Peter Ting Tasting Set
Peter Ting is a London based designer, famous for his award-winning work in the world of luxury ceramics.
Much of his work is in fine porcelain for the collectors market. Currently the Creative Director for LEGLE, Limoges in France his vast portfolio of work from the last 20 years includes work for Royal Crown Derby and Asprey among many others, and state gifts for Queen Elizabeth and The Prince of Wales. His work can be found in many museum catalogues including Victoria and Albert Museum, London UK, and Museum of Art and Design, New York USA.
In 2012 Ting launched a set of 3 tea tasting cups. The varied shapes of the three pieces highlight the importance of cup shape, playing with the subtle dynamics of liquor delivery to the mouth, the channeling of aromatic vapors and heat retention. Thus the same tea tasted in the 3 different cups will give a different sensorial experience.
When I met Peter, he presented me with the same tea in the 3 different cups. As a taster I naturally slipped into analysis mode and slurped but he told me ‘sip don’t slurp’. The cup should do the work.
The ‘Fragrant’ cup:
The tulip form of this cup both encourages heat retention and channels the resulting evaporation of fragrant vapors directly to the nose. Ideal for the enjoyment of an aromatic bouquet.
The ‘Black’ cup:
This cup, not to be restricted to black tea, has deep vertical sides and slightly curved bottom. The wide top allows access to more subtle bouquets, while the straight sides deliver a full mouth for the full-bodied experience.
The ‘Green’ cup:
This cup also has a larger surface area for light bouquet but the liquor transfer from the curved lip enhances texture and controls mouth placement for the enjoyment of more subtly layered flavor profiles of any style of tea.
Personally I find the most rewarding use of the Ting Tasting Kit is to use the same tea in each of the cups to explore different aspects of the same flavor profile.
In Canada The Ting Tasting Set is exclusive to Camellia Sinensis.
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