- posted 15 years ago
In my tea journey thus far I have heard time and again from various and sundry places that this person or that person is a tea master, or in at least one case a "tea sommeliere" (sp?). Now I think I know that there are Japanese schools with actual programs of study that teach one how to do the Japanese tea ceremony (and I think there's more than one, is that right?) but when it comes to other terms I wonder if there's any kind of standardization. I suppose it depends on the accrediting institution in the Western model but I'm not sure what it would depend on in the Chinese model. Does anyone have any knowledge in this area (i.e. who the main "Chinese tea masters" are, where they are actually located, whom they have taught outside China, etc.) If there is no lineage at the very least then I fear that anyone practically can call themselves a tea master once they know the basics of gung fu and then they use that as a marketing tool. When I hear someone claim to be a master and they're selling tea...I am cautious, which is OK, but I am curious what others think beyond that.