A tea guide - Would you like to describe loose leaf tea the way tea professional do?


A tea guide- Maybe you just want to understand what others are saying when talking about loose tea leaves.

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At times I had found it difficult to describe the essence of tea to others. I just couldn’t pull up the word to express what I tasted in the tea cup. Did the tea have body? What does body mean? How about vegetative, now that one you may know. It means a grassy taste. Here’s another one, how do you describe astringent? I needed a tea guide. It was time to educate myself on tea tasting terms.

Wine lovers who gather for a tasting also have unique words that describe their favorite beverage. It has a scent (aroma); it may give off a hint of spiciness, or be woody. Personally I can only smell alcohol, but I’m not much of a wine connoisseur. My love is loose leaf tea.

Facts about tea and terms that describe leaf teas

Here you will find the language of loose leaf teas. When someone describes a tea as bright you will know they mean the ability of the liquor to reflect light from the surface. If they say it is bold you will understand they are referring to heaviness, fullness and strength of the liquor on the tongue.

Tea guide and tea terms let’s begin

• Astringency - The pallet registers a dry, harshness or coarseness compared to a soft
mellowness. The natural polyphenols present in tea account for the puckering" sensation which in turn activate the salivary glands, giving tea its reputation as a thirst quencher.

• Bakey - Unpleasant taste usually caused by very high temperatures and driving out of too much moisture during firing.

• Body - The weight and quality of the tea on the tongue. The heaviness, fullness and
strength of the liquor on the tongue

• Brassy - Strong and bitter; caused by under withering of black tea.

• Bright – Having the ability to reflect light from its surface lively, fresh, and high quality.

• Brisk - Opposite of "flat"; pungent without being undesirably high in tannin content.

• Burnt - An off flavor caused by over firing.

• Character - A desirable quality which also permits detection of the origin of growth of
the tea.

• Chocolaty - A desirable flavor quality of fine Darjeelings.(A growing region in India)

• Coarse - Bitter or overly acid; attributable to improper processing.

• Dull - Muddy looking; the opposite of "bright" or "brisk."

• Earthy - May be natural to the leaf, or caused by damp storage.

• Flat - Off, stale taste; usually a property of old teas.

• Full-bodied - An ideal combination of strength and color.

• Green - When said of black tea refers to immaturity of character due to under oxidation or under withering.

• Harsh - Very rough in flavor; associated with under withered teas.

• Heavy - Low in briskness and very full-bodied.

• Light - Lacking strength and depth of color.

• Malty - Subtle, underlying flavor; a desirable quality in Assam teas.

• Mellow - Smooth, easy, pleasant.

• Metallic - A sharp, coppery flavor.

• Point - Used to describe a leaf with desirable brightness and acidity.

• Pungent - Pleasantly astringent; a good combination or briskness, strength, and brightness.

• Self-drinking - A tea that can be drunk alone, without blending with other leaves.

• Smooth - Rounded in flavor, pleasant on the palate.

• Soft - The opposite of "brisk"; caused by inefficient oxidation or firing.

• Vegetative - Grassy flavor, a desirable characteristic of some green teas.

tea guideThis tea guide has given you several terms to describe the taste of tea. This is certainly not the complete list, but should allow you to hold your own with those further along the road of the tea experience. The novice tea drinker needs a guide. That is what this web site is all about. We here at your-cup-of-tea will continue to impart what we know about loose leaf tea to you. Our job is giving you information on tea and all things tea. We love our job.

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