There is certain warmth in tea that is the reason that it is so popular around the globe. Whenever I visit a restaurant or go to someone’s place, the cup of tea that is mildly hot with steam coming out of it gives me a very welcoming impression. That very sight and moment makes me feel like home and I truly feel settled in that particular place.
Most of us drink tea on a daily basis. I cannot even imagine starting my day without a huge cup of tea which awakens my senses and makes me feel active. For me, tea is the ultimate boost to my mind and body.
A unique feature of tea is that everybody wants it to be their own special way. Some like flavored tea whereas others prefer it to be as simple as possible. I personally think that every tea drinker is a connoisseur of their very own tea and have the right to term any tea anyway they like.
So what is your type of tea? Any kind of word or adjective is well-suited to describe your tea because your unique taste and the way it energizes your senses helps you in coming up with the right word for it. The art of tea tasting serves to be unique for each and every person because the same thing might appeal differently to different people.
A Tasting Guide
For beginners, I provide a guide on how the elements of leaf, aroma, liquid, and flavor combine to produce the right kind of tea.
Even the shape and position of the leaf determines what the taste of the tea is going to be like. Not only this but the steeping time of the leaf and whether it was whole and broken will also serve to have an effect on the final taste of the drink.
The nose may get you to the kind of flavors that otherwise might be ignored by the mouth. At the time of steeping, smell the aroma of the leaf. Is it grassy, smoky or sweet? It can also be citrusy, flowery, toasty, and even fruity. Yes, you read it right. Expect your tea to carry any of these tastes because tea can only be categorized as being more than just light, strong, and very strong.
If you want to determine the type of tea by the color of its liquid then infuse it in a white cup. The consistency of its color will tell you a lot about the tea, for example, depth of the color will denote the proper brewing time.
Let the tea cool down a little first. Slurp the tea so that the flavor spreads on the entire tongue making you completely familiar with it. Did the flavor give you an everlasting and memorable effect? Remember that how the tea feels in your mouth is also very important. A good tea not only tastes good but it also serves to awaken your senses and gives your body a refreshing restart. If the tea was flat then this was definitely not what you have been asking for.
Describing What You Have Tasted
Do you know about the variety of teas available and how distinct their taste is? Each flavor carries with itself a certain originality and impacts different people in a different manner.
Sometimes, it is very hard to put into words what you have actually felt. You might actually run out of words after tasting a certain type of tea. But the best part is that there is no definition of right or wrong when it comes to describing a tea. You can call it anything and it will be completely fine because as I said before, you are your own connoisseur.
You can call your tea fruity, floral, herbal, savory, and even nutty. Here is a summary of the different tea flavors that are well-known and more common.
As the name indicates, green teas are all about going green. They have a very healthy effect on your body including your immune system, your digestive system, and as well as your nervous system. Green tea plays a vital role in releasing all the intoxicants and extra fats from your body and bringing a greener effect on it. Most of the herbal teas fall into this category and are made through special herbs only to improve your health.
This type of tea occupies a middle ground between the black and green teas so you can expect the flavors to be sweet, savory, spicy, or perhaps mineral maybe. This kind of tea is for people who want to maintain a balanced profile when it comes to consuming tea. Thus, both your health and your mind will benefit from the consumption of such kind of teas.
If you are looking for pleasant floral aspects in your tea then white tea is the right kind of tea for you. The flavor is something subtle and aims to bring a sweet and calming effect on the drinker. White tea is very light in nature and works along a spectrum that offers a realm of sweetness.
The earthy and deep tones of the black tea usually fall under the wood and mineral categories. Black tea is consumed in larger parts as compared to other kinds of tea. Black tea carries with it the aroma and flavor that is bound to bring a relaxing and soothing effect on the people who consume it. Want to give yourself a treat at the end of a hectic day? Just grab a huge cup of tea and enjoy it while sitting completely idle. Trust me, you will forget that you just had a tiring day because the tea will make you enter an ultimate relaxation mode.
What if you feel like combining the sweetness of a certain flavor with the healthy effects of white tea? Do you think you have such an option? Yes, of course, you can do this. Imagine yourself sipping Jasmine White tea. Sounds soothing, right? You can make your tea floral, sweet, earthy or any other flavor as your wish while keeping its healthy effects on your body intact. Herbal tisanes are very exciting in terms of flavor and aroma. The delicious combinations of healthy and natural ingredients can make not only a delicious tea, but also a tea that is very good for you.
Developing a Tea Tasting Palate
You need to follow certain guidelines while developing a certain taste for your tea. These are the things that you have to keep in mind while getting started with your tea tasting adventure:
Categorize and Compare
Line up different flavors together and categorize them according to their distinct characteristics. Afterward, you can compare them according to your own judgment and set specific standards for yourself.
Note the Factors on which Flavors Depend
The flavors of all the teas depend on a variety of factors including origin, type of soil, style of tea, and steeping time. These differences in flavor can also be attributed to location, climate, and how the tea is processed. Observing these factors will help you realize how a tea develops their specific taste and what additional factors can cause a change in this specific taste.
Focus on the Differences between Different Teas
Know what the basic differences between the basic types of teas are. How black, herbal, white, and oolong teas differ from another and what makes them special in their own way.
Slurping is Important
Yes, people do not like this idea but actually slurping plays a vital role in knowing the right taste of the tea. The process ensures the tea hitting all your taste buds and actually cools down the tea a little bit which makes it easier for your taste buds to catch the actual taste of the tea.
Challenge Yourself More to Know Your Kind of Tea
You need to try different teas to know what your exact preference is. You might miss on something more exciting if you fail to challenge yourself to try out new and different tea flavors.
Sometimes, hitting a local tea shop can also be quite helpful in becoming familiar with the tastes of different kinds of teas. You can take the help of the staff and develop your palate to master the art of tea tasting. No matter what kind of tea you drink, it will never fail to energize your whole body making your insides refresh. From the very first sip to the last one, you will notice the taste of the tea becoming more refined and enhanced, gradually bringing a thrill to your senses.
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