In this activity, students learn about tea tasting and compare different types of tea by conducting sensory testing. The activity involves comparing the appearance, aroma and taste of four different types of tea.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • conduct a sensory assessment of tea
  • identify and describe the appearance and sensory qualities of the dried tea leaves and infused liquid of four different types of tea
  • record the results of their tasting and determine their tea preference.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student handout.

Useful links

A useful diagram showing the processing steps for the six main types of tea on Wikipedia

View this tea-tasting clip on YouTube to learn how to taste tea.

The Connoisseur’s Guide to Tasting Tea provides concise instructions and helpful suggestions for tasting tea.

Visit the Twinings website for guidance on describing appearance, aroma and taste attributes of tea, including a taste wheel.
http://twinings.co.uk/about-our-tea/how-to-taste-tea

Read about ‘terroir’ and its influence on tea taste and quality.

    Published 24 September 2013