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The Arbor Teas Blog

Tea Term of the Month: "Mixed-Grading"

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Refers to a characteristic of certain loose leaf teas which are intentionally composed of a variety of particle sizes, or "grades," unlike most orthodox teas where uniformity of leaf size is a priority. Mixed grading is a trait that is fairly exclusive to Japanese green teas. The combination of large and small tea leaves and leaf fragments results in a heartier infusion, with more body and somewhat greater bitterness, which is preferred by many Japanese tea drinkers. To get a really authentic example of a Japanese green tea with mixed grading, give our organic Sencha Green Tea a try today!