Welcome to the latest issue of The Right Tea Newsletter!
Have you ever wondered how a tea professional performs tea tastings?
Well, much like in everything else, you need to have the proper tools. Your favorite cup of tea may be wonderful, but it is not best suited for a controlled tea tasting experiment.
However, these items are accessible to everyone, even if not always easy to find. So, in this issue we will introduce you to what makes up a professional tea tasting set and the items you need to level up your tea tasting sessions.
A professional tea tasting set is just what the name says: a tea set used by professionals in the tea industry.
However, you don’t have to be a professional to have access to one or to use one.
This particular tea set allows the drinker to brew the tea and strain it in order to be able to analyze tea leaves and tea at the same time.
While your regular teapot, strainer and cups may work just fine, you may have a harder time making sure that you can replicate the same conditions every single time.
Items in a Professional Tea Tasting Set
A profession tea set includes a special brewing cup with a lid, and an accompanying bowl. Both items are porcelain to prevent odors from influencing your tasting session and white so that you clearly evaluate colors.
Caring for Your Tea Set
When finished, you should wash each piece carefully after using to avoid stains that could affect your perception of the true color of the tea or tea residue that could affect the flavor of the following sessions.
Make sure to rinse them properly as washing liquid up liquid may accumulate in the lid.
Be careful when drying each piece, as they are incredibly light and could easily crack when dropped. Please don’t be clumsy like me. My heart just broke when I saw the cracked lid.
Place the items carefully back in their box until your next tea tasting session.
Is it Worth the Price?
A professional tea set may not be that much more expensive than a fancy mug with an infuser, but this tea set is not designed for your everyday cup of tea. It has the purpose alone of conducting a controlled tea tasting session.
Well, it all comes down to how serious you are about tasting and learning about your teas. If you are considering become a tea professional and full-time tea taster, then yes, you need a set or two, or more.
Do you need it to enjoy your tea? Absolutely not, but if you want to understand your teas better, understand your tastes and you are willing to experiment and invest time to understand how each tea compares to one another, then why not?
Do you need more than one? Again, it’s up to you. Two sets will allow you to conduct comparative sessions that you can better assess in the moment rather than conducting one session after the other and relying on your memory or your notes.
It will make evaluating more than one tea at a time faster and, I’ll admit, more fun as well.
Alternatives to the Professional Tea Set
If you are not yet sure that you want to commit to a professional tea tasting, then you may keep using your regular cups and strainers.
Professional cups have their lids and shape to let strain the liquid and keep the leaves inside. Do not be tempted to use an infuser as the leaves need to brew freely and you should be able to look at the wet leaves after brewing, so use a strainer instead.
Make sure that your brewing vessel and tasting cups are both made of porcelain so that no odors will influence your results, and white so that you can evaluate the true colors of the tea leaves and liquor.
Try doing a few tasting sessions with items you have at home, and then if you do enjoy it, get yourself a nice professional tea tasting set.
Other Items for the Tea Tasting Session
There are other items that you’ll need for controlled tea tasting that are usually not included when you purchase a tea tasting set in a tea shop. You may need to buy them separetaly or use whatever you may have around the house for this purpose.
Here is the list of additional things you’ll need:
Now all that is left is to choose the tea and begin your own professional tea tasting sessions.
Prepare for your Professional Tea Tasting Sessions
Have fun drinking and tasting all of your teas!
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