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PROFESSIONAL TEA TASTING SET

Our tea tasting set is perfect for professional buyers or for the tea lover who wants to take their connoisseurship to the next level.

The three-piece white porcelain set includes a brew cup, a lid and a 6-ounce tasting bowl. We recommend purchasing 6 at a time, allowing you to compare teas side-by-side in a consistent, standardized method (referred to in the industry as “cupping”).

DIRECTIONS: (Please click on "view more images" beneath the picture on the left to see this tasting set in use).  Add 2.5 grams (approximately 1 heaping teaspoon for most teas) of leaves into the brew cup. Fill the cup with freshly boiled (190 degree) water and cover. Steep for three minutes. While holding the lid tight, set the cup horizontally on the tasting bowl to decant through the grooved teeth opposite the handle. Once the water has completely drained into the bowl, you can evaluate the tea in several ways:

1. HEATED ESSENCE: Hold the empty brew cup (containing only the used tealeaves) in your hand and tip the lid slightly to smell the warm, used tealeaves. Etiquette dictates that you only tip the lid slightly and replace it immediately after evaluating the aroma to retain heat and steam for the next tea taster in line behind you. The heated aroma is critical to the evaluation process. It can tell you many things about the tea’s quality and will flush out any imperfections. Many professional buyers say they can tell which teas they are going to buy based on this first step of smelling the heated essence alone.

2. TASTE: Next, taste the tea from the tasting bowl by sipping directly from the cup or by using a large spoon (not included). TIP: you can dip your used spoon in a cup of room-temperature water between tastings so as not to co-mingle flavors. Professional tasters always slurp their tea loudly and as quickly as possible to spray the tea to all of the different tasting areas of their tough at once. Swirl the tea around in your mouth, paying attention to texture and flavor (initial taste, middle taste and after taste). Also take note of the color of the tea. Professional tasting sets are always made from white porcelain to set the tea’s visual color in high contrast.

3. WET LEAF: After everyone has examined the heated aroma and tasted the tea, hold the cup and lid firmly together and flip the cup over until all of the used tealeaves fall and rest on the lid. Place the lid up-side-down on the cup, displaying the used tealeaves. You can now evaluate the cooled essence (the aroma of the now room-temperature tealeaves) to see how the smell has changed. You can also use your fingers to feel the texture and springiness of the leaves. Look for any visual or tactile similarities or inconsistencies.

TIP: In most professional tastings, a small amount of the dried leaf is also set on a piece of paper or basket behind the tea tasting set so that you can also evaluate the appearance and aroma of the tea at all stages of the brewing process, including before it has contacted water.

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PROFESSIONAL TEA TASTING SET

The three-piece white porcelain set includes a brew cup, a lid and a 6-ounce tasting bowl. We recommend purchasing 6 at a time, allowing you to compare teas side-by-side in a consistent, standardized method (referred to in the industry as “cupping”).

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