Gold Medal Tea Competition


Annual North American Tea Conference Gold Medal Tea Competition Rules

The competition will judge teas from the same origin against each other in order to award a “Gold Medal.” Teas will be judged by origin regardless of production type or grade.

The number of origins open for entrants is limitless and shall be decided solely by the submitter’s producer.

Any and ALL origins entered will be judged!

It is up to you, the participating producer, to decide what style of manufacture your entry should be; we will not segregate these and will be judging purely on the “Best Cup per Origin” basis.

Entrance Samples and Fees:

Each submission is required to be submitted to the address below by August 25th 2017 and must be accompanied by the registration fee of $250 US Dollar per application and initial sample. Additional samples will be $50 US Dollar/per sample- additional charge.

Payable to:

Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc.

362 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10001

Attn: Gold Medal Tea Competition

Tel: 212-986-9415


Wire Transfer Information:

Bank Name: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (802)

Bank Address: 349 5th Avenue

New York, New York 10016

Branch Name: Empire

Account Name: Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc.

Account Number: 111-007933

Routing Number: 021000021 (Domestic Wires)*



*Please note that the domestic routing number may serve as reference on an international wire.


Samples must be clearly marked (printed label) with the following:

“North American Tea Conference Tea Competition”




Estate Name:__________________________________________________


Date of Manufacture:___________________________________________

Invoice/Chop (optional):_________________________________________


*Your tea should be sent in 3 packs of 50g each, in order to facilitate any necessary prescreening*

In the event that more than a manageable # of entrants are received from any one Origin, a prescreening taste panel will be assembled prior to the conference, to determine and select Finalists.

We strongly advise that, that you take every precaution to ensure your samples arrive in a timely manner.

Judges Panel:

The panel will comprise of 5 tasters, chosen from our Membership experts.


Sample preparation:

All samples will be prepared using the Standard Tasting Method in the Industry: 5g tea brewed in 300ml (10.5oz) water.


Characteristics judged:

Leaf: Dry leaf style and quality vs. depiction of the grade as displayed on the sample packet. An example would be a well-made and graded black CTC PF1 might score higher than an FBOP of poor make and some stalk.

Infused Leaf: Brightness (where appropriate), evenness and aroma

Liquor: Flavor, appropriate mouth feel, Balance and thickness and overall impact and quality.

Where appropriate; teas will be tasted with or without milk, depending on the style of tea offered.

Characteristics will be scored from 1-10 with 10 being the highest. The combined scores will determine the winner.

If more than one tea ties the top score, an independent judge (not used on the category) shall determine the order of merit.

Deadline for Submission is August 25th, 2017.