How to learn about tea without being a tea master

You don't need to be a tea master to master the art of drinking good tea
Drink lots of different teas and you learn all about it!

For a nation of tea lovers, I am really shocked that most of us only drink one type and almost always the same brand!! Tea comes from only 2 plants – camellia sinensis and camellia assamica and it’s the processing of these that gives you a wide choice of black, white, green, yellow, etc.

Within black tea itself there are so many varieties; smoked, aged and of course the most popular; blended.  Most of your breakfast and afternoon teas are likely to have teas from 2 or 3 continents. Green tea maybe steamed, pan roasted or smoked.

Yet most of us stick to type and a brand that our parents or grandparents introduced us to.  It’s become custom and a habit; the same type of coffee or ice cream or – tea. 

Do you find yourself putting tea on your shopping list and when you are at the supermarket you pick up the same brand and pop it into your trolley?  A habit that even the algorithm of your favourite online shop has figured out and reminds you that you may want to purchase the same tea again?

You try new cheeses, wines or even a new colour for an outfit so why not tea?

Add a new cheese to your cheese board?  A new wine to your collection?  Try a new tea as well
Why stick to the same ole things? Buy a new tea flavour!

To learn about teas, you don’t need to open a book or attend a half day course to appreciate really good tea.  There are so many independent tea companies and the long established ones as well.  To expand your taste adventures, all you would have to do is buy a different tea when you next shop.

Some really good online tea shops sell samples at reasonable prices, this is a great way to try before you buy.

If you are an ardent black tea fan, try a single blend from Kenya or Assam, India.  For elevenses and your mid-afternoon tea why not try an Asian blend from Sri Lanka, China and India.  As you ease into the latter part of your day, buy a different green tea from your usual.

Teas from around the world
Teas from around the world in you cup

White and yellow teas are very delicate but so full complex flavours.  For those who love their tea with more punch, roasted or aged teas give you all that you want. 

If like me, you love teas have been blended, and then the range is unbelievably wide.  Here you can satisfy not just your taste in tea but for other flavours as well.

Infusions are the caffeine-free option; from chamomile to mint to rose or a combination!

Discover the diversity in tea at great music, book and food festivals all over the country.  This is a great way of tasting different teas and discovering some fantastic flavour combinations.

I have a confession to make; I don’t have a Masters in Tea.  I just have a huge love and passion for it.  I learnt and will continue to learn from drinking different teas and from talking and listening to people who grow it and from those who enjoy drinking it.

Honestly you don’t have to know everything about tea; you just need to taste as many as you possibly can.  

Tell me what new tea will you be buying next time?

Teas to inspire you
A good tea should make you stop and notice it.