Guide To Tea Tasting
Tea tasting requires patience, concentration, and practice to master the art. To evaluate the flavor, aroma, and appearance of different types of tea, one must carefully observe and assess them. If you’re a tea enthusiast, learning the proper way to taste and evaluate tea can enhance your experience.
To begin, correctly prepare the tea by measuring the appropriate amount of loose-leaf tea for the water used. It’s important to follow the correct parameters for water temperature and steeping time, which vary depending on the tea type. To avoid impurities affecting the taste, it’s recommended to use filtered water.
After preparing the tea, take a moment to appreciate its appearance and aroma. Observe the liquid and leaves color and the tea’s scent. Note that the tea aroma can change as it cools, so it’s advisable to smell it periodically throughout the tasting process.
Unveiling the Art of Tea Tasting: Tips and Techniques
When tasting the tea, take a small sip and let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. This allows you to fully taste and evaluate the flavors and notes of the tea. Pay attention to the sweetness, bitterness, and astringency of the tea, as well as any underlying flavors such as floral, fruity, or earthy notes.
After tasting the tea, take notes on your observations and impressions. This can help you keep track of the teas you’ve tasted and make comparisons between different types of tea. It’s also helpful to taste teas side-by-side to better compare and contrast the flavors and aromas.
In conclusion, tea tasting is a rewarding and enjoyable activity for tea enthusiasts. By learning the proper techniques and taking the time to observe and evaluate the tea, you can enhance your tea experience and gain a deeper appreciation for the subtle nuances of different types of tea.
How do I taste my tea?
When we’re tasting tea, we mainly look at the following key features of the selected tea,
- Appearance – Is it twisted, rolled, or just a natural, flat leaf?
- Aroma/Fragrance –Smell the leaves before steeping. Do they smell grassy, smoky, or sweet?
- Flavor – Is it citrusy, flowery, toasty, or fruity?
- Color – is it bright or deep color?
- Mouthfeel – is it sweet? Bitter? salty? acidic or sour?
Let`s start the session
A good way to start tea tasting is to line up your favorites in different categories and start comparing.
NOTE: The flavors may differ depending on the origin, soil type, style of tea, and steeping time.
On our “Ceylon Tea Growing Regions” page, you learned about the characteristics of Ceylon teas by location.