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Tea Journaling

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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.
But what to journal about? If you are using it to notate whether you liked a tea or not, it's kind of pointless. You could just make a list for that. In order to get the most out of your journal, you need to provide so much more information. In my journal, I am attempting to jog my memory of the actual smell and taste of a particular tea. When journaling, I include the following information:
  • 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?
You get the idea! You don't have to be as detailed as I am, but you definitely want to jot down your idea of the tea while it is fresh in your mind, to create that sense of having a cup in front of you, days or months after you've sipped that last drop! Do you journal about tea? What am I missing that you include in your notes? How do you keep track? Is there an app for that?

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