5 Ways to Prepare Your Palate for a Tea Tasting

So, you’re going to try some new teas or you are going to a tea tasting event. How do you prepare your palate for this experience? Yes, you need to prepare or your time and effort (and the cost of the event) will be wasted. That delicate aroma, that initial flavor hit and lingering aftertaste, …

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Umami and Tea

Forget for the moment that it sounds like something from a playground joke (umami's so fat...). If you're like me, you probably weren't aware until relatively recently that umami is one of the five major taste types, along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. But it's nothing new, as a matter of fact, having been …

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6 Reasons Your Tea Tastes Different from the Vendor’s Description

Ever buy a tea based on the description on the vendor’s site only to have the flavor come out very different (and not in a good way) when you steeped it at home? Me, too. Same goes for tea review sites. There are about five main reasons I can think of that could account for …

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Spruce Up Old Tea with Essential Oils

I decided to take the opportunity to revisit my tea cupboard and whilst there were some teas that had kept well despite years of storage (one of which I had written about in a previous post), there were other teas that were not as fortunate. Having enjoyed a sample of Dragonwell green tea I went …

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Tea Tasting without Professional Equipment

Tea tasting pros have some specialized equipment. Photos show up online all the time of long rows of white tasting sets, making them the most well-known. Long have I been salivating (no, not literally!) over these photos showing “tasting set troops” lined up and ready for inspection (of the teas) and for steeping and tasting …

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On Tasting Tea

If you've ever had the misfortune to drink tea while you have a cold, you've probably discovered a simple truth: even the best tea in the world is no good unless you can taste it properly. Professional tea tasters use a strict set of procedures to make sure that they can do their job effectively, …

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Tea Taste-Killers

Wondering why your tea is tasting strange all of a sudden? Here are some common tea taste-killers along with suggestions for their elimination: 1. Your Palate: If your tea is suddenly tasting funny or "off," it may be that something is affecting your palate. Oftentimes this can be something as simple as toothpaste residue, mouthwash, …

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