Too many folks in the tea world play fast and loose with the term “tea master.” It seems the title is being adopted by anyone who feels they’ve studied or worked with tea for sufficient time – however arbitrarily long that may be, from years to weeks. To my mind, there are very few people deserving of this sobriquet. Nigel Melican of TeaCraft recently put it rather succinctly: “Tea Master” is perhaps a title that should only be awarded posthumously.
So I don’t use the word “master” lightly when I describe Noble Fleming.
Read the entire post at English Tea Store blog.