Tutored Tea Tasting: ‘English’ Teas

Learn about English Tea – tutored tea-tasting

This tutored tea-tasting workshop will clarify and demystify the popular beverage known English/British tea. We shall consider the concept of English tea in relation to those from China and Japan. These teas, that enjoy a revival today in England, shaped the early European tea-drinking customs in the early 18th Century.

This tutored tea tasting provides an opportunity to taste and examine at least twenty different teas. Caroline will take you through the typical China teas that arrived in the early days of English tea drinking. We then cover the British Empire teas cultivated in India, Ceylon and East Africa. To finish we taste present-day blends such as the English Breakfasts, Earl Greys. We shall also discuss the variations amongst the house blends that dominate the market today.

How to Brew a Good Cup of Tea

In this tutored tea tasting, Caroline will discuss the different processing methods (the most common being Black, Green and Oolong). In addition we shall examine and taste teas picked in different seasons. We shall experiment with water temperature, water quality and pH balance to see how these affect the tea infusions.

By the end of the Tutored Tea-Tasting class you will ….

  • understand the progression of the types of tea consumed over down the centuries in Great Britain.
  • be able to identify the difference in character of teas grown in China and India
  • be able to appreciate the varied results of different processing methods.
  • Realise the importance of the water quality and water temperature when brewing tea.
  • be more informed as to what to look for when buying for tea yourself.

Your Tutored Tea-Tasting Class includes:

Tutored Tea-Tasting, Course Notes and Tasting Sheets, Samples to take home and a Light Lunch. Running time approximately 3 hours.

This class is currently available on request for up to 8 people.

There is a minimum fee of £250 for up to three people. To check available dates please see the calendar page. To check prices for larger groups and confirm a date contact Caroline. It is possible to adapt this class to suit your requirements.

If you are interested in preparing food for an afternoon tea party please see other Workshops and Classes.

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