I am often asked how I assess the quality of tea. This is one of many simple questions in the journey of tea which has many different answers. Every tea has its own quality markers and these can be fluid with many exceptions to the rules.
Fundamentally, the quality of a tea is a personal assessment and should be based on the sensorial enjoyment of the tea in front of us. But sometimes it is handy to have a few tips up your sleeve so that you can shortcut the necessity to taste lots of tea and instead narrow down your choices using educated guesses.
In this video I give you some of my thoughts on how to grade Bi Luo Chun (Green Coil). I picked this tea because it is one of those teas which has a huge variation in taste and can be a really disappointing tea unless you find the tip top stuff.