Tea lovers are there all around the world. Research states that it is the 2nd most preferred beverage after water. Understanding the “Art of Tea” is an age-old tradition that has been encouraged. With brand new knowledge and innovation, we are still exploring Tea limitlessly each day.
When asked, “Why do you drink tea?” any tea lover would instantly ask why should I not drink tea? The drink is so rich in general. It has innumerable numbers of health benefits and also has a soothing flavour enough to make you want to sip on it every day. With the exclusive range of exotic tea flavours like Assam tea, Darjeeling tea, Green tea, flavour-infused teas, It is impossible not to fall in love with the drink.
Talking about the various flavours of tea. There are different factors that affect these flavours– soil, sunlight, precipitation, temperature, height. These elements are referred to as ‘terroir’ and play a vital role in bringing out the best version of the tea flavours.
One cannot say that either of these elements is more prominent than the others, but then getting to know the impact of each of these factors individually would help in attaining the ideal tea mixture. With this thought, read on to understand how altitude can make tea leaves a lot more appealing to people, both in appearance and in taste.
Tea plantations are mostly found only in high altitude regions. Tea Education programs have shown that the greater the altitude the tea is planted at, the more complex yet rich the flavours become. When humans are at high heights, we struggle to survive. Our breathing becomes much superficial and we tend to slow down in general. The tea leaves react in the same way – its growth also reduces and it struggles to survive through. That exertion is what creates complexity. Exactly like us. Just like how each and every one of us has our own story. Our individual struggle, we go on and we survive. And we all come out as survivors in one way or the other.
The next time you chill with a cup of tea, think of the struggle that tea leaf must have undergone through to produce that delicious flavour in your cup. And while you are at it, do make it a point to think of that one person who has tested your patience that day, drove you mad, and bothered your mood. And then you probably would realize that they have a story too, a complex story with struggles…you just don’t know their story.
Tasting tea is an integral part of the tea industry because it is only by tea tasting that the quality parameters of the made tea can be analyzed. It is so important that there are dedicated tea academies providing various related courses on tea tasting. Through tea tasting, defects in the liquor properties of made tea and infusion are detected and it serves as anatomy for root cause analysis and paves the way for improvement. Apart from being a diagnostic tool for studying different characteristics of tea, it also assists in price fixation depending on the status of tea plucked. Hence, it is obligatory on the part of every tea plantation executives, may it be Managers / Deputy Managers / Assistant Managers/ Factory Assistants / Directors, to have a good understanding about the right method of tea tasting and acquire knowledge about globally accepted Tea tasting terminologies.
At Tea education centres, one gets the opportunity to have the following experiences:
-Have a detailed knowledge of tea and its history, processing techniques and preparation.
-Be able to converse easily with anyone on the subject of tea and make suggestions based on their needs in a friendly and easy manner.
-Have the skill to design an extensive tea menu for retail or any food service environment.
-Understand and apply the principles behind tea preparations.
-Understand and verbalize the tasting notes associated with different teas.
ASIAN SCHOOL OF TEA is one of the top tea sommelier certification centres in India. We offer a variety of training courses for individuals willing to gain knowledge about tea. We are based in Kolkata, India which is very close to Darjeeling and Assam, the two prime tea growing regions of India.
The tea sommelier program at the Asian school of tea is a course designed to specialize in the area of sensory analysis for people who have no technical or cultural knowledge about tea. It includes classroom training to cover multiple topics on tea starting from the basics of tea cultivation to tea processing, blending, brewing and various other aspects related to tea.
It also includes a visit to the tea plantations for a real-time demonstration of tea cultivation, organic farming, biodynamic methods of agriculture, plucking, processing and quality control measures.
For more details regarding the various tea education programs available at the Asian School of Tea, visit us at www.asianschooloftea.org