Black & Green Tea 101

2 Green Teas & 2 Black Teas

Hold your own personal tea tasting at home or share the experience with a friend far away.

This sampler offers four teas and a guided tasting video based on the casual format of tea tastings held at Seven Cups tea house.


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Introducing the first in a series of guided tea tastings paired with tea samplers, designed to provide you a hands-on educational exploration. Learn how to discern the quality of loose-leaf tea by judging the appearance of its leaves and the taste and aroma of its infusion. This class includes a 30-minute instructional video as well as a sampler of the same four green and black teas used in the demonstration.

The continuation of a long Seven Cups tradition

A woman standing in a traditional Chinese teahouse, smiling and holding up two glass pitchers filled with green tea side by side.
Zhuping comparing two green teas in this first guided tasting.

Zhuping kept a weekly ritual for nearly 15 years: she hosted a tea tasting every Friday afternoon at our teahouse. Her ritual not only let her taste a lot of tea, it introduced her to new friends and taught her so much about how to introduce Chinese tea to people and help them explore their interest in it.

Zhuping is looking forward to starting this tradition up again as soon as possible. But during these months without her usual tea tastings, Zhuping got to thinking — why not offer a virtual tasting along with tea samples that’s designed to help people learn about different styles and different qualities of tea?

So she made just that.

Now you can bring the Seven Cups tea tasting experience home with you in a way that fits your schedule. You can even gift it to a friend.

Two hands each holding a small cup of dry green tea leaves, one light and one dark.
Comparing dry green tea leaves.

This sampler is designed as a comparative tasting of four teas, two green and two black, with the goal of introducing examples of high-end and every-day Chinese teas and how to look for quality in each. The samples are accompanied by a private link to a 30 minute video in the style of our Friday tea tastings where Zhuping explains what to look, smell, and taste for in each tea. It’s ideal for someone with a new interest in Chinese tea.

In the video, Zhuping will first tell you about the main differences in how high end and lower grade teas are produced and processed. Then she will guide you through brewing and tasting each of these teas side by side, providing tasting notes and pointing out differences as you go. You can follow along brewing your own tea as you watch. Check out the preview of the tutorial below.

For an idea of what a full-length class is like, you can also watch our free instructional video for the Longjing Graded Sampler.

The sampler that accompanies this class includes 10 grams (2 servings) each of four different teas for you to compare and contrast, for a total of 40 grams.

Teas included in Sampler:

  1. Ming Qian Anji Baicha (Early Harvest Anji) – High grade green tea
  2. Yun Wu (Clouds and Mist) – Lower grade green tea
  3. Qimen Caixia (Sunrise Keemun) – High grade black tea
  4. Breakfast Qimen (Breakfast Keemun) – Lower grade black tea