“Tea at Santacroce Palace” Tells the Story of Tea and Tastings
Following are some of the anecdotes revealed in the “Tea at Palazzo Santacroce” presentation, which recently took place at the Grand Hotel in San Gemini, Italy.
“Tea in the beginning was a drink of the noble classes, so much so that the Emperor charged in tea. It had to be picked by virgin girls who wore gloves,” said Antonello Biancalana, tea expert and founder of DiWineTaste. “The name of the plant from which the tea is made is the camellia.”.
Black tea is a plant that originates in China, featuring the leaf, the apical bud, which is less bitter. Green tea retains multiple properties, containing caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, ingredients also found in cocoa, causing people to stay awake. These three substances create excitement, but the effect varies depending on how it is prepared and made.
To taste tea is to rediscover the senses, which we are often unaccustomed to using, when in fact, they are emotions to be enhanced. Both tea and wine are useful in this regard because they require a different emotional understanding to be discovered. Tea is a beverage that has more than 5,000 years of history, and embraces youth of every age.
“Tea at Palazzo Santacroce” emulates the English Afternoon Tea, whose tradition began in the mid-19th century.
Additional events on the refinement of tea tasting will take place at the Grand Hotel San Gemini. Information can be found at https://www.grandhotelsangemini.com/appuntamenti/.
“Tea at Palazzo Santacroce” is organized by the Tacconi-Ottelio group, and the Grand Hotel San Gemini.