to do. Their space is very beautiful and relaxing - lots of interesting things to look at without being cluttered. The tasting: They demonstrated three teas: a raw Pu-erh, a red oolong, and a ripe Pu-erh. If that sounds like gibberish to you, fear not! Melanie and Forrest are incredibly knowledgable, and are happy to tell you all about them! All three were quite enjoyable. The people: Melanie and Forrest are both very warm and friendly. Their love of tea and tea culture is apparent - conversation flowed and was not awkward. They also gave me some great suggestions on places to visit while I was in town! Overall: 10/10 - will definitely stop by the next time I'm in town.
For novices and tea nerds alike! Melanie and Forrest's tea tasting was a wonderful way to spend a drizzly afternoon. Location: Easy to get to on foot or using public transit. The…
Camila
January 2019
It was a great learning experience about tea and the hosts are pretty great, welcoming and friendly. It was a great experience from begging to end. I highly recommend!
Zachary
October 2018
Have you ever had tea from a 200 year old tree? Host by two wonderful people, learn more than you ever thought possible about tea, have some great conversation, and most of all enjoy some amazing tea.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 8 and up can attend.