Tea tastings open you up to experiencing and describing your cup of tea in a new way. The complexities of tea are endless; from the appearance of the leaves, the aroma, the liquor, to the flavor, it sometimes seems as though there are hardly enough words to describe the nuances you’re experiencing!
In a professional tea tasting setting, it is encouraged that you smell the leaves before and after steeping. Slurp your tea to draw it across your palate. Take note of how the flavor may alter or dissipate. What characteristics do notice first? How does the liquor feel on your tongue? Does the flavor linger? By noticing these traits, you will soon start to pick out characteristics and notes that appeal to you.