TAC TEA SOMMELIER®
To be eligible to take the final certification exam a student must have completed and passed all eight courses of the program.
The final TAC TEA SOMMELIER® certification exam is to be completed in 70 minutes and is made up of the following parts:
- Tea Preparation (30%): Prepare a serving of tea for your examiners – white, green, oolong, pu-erh or black (chosen by draw).Time: 10 minutesJudging will be based on: explanation of the tea selected, equipment used, method used for brewing and how the student interacts through dialogue with examiner
- Oral Presentation (10%): Answer a question posed by your examiners on any of the following 6 topics: tea regions, tea history, types of tea and processing methods, health of tea, tea preparation or menu suggestions (chosen by draw).Time: 10 minutesJudging will be based on: introduction, remaining on topic, clarity, engaging and interesting
- Multiple Choice Questions (30%): Answer 60 multiple choice questions.Time : 30 minutes
- Blind Tasting (30%): Examine a series of 10 teas and identify: style, type and country of origin (depending on country, what region).Time: 30 minutes*Judging will be based on: If the tea is a white tea the student must specify if it is White Silver Needle or Pai Mu Tan. If the tea is from India, is it from Assam, Darjeeling or Nilgiri. If the tea is green is it pan-fired or steamed and if it is an oolong is it light or long oxidized.*A tea will only be re-cupped if it runs out
Students must pass the blind cupping with a minimum of 75% AND an overall score of 75% to pass. If a student fails only one portion, they need to only re- take the failed portion.