Tea taster is a specialised professional in the tea industry. Tea tasting is an art as rarefied as whisky blending or wine connoisseur ship, but even the humblest supermarket teabag is the result of hours of expert sipping, grading and blending.
The tea taster needs to have his or her taste buds alive to understand and differentiate the contents of taste giving alkaloids in the tea samples. His olfactory nerves should active to identify the kind of fragrances that are released by the tea samples in question.
In order to become a tea taster, one should primarily know about the cultivation and manufacturing processes in a tea plantation. He should know all about tea kinds, varieties, and grades and again the characters of the resulting liquors. He should sacrifice certain habits and abstain from smoking, alcohol, tasting strong spicy food.
The job of a tea taster is one among the most gifted careers in the world today. Tea tasting is totally an art, but needs the support of science to upgrade it to a career in the modern tea industry. A tea taster needs to have a cultural and commercial awareness as well a strong planning, organizational and analytical skills. Above all, they must be passionate about the role, have a desire to travel the world and, of course, a love of tea.
In rooms resembling science labs, tasters move along several dozen tea samples, slurping the liquid from a spoon to ensure it hits all the taste buds at high speed, then expelling it into a wheeled spittoon. The tea taster is said to gain knowledge by sipping and tasting a number of cups of raw tea made out of tea samples. "Tea Taster," using a special and exact spoon, sucks the tea with a sound. This slurping sound is caused by the tea being taken into the mouth at the exact speed of 125 miles per hour. At this speed, the tea explodes at the back of the palate, forming minute mist particles. These particles help the tea taster to tell a story about the tea in volumes. The tea is then expectorated into a pan and the tea taster turns to begin with another cup of tea.
The senior tea taster Mr. Ranga De Silva at Basilur tea with nearly twenty years of experience is supported by two other managers with over 15 years’ experience in the tea trade. This team also work tirelessly with Chairman on all the R&D work for all the tea and herbal blends that Basilur tea introduces to the market. Our tea tasters go through over 15,000 different tea samples every week to identify what is best for Basilur tea blends or brands the company export.