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How to Taste Tea Like a Tea Sommelier

One of the frequently asked questions I get is about the words to use to talk or write about tea, which I really think is a question how to taste tea. After all, how can you talk about what you can’t describe? In this guide, I’m going to show you how to describe the physical characteristics of tea, and taste sensations beyond salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and umami. Then we’ll talk about how to get creative when describing tea, and how I make my tea tasting notes. Follow along and you’ll be talking like a tea sommelier in no time. Continue Reading

Tea Tea Reviews

Blue Moon Colour-Changing Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Today I want to introduce you to butterfly pea flower tea. A trendy tisane that’s been making waves. What’s so special about it, you ask? Well…. it ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges. This is a tea David Bowie could get behind. In fact, here’s a Bowie-centric Spotify playlist so you can get in the mood. David Bowie, chocolate, Easter, tea…. It’s a natural pairing. Continue Reading


WTF is FTGFOP? An Introduction to Tea Grading

Gaiwan full of high quality green Chinese tea.

Tea grading is an imprecise system with no global standardization and no oversight. It uses old-fashioned and uses vague categorizations that can be confusing to outsiders and insiders alike.

So why bother learning it? Despite it’s annoying inconsistencies, it’s used across the industry by growers and producers. Knowing this language will give you some common ground when the acronyms and names start flying.  It’s also useful if you’re buying teas online for blending.

We’ll have some fun, learn some weird tea terms, get a frame of reference for how tea grading works, and learn a bit about tea history. Grab a cup of your favourite tea and let’s get to it!

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Tea U.S.A.

6 Great Places to Drink Tea in Portland, Oregon

Although Portland is known as a popular pilgrimage place for coffee enthusiasts, this weird, Bigfoot and alien-loving, farm-to-table, artisan-friendly, rose-growing paradise also houses some very fine tea establishments.
The City’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Portland Weird,” and although I didn’t experience any Bigfoot sightings while I was here, I did have an unusual amount of great tea in Portland.

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How to Become a Certified Tea Sommelier

Tea sommeliers are the new wine sommeliers. Tea sommelier classes and certification programs are popping up all over the globe as tea drinking enjoys a surge in popularity. Some love tea as a healthy alternative to juice or pop, some love the irresistible dessert blends from David’s Tea.  A tea sommelier is someone whose exper-‘teas’ lies in, you guessed it, tea! Here’s how I became a certified tea sommelier with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, and how you can too.

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