Do you know your leaves from your roots; your Ayurvedic; and Chinese from your Kenyan? It's about to all be cleared up. We've plucked terminology from the annals of history …
A is for …
AGONY OF THE LEAVES
Meaning: unfurling of tea leaves while brewing the perfect cup of tea.
Meaning: Ayurveda comes from two Indian words: ayur, meaning life and veda, meaning knowledge or science. Ayurvedic herbs enhance health and wellbeing, increases longevity and ultimately brings fulfilment of one’s own potential.
B is for …
Meaning: Almost burnt; a bad taste caused by firing the leaf at too high a temperature
Meaning: Black tea is green tea that has been oxidised through the fermentation process and globally is the most common tea.
Meaning: A tea, which is not a single variety but rather mixtures of different teas. Blending creates distinctive flavours.
Meaning: The texture and strength of the tea in the mouth
Meaning: The study of the biology of plants. It’s vital that when we chose a herb for a specific purpose that the herb is the right one.
C is for
Meaning: There are many varieties of herbs, each with distinct characteristics; scent, look, taste etc.
D is for …
Meaning: The small particles left over when the leaves are sorted and crushed.
E is for …
Meaning: Herbs that have a natural woody, grassy, soil-like smell. May also refer to the smell caused by storage of tea in damp conditions.
F is for …
Meaning: The impression left on your tongue after drinking.
Meaning: Not fresh/old. Tea tends to lose its features and taste with age, unlike those wines, which get better with age.
G is for …
Meaning: Tastes and/or smells like fresh cut grass and is sometimes citrusy.
Meaning: Unfermented tea, which has a green or yellow colour once brewed.
H is for …
Meaning: A thick strong tea.
Meaning: A tea not made from the tea plant, but from herbs, berries, roots and flowers. Herbal teas are tisanes rather than camellia sinensis. Herbal teas such as those sold by us, have medicinal effects.
I is for …
Meaning: A blend or tisane (see above)
K is for …
Meaning: An African country which produces some of the best teas globally, owing to its rich, fertile soil, which produces a deep amber tea.
L is for …
Meaning: The brewed tea.
N is for …
Meaning: The aroma of the tea.
O is for …
Meaning: The process of heating that changes the leaf to oolong or black tea. Green tea is barely oxidised; delicate white tea is not oxidised at all.
P is for …
Meaning: Harvesting of the tea.
T is for …
Meaning: The drink that comes from brewing the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
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