The previous article about my Organic First Flush Darjeeling had lots of information about this incredible tea. It was a bit more on the serious side, so I thought I'd lighten things up in this article.
I will freely admit that I've officially morphed into a tea geek. I never aspired to this; it just happened...and I'm so glad it did. I realized I know a lot about tea and tea terms that most people don't — as I should, owning a tea store, right? I thought I'd share some of them so you can join me and claim the desirable and fashionable label of tea geek too.
- Assam: A black tea grown in the Northeast section of India.
- Bakey: An unpleasant taste when teas have been subjected to higher than desirable temperatures during processing. Think overcooked.
- Biscuity: I like biscuits, don't you? This is a desirable trait, usually referring to a great-tasting Assam.
- Blend: A mixture of teas from several different regions or countries that are combined to create a particular flavor profile.
- Body: This describes a tea's fullness and strength when tasted.
- Broken Orange Pekoe: A common tea name (BOP for short) referring to the size of the tea leaf comprising the smaller leaves and tips.
- Dust: A term used to describe the smallest particles of tea leaf. These are not good to drink.
- Earthy: An unfavorable characteristic caused by storing tea under damp conditions.
- Estate: A term used to describe a garden or plantation where tea is grown.
- Fannings: A small size of tea leaf, larger than dust but smaller than BOP. These can be used in commercial tea bags.
- Fermentation: This term is used to describe the natural chemical process that takes place in the tea leaf after withering and rolling.
- Flowery Orange Pekoe: A leaf size larger and usually more open than an Orange Pekoe (OP) grade. The common nickname is FOP.
- Golden Tip: This occurs when the tea leaf buds turn golden during processing.
- Gunpowder: Nope, this has nothing to do with firearms but is a type of Green tea, which has been rolled into pellets.
- Muddy: If your tea is dull or lifeless, it's muddy.
- Nose: This term refers to the aroma of tea you can smell.
- Orange Pekoe: Is used to identify a large leaf size and is given the nickname OP.
- Organoleptic: A fancy word for tea tasters to evaluate the quality of a tea using all their senses.
- Sencha: The most common green tea in Japan. Sencha tea leaves are first steamed and then flattened.
- Standing up: A tea that holds its original color and flavor is described as stand up.
- Tannin: The type of chemicals found in tea that are thought to be responsible for a tea's health benefits. They contribute heavily to the taste and pungent characteristics of tea.
- Tisane: Another name that describes an herbal infusion.
- Well twisted: A tea leaf tightly rolled or twisted, indicating good withering.
I could go on and on with all kinds of fun tea names and terms. I hope you've enjoyed learning some of these terms and will join me in the proud club of tea geeks.