The competition at this year’s North American Tea Championships was fierce in every category as some of the biggest names in the tea industry submitted some of the very best teas available for review.
Teas to be reviewed are first separated out by category and then submitted to rigorous analysis by a judging panel of professional cuppers. Each submission is submitted to sensory testing of the dry tea, brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel, and overall brewed harmony. Judges affix a numerical rating out of 100 to each category and then use those scores to rank the submissions and determine the winners.
Aiya was among those to throw their hat into the ring in a number categories. When the dust settled, we are happy to be able to say that we took home two silvers and one bronze; our Premium Matcha and Matcha infused Genmaicha took home the silver in their respective competitions (Matchas and Genmaichas) and our Premium Gyokuro took home a bronze in the Steamed Green Tea Competition!
Everyone at Aiya is honored to have had the judges appreciate and grade our teas so highly. Our farmers have already begun training for to the 2014 tea championships!