Connoisseur is a big, fancy French word. It's pronounced "Khan a ser."
How many of you know what it means?
And don't feel bad if you don't because I don't know how often it's used in everyday language these days.
It means someone with expert knowledge, especially in art, food, drink, or another subject, and qualified to judge and appreciate its quality. Connoisseurs usually have a keen interest in a specific topic and have studied it intensely, so they know a lot about it and can talk at length about the subject matter.
I've come across some fascinating people over the years who, I would say, are connoisseurs.
One of my favorite people is a wine connoisseur. She is actually a wine sommelier, yes, another fancy French word pronounced "some a lee ay," meaning she is a trained wine professional. When I have a wine question or want to know what wine would go well with a certain food, I call her.
Did you know there are also tea sommeliers?
Yep, it's a real thing. I've looked into getting certified but haven't found the time. It can take up to 2 years to complete the course, and the final test is a doozy. The final exam can consist of up to 12 teas that are unlabeled, so you don't know what they are. Your task is to brew and taste them and then tell the teacher what kind of tea it is. Pretty crazy, right?
Well, in the meantime, I'll continue to prepare and drink lots of tea.
I especially enjoy what I call my Connoisseur Teas.
I have 11 connoisseur teas comprising a wide range of different types of teas.
All of my Connoisseur Teas are outstanding. They are top-of-the-line, and their flavors are amazing. The leaves on some of them are quite unusual, too, and fun to look at.
So, if you want to increase your tea-tasting knowledge, you may want to give some of my Connoisseur Teas a try.
You can purchase them individually; I also have a Connoisseur Tea Gift Set that makes a lovely gift for you or someone who loves excellent tea.