Black Teas

Level III: Professional Series : Black Teas

This intensive two-day course is devoted to black teas from three of the five traditional countries of origin: China, India and Sri Lanka. The tremendous diversity in flavor and style - spanning centuries of craft and thousands of miles of geography and terroir - will be explored through the evaluation of at least two dozen teas. As with all Level 3 courses, some basic science of what is happening inside the leaf to make these teas unique will be covered. Orthodox and CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl) teas will both be cupped for comparison. The course focus is on important classic standards and discussion on what defines "quality" tea of these types for the U.S. market and abroad.

Level III: Professional Series : Black Teas Class Schedule


Day One
8 – 8:15am: Introductions and Orientation
8:15 – 9:30am: Section 1: Overview of Black Teas
Section 2: Black Teas of India
9:30 – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 11:30pm: Section 3: Black Teas of India
11:30 to 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30 to 3:00pm: Section 4 – Black Teas of Sri Lanka
3:00 – 3:30pm: Break
3:30 –5:00pm: Section 5 – Black Teas of Sri Lanka

Day Two
8 – 8:15am: Introductions and Orientation
8:15 – 9:30am: Section 1: Black Teas of China
9:30 – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 11:30pm: Section 2: Black Teas of China
11:30 to 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30 to 3:00pm: Section 3 – Black Teas of China
3:00 – 3:30pm: Break
3:30 –5:00pm: Section 4 – Review and Test


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