Japanese Tea Experience 3 ~ Making your own tea blend ~
She brought organic herbs and spices from the US for this workshop. We had 5 Japanese tea leaves and 14 herbs and spices. After brief introduction of them, we started blending tea leaves and herbs for the tea competition at the end of the workshop.
I personally wanted to create rather sweet tea which makes people relax and feel easy to drink. Therefore, I mixed “Black been tea” and “Cinnamon”, the former has little taste but slight sweetness and the latter has sweet scent.
However, I had some feedback from Haruna-san and Jojo that it had little impact or impression. Therefore, I added some “Chamomile” for a change, but still it lacked something. It was 30 seconds before competition I heard from Liz that “buckwheat” adds sweetness to tea. I added a pinch of it and submitted.
It takes just a few minutes to create your own unique tea.
I thought it’d be so memorable if you create one for someone special to you. What about creating one and only tea on earth imaging that person? (Of course it is great idea to produce new tea for yourself!
Haruna-san, thank you very much for setting up the class including preparation of all herbs, spices and tea leaves. We also thank all the guests who participated for making the workshop more enjoyable!
(Written by Takafumi Shikado)