Tea 101 Lesson 1

Tea 101 Lesson 1

In the first lesson 5 teas were covered.  The aroma of the teas when the packages were opened was very lovely. All the different flavours were a bit overwhelming at first, being there was five to taste, and all at the same time!

As a long time tea drinker I knew there was differences in tea surrounding how it was made. I just never paid as much attention to these differences, as I did now when sampling them all together.

But when starting from the very light and subtle White Silver tips and moving to the deep rich and full bodied Pu-erh made understanding the differences quite easy.

Provided in the handouts was the following recommended instructions; the temperature the water should be when brewing, times for steeping and the following observations on the notes were listed.

  1. White Silver Needle – China – light liquor, smooth mouth feel, floral with a sweet after taste.
  2. Gunpowder – China – golden liquor, grassy, vegetative, smoky
  3. Oolong Ti Kuan Yin – China – golden liquor, toasty, smoky and floral flavours
  4. Black Orthodox – Assam – bright golden copper, smooth malt flavours
  5. Pu-erh – China – dark red liquor – almost black, pungent, earthy and rich flavours