Pairing tea and food is easier that you think. My best advice is to trust your palate.
Two common questions are:
1. Where should I start?
2. How do I proceed?
My answer is: Keep it as simple as 1, 2, 3!
- Taste the tea and find the primary note that stands out on your palate
- Find a matching note in the food you want to pair the tea with
- Taste both together and focus on what is happening on your palate
Sometimes it’s going to work out well at the first attempt or you may have to try other experiments until the perfect pairing is created.
Once you have acquired some experience and your skill has developedstart experimenting with notes that are more complimentary enhancing to each other. For example, try spicy food with Jasmine green tea, or goat cheese with Chinese green tea, or Chorizo sausage and smoked black tea…
There are infinite combinations to try. It is fun to develop your palate.