Welcome to the latest issue of The Right Tea Newsletter!
Do you know what to look for when trying a new tea? Do you simply make a cup of tea and taste it or is there more to it?
How and should you remain unbiased when experimenting with a new tea, even if it is just for yourself?
Reviewing a tea is a skill that every tea lover should have and in this newsletter we will be taking a quick look at what you need to look for when evaluating teas while analyzing a unique tea.
It is a way to describe the tea so that you can remember exactly what you meant by your description when you read it one week or a one month or one year later.
By being as impartial as you can possibly be in your tea reviews you can write up an accurate profile of a tea that will allow you to better understand your own preferences and to choose teas that suit you better in the future.
Let’s review Babingtons 125 Anniversary Tea as an example of what to look for when analyzing teas.
What do you look at when evaluating a new tea?
Keep a notebook or a file on your computer with the reviews you write.
Why do you need so much information? Let’s suppose that you really enjoy the tea, you want to know where you bought it so that you can purchase more of it.
Over time, as your tea collection increases, it may be hard to keep track of all the details pertaining to each tea unless you write them down somewhere.
If you wish to add any more information to your tea profile, feel free to do so.
Write down the brewing conditions and if this is the first time tasting the tea, follow the recommendations of the shop, as these are the most likely to result in a great tasting tea.
This is like the recipe for a cake, if you wish to make any changes, these are the main elements that may affect your tasting experience of this tea.
You can determine which ingredients of the blend are artificial flavors or if they make up a part of the final tea blend. And you should be able to see if the tea leaves are still in good condition.
It’s important to write objectively using references that you will be able to remember months or years after. There are no wrong answers, your description should be something you can relate to when you read back long after you have written it.
Why should you look at the infused tea leaves?
Buds, stems, and twigs become easier to tell apart from other leaves.
This is a lovely tea that is faithful in aroma from dried tea blend to brewed liquor. The same aromas found in the dried leaves can be found in the hot tea.
The berries and flowers give an aroma and sweetness to the tea that make unnecessary to add any sweeteners. Milk would probably drown out the delicate floral aromas and flavors.
You should also perform this test when the tea cools down. It could help you to know if you have on your hands a great iced tea ideal for the summer days.
You may also want to rebrew the tea and see how many times you can reinfuse the same leaves and register how flavor and aroma changes with each reinfusion.
Now it’s time to think over all the information gathered and make a final assessment.
If this tea is for your enjoyment alone, remember that brewing recommendations suit the majority of the people, but not necessarily everyone.
There are a number of questions you can ask yourself:
Be as honest and impartial as you can when you go through these and any other questions you come up with. The idea is to brew the best possible cup of tea for you.
Review all your teas and achieve your perfect cup of tea!
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