303. Black Tea Connoisseur


Course Arrangement:

  1. History, culture, vocabularies, characteristics and processing skills;
  2. Black tea cupping method and grading;
  3. Black tea cultivar comparison: Assamica vs. Sinensis;
  4. Chinese Black tea region recognition;
  5. British Black tea region recognition;
  6. Black tea processing steps and their impact on the quality I;
  7. Black tea processing steps and their impact on the quality II;
  8. Exam, presentation and tea gathering.


101. Tea Basics


8 weeks


Nov. 2019-Mar. 2020


Once the order is completed, you will get an email with dates and time for you to pick.

We will facilitate and arrange the schedules to suit our students in the same class.


303. Black Tea Connoisseur

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Did you know:

  • Lapsang Souchong from Fujian Province of China is the very first Black tea all over the world;
  • Black tea can be made from Assamica (big-leaf ) and Sinensis (small-leaf) varieties. Most Chinese Black teas are made of small-leaf varieties, the only exception is Yunnan Black Tea (also known as “Dian Hong”);
  • The Chinese Black teas are often appreciated without milk, honey or sugar.
  • Over 70% of the world tea consumption is Black tea, out of which the Chinese Black teas only accounts for a very small portion.

This course is designed for Black tea enthusiasts who want to know more about numerous Black teas from China. It combines the sophisticated skills, tea material from the unique terroir.  One will be amazed by the abundant tea types and fascinated by the variation in aroma, taste and body sensation.

This course contains 24 hours of study which are divided into 8 sessions (3 hours/session). A total of 35+ premium tea samples will be tasted during the sessions.  Please refer to “Addition Information” for the Exam requirement and the Locations.

Additional information


24 hours (3 hours * 8 weeks)


201-Brewing Master


Blind Cupping, Case study / Presentation, Written Exam

Course Capacity

Small class (2-6 people)

Course Facilities

Course Handout, Tea Samples


MING Tea Classroom (Burlington)


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