INDIAN TEA MASTERCLASS
Price: £495 (+ £25 for international postage)
10 hours teaching over 4 live webinars with Jane Pettigrew.
Includes delivery of 25 fine teas, a digital certificate, and one credit towards our Level 3 Tea Master qualification.
INDIAN TEA MASTERCLASS
10 hours teaching over 4 live webinars with UKTA Founder and Director of Studies, Jane Pettigrew.
In this masterclass, we will learn about the history of the Indian tea industry, and explore teas from lesser known regions. We push beyond Assam and Darjeeling, discovering and tasting teas from Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, Terai, Bihar, Sikkim, Kangra, Kumaon, and the areas surrounding the Nilgiri Hills. Think India is only famous for its black teas? We will also taste artisan and small-batch made greens, oolongs and whites.
25 carefully selected fine teas are included in your course price and will be mailed to you before the course begins.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This course is ideal for anyone interested in discovering, or furthering their knowledge of, Indian Tea.
Completion of this masterclass will count as one credit towards our Level 3 Tea Master qualification.
Our online masterclasses are open to anyone. If you are working towards a final Level Three qualification but you have not yet achieved your Level Two Tea Sommelier qualification, you will still receive a credit towards the Masterclass qualification.
WHAT DOES IT COVER?
Webinar 1: An Introduction to Indian Tea: This one-hour opening webinar will introduce in detail the history and background of the Indian Tea Industry and will include an edited video interview with a key industry personality who will give an overview of the industry today.
Webinar 2, Northeast India: Since the first plants were cultivated commercially in Assam, that is where our studies begin. And because several other areas surrounding the Assam Valley are today also producing tea, we will discuss and taste teas from Arunachal Pradesh to the north of Assam; from Nagaland to the southeast; Meghalaya to the south; Tripura even further to the south, Terai which runs along the southern border of Nepal, and Bihar, also to the south of Nepal. We will taste some black orthodox and CTC teas, a handmade black, a green and a white tea.
Webinar 3, Darjeeling and Northwest India: Webinar 3 takes us to Darjeeling to talk about some of the region’s less traditional teas that we have not yet tasted in the Tea Sommelier course (oolong, white, green and ‘moonlight’ tea). And we will visit Sikkim the small kingdom tucked in between Darjeeling and Bhutan where Temi Tea Garden still dominates but other producers also now make some excellent teas. We will then travel up into the foothills of the Himalayas to the west of Darjeeling to learn about Kangra, once a major tea producing area, abandoned when an earthquake devastated the area in 1905, but now back on track and making some very good teas. We’ll also go to Kumaon to find out about the work of Young Mountain Tea with growers there and to taste the white tea and the black tea that the company markets in the US.
Webinar 4, Southern India: Webinar 4 focuses on India’s southern Nilgiri Hills and we’ll taste some black teas from the different regions (Anamallais, Wayanad, etc) that produce teas with slightly different flavour profiles. And we’ll taste a 2nd Flush SFTGFOP1 black tea from Thiashola, the oldest of the Nilgiri Tea gardens dating back to 1859, 2 white teas from different gardens, and some of the teas made at Tea Studio, the recently established boutique factory near Coonoor, that is run by an all-women team and produces excellent small-batch speciality teas.
WHAT WILL I NEED?
1. Your computer to access the webinars via Zoom and online resources.
2. Kettle, filtered water, and some necessary teaware items
For brewing the 25 teas, you will need some teaware items. A list of recommended equipment will be sent upon booking, to help you prepare for the course.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
During her 38 years working in the world of tea, Jane has visited the different tea regions of India many times and has friends in the various regions. She has seen how the industry has struggled and changed over the years because of climate change, political unrest, shifts in demographics, the sale of tea land as real estate and so much more, and she will pass on her experience and knowledge during the class.
If you wish to continue studying to become a Tea Master, you will need to take further courses at this level and you must have already completed both Level One and Level Two before the final qualification can be awarded.