Having a tea tasting party at home is fun for both experienced tea lovers and newbies alike.
It’s also cheaper than a wine tasting, and you won’t be drunk at the end 🙂
I regularly hold tea tastings since I have a tea store in my country, and the results are always positive for the people involved.
In this article I’ll share with you what I’ve learned.
What you’ll need
Besides the tea, the most important thing is the teaware. Make sure that you have enough cups for everyone. A white or translucent cup is better so that you can appreciate the color of a tea’s liquor.
You may also need more than one teapot in case that there are many guests.
I suggest that you taste four different teas. If you go over six it’s too much liquid to drink, and it becomes harder to remember what the difference was between the first and last.
This also depends on the volume of your cups and the number of infusions that you will be having for each tea. If time allows, it’s very interesting to taste different steepings of a tea.
You can offer snacks and sweets, but I keep food out of my tea tastings. Food may alter the taste of your tea, so leaving the food for last may be a good choice.
Regarding the time, I usually go for 1 hour but it’s all up to you.
Ideas for your tea tasting party
You can have a theme for your tea tasting, like for example teas from a specific country or region. Try to have the appropriate teaware for a better experience.
Another option is to taste the same type of teas, like for example green teas.
For more experienced tea enthusiasts, how about the same tea but from different regions or cultivars? You’ll be amazed by the differences in taste and aroma of what seem to be similar teas.
How to taste a tea
There are different ways to taste tea for each country and a professional tea taster may not even brew the tea as you would enjoy at home. However, for our purposes we’ll just use a basic tea tasting method.
First, pay attention to the tea leaves. Observe their shape, color, size and aroma.
Once you brew your tea, appreciate the resulting color and aroma. You should also smell the wet leaves.
Now you can finally taste the tea.
Notice the relative amount of sweetness, astringency, and bitterness. There are also flavor notes for you to discover.
You don’t have to be a certified tea taster to taste a tea. The most important thing is to have fun with your guests, it’s not a contest.
Have you hosted a tea tasting party yet?