This gift set is for those tea drinkers looking to explore the nuances of premium loose-leaf tea with precision and convenience.
We chose three of the rarest teas from our Reserve Line, including the Nilgiri Black Pearl, a pearl-shaped black tea with fruity notes of dried cherry, Nepali Shangri La Oolong, a twisted leaf oolong marked by flavors of tart raspberry and toasted walnuts, and Nilgiri Platinum Needles, crafted from only the terminal bud of the tea plant, and by far our most difficult tea to keep in stock due to the narrow window in which it can be made. Each one of these teas has a multitude of flavors that are best explored by varying steep times to find the preferred balance of water temperature, leaf, and time to suit the tea drinker’s taste buds.
To ensure you have what you need to fully explore each tea, we’ve turned to the classic cupping set. The iconic tool of tea tasters around the world, cupping sets are designed to be simple, effective, and easy to use. No infusers, no frills, just a well-placed set of teeth drilled into a ceramic steeping mug with a tight lid that pours perfectly into a 5 oz. (150 mL) cup. And since tea tasters often have to cup dozens of lots of fresh teas each day, these sets are also made to be incredibly easy to clean.
We first learnt about cupping sets when visiting with tasting rooms of tea brokers in Kolkata. It’s the only way the professionals there taste tea when looking for nuances in each sample and each lot. We found that we enjoyed the experience so much, we wanted to drink from them at home too!
We started using cupping sets to elevate our tea drinking from a habit into a professional skill, and found that we enjoyed it so much, we wanted to drink from them at home.
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