After researching coffee tasting I also decided to look at tea tasting and see if I could improve my writing on this subject as well.
Again thanks to the Moleskine, I found their tea journal that has a great, basic explanation of what to look for when drinking tea.
The professionals evaluate four key aspects:
- the appearance and feel of the dry leaves
- the colour and body of the liquor (the liquid produced by steeping the leaves)
- the aromas
- the flavours
This is quite similar to coffee in some ways, but I think there will be more variation in the flavours and aromas due to the types of tea I like to try.
There was also a section on tasting method:
- After draining the leaves, give the liquor a minute to cool off.
- Put your nose close to the tea and inhale deeply to take in the aromas. Breathe out.
- Take a sip, flushing the tea all over your palate.
- Assess the weight or body of the tea in your mouth.
- Continue to hold the tea in your mouth and breathe in through your nose to catch the flavours.
- Swallow the tea. Breathe out.
- Discern the aromas at the back of your nasal passages
- How long do the flavours last after you’ve swallowed (the “finish”)?
I’m going to try to use this going forward with my tea subscription!