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Tea Term of the Month: “Brisk”

Greenwood Estate Ceylon Black Tea

Generally refers to any tea with a liquor that is fresh and lively, as opposed to a tea that is stale or flat-tasting.  Can also refer to a tea with relatively high astringency.  This term was first made popular by Sir Thomas Lipton in the 1890′s while advertising his garden-direct Ceylon teas. While all of our organic, loose leaf teas at www.ArborTeas.com are of the utmost freshness, and thus exhibit the aforementioned briskness, we encourage you to try our Greenwood Estate Ceylon Black Tea for a truly brisk tea experience!

February 16 2009 | Tea Terms | No Comments »

Tea Term of the Month: “Orange Pekoe”

Rembeng Estate Assam Black Tea

The basic term used in grading black tea is Orange Pekoe (pronounced PECK-oh), or OP. The OP designation simply indicates that the tea is a basic leaf grade, without any tips or other distinguishing characteristics.  The word “pekoe” is derived from the Chinese term”bai hao,” for white tip, a reference to the white downy hairs found on the buds of the tea plant. The word “orange” has nothing to do with orange flavor or scent, but may be a reference to the Dutch House of Orange, the Dutch royal family in the early days of the European tea trade.  In addition to the OP designation, additional letters are often assigned to describe the leaves’ various characteristics.  For instance, the grade of our Rembeng Estate Assam Black Tea is TGFOP, which stands for “tippy golden flowery orange pekoe.”  This indicates that the tea is a leaf grade with a generous proportion of tips.  It is worth noting that this grading scheme is generally reserved for Indian and Ceylon (Sri Lankan) black teas.

January 08 2009 | Tea Terms | No Comments »

Tea Term of the Month: “Congou”

Keemun Hao Ya B Black Tea

Refers generally to all leaf-grade black teas from Northern China, but specifically to those which have been particularly well-worked and tightly-twisted.  For an excellent example of Chinese black tea exhibiting good congou, check out our Keemun Hao Ya B Black Tea.

November 30 2008 | Tea Terms | No Comments »

Tea Term of the Month: “Tippy”

Golden Yunnan Black Tea

Generally reserved for describing black teas, the term “tippy” describes teas having a noticeable proportion of young tea leaf buds, which are lighter than the tea leaves themselves, often golden in color.  For an excellent example of a tippy tea, check out our Golden Yunnan Black Tea.

September 27 2008 | Tea Terms | No Comments »

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