Life Style / Tea Glossary
Afternoon Tea: Refers to a British meal taken mid afternoon, comprising of sandwiches, scones,and pastries accompanied by tea. The 7th Duchess of Bed ford is believed to have started the tradional afternoo . . . View Full Definition
Agony Of The Leaves : expression describing the unfurling of rolled or twisted leaves during steeping
Anhui: one of the major black tea producing regions in China
Aroma: fragran flavor of brewed leaf, consisting of the essential oils of tea
Assam: Tea grown in the state of Assam, in India. These (generally black) teas are known for their strong, deep red infusions.
Astringency: the drying sensation in the mouth caused by teas high in unoxidized polyphenols.
Autumnal: Teas harvested in autumn. The term is typically associated with teas from India and Formosa.
Bakey: tea taster expression for overfired teas
Basket-Fired: Japanese tea that has been cured in baskets by firing or drying.
Bergamot: essential oil of the bergamot orange used to flavor a black tea base to make Earl Grey tea
Billy: Australian term referring to tin pot with wire handle to suspend over an open fire in which tea is boiled
Billy Tea: Tea made by Australian bushmen in billy cans.
Biscuity: tea taster's expression, often used with Assam teas that have been fired well but not overly so
Black: the most common form of tea worldwide. prepared from green tea leaves which have been allowed to oxidize, or ferment, to form a reddish brew.
Black Tea: Tea that has been fired or dried after the fermentation or Oxidation period of manufacture.
Blend: Tea taster who decides on the proportions of each different tea required to produce the flavor of a given blend.
Bloom: tea taster's term to describe sheen or lustre present to finished leaf
Body: tea taster's term to denote a full strength brew
Bold: large leaf cut tea
Bondemae: a form of tea ceremony where all the implements are carried in a bon, or tray
Brassy: unpleasant acidic bite from improperly withered tea
Break: auction term referring to a lot for sale, usually 18 chests or more.
Brick Tea: Common grades of Chinese and Japananes tea mixed with stalk and dust and molded into bricks under high pressure. Originally these bricks were used by Asian travelers as convenient way to tra . . . View Full Definition
Bright: denotes a bright red brew or light leaf, as opposed to a dull brown or black color.
Brisk: a tea high in astringency. Also a trademarked characteristic of Lipton tea.