Day three was the Tea Master Class, sponsored by the UK Tea Council. The class was held at the lovely Chesterfield Hotel. I wish I had a photo of the staff. The young guys "in uniform" - that is, tuxedos with tails and a red carnation, were very handsome!
The class was led by Jane Pettigrew and Tim Clifton. Jane has written over 12 books on tea and is known worldwide. Tim is a highly-trained tea taster and previously Chairman of one of London's leading tea brokers.
Jane Pettigrew and Tim Clifton
Stephanie with two classmates
Tea Tasting - Black Teas
The class covered the following topics:
- The history of tea in Britain
- What is Tea?
- Why all teas are different
- The manufacture of black, green, white, oolong, pu’erh and flavoured teas with samples and tastings
- Tea growing regions
- From the plantation to the cup
- Loose tea & tea bags - different types, advantages & disadvantages
- Perfect brewing
- Tea and health
Later in the day, we enjoyed a full afternoon tea (tea sandwiches, scones and desserts). This was truly a special treat because we were only expecting a cream tea (scones and tea).
Scones and Clotted Cream
We also met other tea professionals from around the world. It was a very international and mind-expanding day!