​Tea Evaluation: The Art and the Science - Notes from our tea presentation

An educated tea consumer is the best kind of tea consumer. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share some knowledge about high-end tea with you!

Kissed by the Dragon

Kissed by the Dragon is what I called it when I had my first sip of Li Shan Oolong Tea. And it was a good batch, and of course tea at this level has levels. So how do we go about learning about this? I am going to guide you through a process of tea cupping and evaluation.

Tea, Wine, and Food

How many people here have been to a wine tasting? How many of you have been to a tea tasting? We can look at a tea tasting in exactly the same way as a wine tasting. It exposes us to new types that we might not have tried before. It informs us what we like. It helps us make a decision about the kind of tea we should buy. Armed with this knowledge we know what tea we would like to have on hand for any given occasion. The right tea in the right setting. We can choose the right tea for a specific context.

Changes in the U.S. Tea Market

In my lifetime I went from Instant to Artisanal. We are often caught trying to use words like this to explain so much…

Now because of small tea companies like J-TEA, you have access to for example eight roasted oolongs of varying leaf cultivar, method of roast, and degree of roast. Let’s just say, it’s a very exciting time to be a tea drinker.