By Naomi Rosen
I wouldn't say that I'm the J.K. Rowling of tea journaling, but it has definitely become a healthy habit for me over the past couple of years. If you have a wicked tea habit, I highly suggest that you journal. I get samples ALL. THE. TIME. Coupled with a terrible capacity to remember anything, there is no way I could keep track of every tea I've ever had. But I try to.
- I use the notes to remind myself of characteristics of a tea when I've got only enough for a pot or so.
- I use the notes to refer people to companies that carry something that I don't.
- I use the journal to keep track of teas that I want to offer on Joy's Teaspoon.
- I use the journal to compare tasting notes for teas that come from the same estates/regions.
- Name of tea
- Name of Company, Garden, Blender
- When it was harvested
- Details about the tea provided by the grower/blender (rolled, withering/oxidation times, how it was dried, etc.)
- Prep details (water temp, amount of tea, etc.)
- What the dry leaf looks like? Smells like?
- What the wet leaves look like? Smell like?
- Liquor color, smell, flavors (minty, stone fruit, smoky, malty, etc.)
- Do I like the tea? If yes, why? If no, why?