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One of the standards of the professional tea world, get your very own set for accurate tea tasting!
Despite its unusual shape, this minimal set provides every feature one might need for tea tasting while staying straightforward to use: A mug-shaped infuser with lid and strainer is suitable for every type of tea and filters all but the narrowest leaves. A wide cup holds the entire infusion, then the spoon allows the tea to be slurped by one person or distributed to individual tasting cups.
The mug works both as a Western-style teapot as well as a Chinese-style gaiwan, allowing both types of infusion according to the proportion of leaves, and multiple sets can be used side-by-side for comparison of different teas, batches, or brewing styles. It's a must-have for tea geeks and tea tasting hosts.
How to use the taster set
For a single infusion (for example at breakfast) use 1.6 grams of leaves and follow the steeping instructions under "In the teapot" at the bottom of each of our tea product pages.
For gongfu cha style, we advise using 4 grams of leaves for every kind of tea except Chinese green teas, for which we instead recommend 2 grams.
The following procedure can be easily adapted to Western and Chinese approaches as well as to tea tastings for a group or alone.
During a tea tasting, don't forget to smell both dry and steeped leaves. The leaves can even be displayed on the back side of the lid, placed upside down upon the infuser.