Prepare to Vote for the People’s Tea Choice Awards

Winners Tasting Circle, World Tea Expo 2016

Don’t miss the Winners Tasting Circle on the World Tea Expo show floor. It showcases winning Global Tea Championship entries from the previous year. The Global Tea Championship (GTC) is an independent tea tasting competition in which tea experts taste dozens of teas to determine the best commercially available teas in terms of quality and taste.

During World Tea Expo, a People’s Tea Choice Award will be awarded to teas in several categories (listed below). Winners are chosen by the exhibitors and attendees of the World Tea Expo and the Global Tea Championship. Any tea company that has received a written invitation from the Global Tea Championship and has won a GTC event during the prior year is eligible to participate in the tasting circle.

Judging is open to anyone who has a World Tea Expo pass. One voting chip will be given to each person for each category. Everyone will have the chance to taste each tea and vote by placing their chips in the designated voting boxes. Majority votes determine the winning teas.

People’s Tea Choice Award Categories

 Tea Category Award
White–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot White Tea (2017)
Green–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot Green Tea (2017)
Oolong–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot Oolong Tea (2017)
Black–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot Black Tea (2017)
Pu-erh/Dark–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot Dark Tea (2017)
Herbal–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot Herbal Tea (2017)
Rooibos–Loose Hot Tea Best Hot Rooibos Tea (2017)
Ready to Drink (RTD) Iced Tea Best RTD (2017)
Bag in Box (BIB) Iced Tea Best Bag-in-Box (2017)
Foodservice, Commercially Brewed Iced Tea Best Foodservice Iced Tea (2017)
Instant Iced (liquid or powder) Iced Tea Best Instant Iced Tea (2017)
Single Cup Single Serve Best Single Cup Hot Tea (2017)
Bagged (tea bag, sachet, pyramid) Single Serve Best Bagged Hot Tea (2017)
Instant Hot (powder) Single Serve Best Instant Hot Tea (2017)

People’s Tea Choice Awards Voting

The following is a schedule of when each judging session will take place at World Tea Expo. The categories represented are those that received award entries.

Tuesday, June 13:

3:30-5 p.m. Best RTD 2017

Wednesday, June 14:

Noon-1:30 p.m. Best Hot Black Tea 2017

3-4:30 p.m. Best Hot Green Tea 2017

3-4:30 p.m. Best Hot Herbal 2017

3-4:30 p.m. Best Hot Pu-erh/Dark Tea 2017

3-4:30 p.m. Best Hot White 2017

Thursday, June 15:

1:30-3 p.m. Best Bagged Hot Tea 2017

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Best Foodservice Iced Tea 2017

The winners will not be announced until after World Tea Expo ends. Winning tea purveyors will receive formal announcements along with a digital, print ready seal logo that they can use for promotional purposes. The annual buyer’s guide, which will be published in October, will feature the winners.