Ask The Tea Wizard
So Many Teas! Which Ones Will You Like?
People coming to my tea shop are always amazed by all the Chinese teas they have never heard of before. As they walk around the shop checking out our oolong teas, puerh teas (or pu-erh teas), and white teas (to name a few!) they ask “What does this one taste like?” or “What does that one taste like?”.
To help, I developed four simple questions which may help you find a new treasure on your next tea expedition:
Do you like tea that is strong and full-bodied or light, subtle, and elegant?
Do you like tea that is calming or tea that gives you energy?
Do you prefer a taste that is fresh and new or aged and mellow (as in wine or cheese)?
Which tones and notes do you like? (Sweet, Nutty, Grassy, Fruity, Woody, Spicy, Honey, Earthy, Floral, Buttery, Smokey, Roasted, Herb, or Chocolate)
Describing taste is a difficult skill to learn but this quick approach has helped many people find new teas that they really like. Many people return again and again to buy “their” tea and try new ones.
So we built an online version for everyone called The Tea Wizard that tells you all the teas that suit your taste with a few clicks.
There is also a great book called “The Tea Drinkers Handbook” by Delmas, Minet, and Barbaste (Abbeville Press) which will amaze you with the hundreds of terms that professional tasters use to describe aromas, flavours, and textures.