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Tea Glossary


Bloom - Sign of good manufacture where a sheen of glossiness of the leaf has not been removed by overhandling or oversorting.

Well Made And Clean Leaf - leaf which is free from fibre , dust or any other extraneous material and properly rolled. Whole leaf should be well rolled and twisted free from stalks. Whole leaf should have some tips which is a sign of good quality and manufacture.

Rough Or Bold Leaf - Is undesirable as liquor of these types is rather plain or coarse. Any leaf which contains stems or stalks and uneven or mixed is not desirable.


Quality - Refers to cup quality and denotes a combination of the most desirable liquoring qualities

Coloury - Coloury indicate useful depth of colour and strength.

Aroma - Indicates that both the tea leaf and infusion have one of a certain no. of smells which are highly valued. Such aroma is connected with flavor and is highly fragrant.

Bright - denote lively fresh tea with good keeping quality. Sparkling liquor denotes good tea which has a longer storing possibility without losing character.

Brisk - live , not flat liquor , usually of pungent character.

Flavour - A most desirable extension of ‘CHARACTER’, caused by slow growth at high elevations and comparatively rare.

Strength - Thickness of liquor, pungent and brisk

Pungent - Astringent with good combination of briskness, brightness and strength. Often used to describe good quality North Indian ( Assam) teas.

Dull - lacks brightness and usually denotes poor manufacture and firing or high moisture content.

Coarse - coarse teas are usually soft and dull taste

Earthy - smell of earth which comes out of smoke in tea