ADV.12 Formulating Delicious Blends
PLEASE NOTE: ADV.02 Understanding the Organoleptic Experience is a pre-requisite for this class. You must have taken ADV.02 before you can register for this class.
In this course, you will use your knowledge of your flavor system, coupled with an understanding of the chemistry of teas, herbs, spices, fruits, and flowers, to create delicious blends, and explore how blends can fit into lifestyles and life experiences. The course author is Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD. Click here to read her bio.
Week 1: The art and science of flavors and blends:
- In week 1 we will ask:
- How do blends tell a story?
- How does our flavor system interact with blends to evoke feelings and create experiences?
- How does a blend enhance a base tea’s positive attributes and hide negative ones?
- Using the example of a classic flavored tea, Earl Grey, we will discuss how each element interacts with our flavor system, and why this flavored tea is so appreciated.
Week 2: Camellia sinensis blends:
- We will explore how sensations evoked by a tea blend could correspond to a season or event: why and how to blend for the seasons, using summer herbs and fruits for refreshing teas and winter spices and fruits for teas that are warming.
- Using the principles in Week 1, you will create, test, and critique blends using Camellia sinensis
- You will create a blend of your own using Camellia sinensis, then test and critique it, and provide a description of the blend using concepts and words that correspond to your aims in creating the blend.
Week 3: Rooibos and Rhodiola rosea blends:
- We will discuss how different tisane bases such as rooibos and Rhodiola rosea can be used to create blends.
- We will discuss new trends in blends, including new uses for both tisanes and Camellia sinensis teas
- Using the principles from Week 1, you will create and test blends using Rooibos and Rhodiola rosea.
- You will create a blend of your own with either a Camellia sinensis or a tisane base, then test, and critique it, and provide a description of the blend and how it can be used.
Class Length: 3 weeks
Shipped Class Materials: Teas and Easy Pour Brewer for the course. Please note: All supplies for all classes are shipped out once a month after registration has closed. Your materials will arrive about 7 to 10 days after your class starts. They are not needed for assignments in the first week of class
Student will need to provide: You will need a total of two cupping sets, scale, thermometer, and timer to do the assignments.
Please note: Due to strict regulations and enforcement policies by Mexican customs officials, we are unable to ship packages to addresses in Mexico.
- Welcome to Your Class
- Course Author Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD
- Week 1 Overview
- What is Delicious?
- The Tea Experience And What it Means
- Individual Experiences in Tea
- How We Experience Flavor
- Earl Grey
- Assignment 1.1
- For Discussions
- Week 2 Overview
- Teas and Flavor Systems
- Fruit, Herbs and Spices that go with Green, Oolong and Black Teas
- Assignment 2.1
- Assignment 2.2
- Assignment 2.3
- For Discussions
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Assignment 3.1
- Assignment 3.2
- Assignment 3.3
- For Discussions
ADV.02 Understanding the organoleptic experience
We offer this class in January, May, and September in 2020.
See schedule for registration and start dates.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I learnt new things about flavour combinations and the science behind them. Initially I felt the content was a little scant but then, of course, I realised the biggest part of learning is having a go yourself with the learning tools you have been given. Thank you - a great course. I would certainly recommend it.
DorothyFeb 01, 2020
This course challenged me. I have finished the course but I'm now enticed to study the subject even more - probably for the rest of my life! A great start to the art of blending.
LoriAug 19, 2019
Helps not only in formulating blends, but in pairing tea with foods. I think it would have beneficial for me if I had first taken ADV.11--Blending, Flavoring, Scenting.
CynthiaAug 27, 2018