This intensive two-day course is devoted to black teas from three of the five traditional countries of origin: China, India and Sri Lanka. The tremendous diversity in flavor and style - spanning centuries of craft and thousands of miles of geography and terroir - will be explored through the evaluation of at least two dozen teas. As with all Level 3 courses, some basic science of what is happening inside the leaf to make these teas unique will be covered. Orthodox and CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl) teas will both be cupped for comparison. The course focus is on important classic standards and discussion on what defines "quality" tea of these types for the U.S. market and abroad.