The Scents of Tea

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The scents have been carefully curated and are the actual aromatic chemicals found in teas.  Each scent will be listed with the:

  • common name (peach) 
  • associated chemical (Delta-decalactone)
  • tea process most responsible for the development of the aroma (rolling)
  • category of aroma (stone fruit)
  • tea type(s) most commonly found (green and oolong)


The guidebook was written to be more than just a guide to the scents in the kit, but to also be a resource to understand the development of scents in tea.  The book covers:

  • how tea leaves produce scents
  • tea scents and terroir
  • tea production steps
  • identification of tea scents
  • how to use the kits
  • scents from plucking
  • scents from withering
  • scents from rolling
  • scents from firing
  • scents from baking
  • scents from aging


Each scent is highlighted on a flashcard to help you learn them quickly and effectively. This allows you to concentrate on a specific set of scents. You can use the cards to sort the scents into countless groupings. Some of the ways that might be of interest include: tea type, tea process, category, etc. Each card shows:

  • visual image to denote scent
  • common name
  • associated chemical 
  • tea process most responsible for the development of the scent 
  • category of scent 
  • in which tea type(s) they are most commonly found

The back side of the flashcard is designed to help keep track of the training and mastery of each scent. 

Tea Scent Fan™

Gone are the days of the tea aroma wheel.  Introducing the Tea Scent Fan™ .  The fan shape is used to easily visualize the scents developed through the production process: plucking, withering, rolling, firing, baking and aging. The fan shape also groups the scents by category, identifies the common name, and visually shows in which teas the scent is most commonly found. 


More Than Just a Training Tool

These scent kits can be used for more than just a training tool to become a better cupper. We have developed a simple game that you can enjoy with friends and family or by yourself. A fun game to play with those who enjoy tea, coffee, wine, bourbon/scotch, cooking, etc. The game can be played with 2 or more people, and is perfect for 4 people or 3 teams of 2. 


  • 3 and 1 minute timer(s)
  • Notepads
  • Pens
  • Scent Vials
  • Flashcards


  • Play individually or in teams of two.
  • Each team picks 5 random flavors and matching flashcards from the kit.
  • Each team has 3 minutes to study and smell the scents.
  • When the 3 minutes are up, pass the entire set to the next team. Continue this until each team has had 3 minutes with each set being played.
  • Return all flashcards to the deck.
  • Each team now has 1 minute to correctly identify the common name to each number in the set.  Continue this until each team has had 1 minute with each set being played. 
  • Score 1 point for each correct answer and 3 points for each correct set.
  • Score 2 bonus points for each scent in the set that you chose that the other team(s) did not guess right and 5 bonus points if the other team(s) did not get any scent correct.
  • The team with the most points wins the round. After 3 rounds the team with the most points wins the game. 


To make the game harder, choose one or more of the below options:

  • Increase the number of scents per set  to 10 (depending on the number of teams).
  • Must identify chemical name.
  • Must identify common name and chemical name.
  • Must identify common name and tea process.
  • Must identify common name and a tea with that scent.

To make the game easier choose one or more of the below options;

  • Write down all scents in play that have been chosen by all teams. Then during the 1 minute identification,  write down the number that matches the scent. Great options for younger players. 
  • Reduce the number of scents per set to 3. 



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