Some of the Most Egregious Tea Term Usages We’ve Seen Online

The world of tea is already complex enough, with all kinds of terminology flying around, so it’s small wonder that terms get a bit…uh, rather jumbled. The bad part is that it causes confusion for many who may not have a level of knowledge to help them distinguish one thing from another. By far the …

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On the Popularity of Tea Terms

It seems that the Internet exists to presents us with a seemingly endless flow of novelties and gimmicks - and you can also go there to pay your electric bill. Many of the novelties seem to fall into the category of frivolous time wasters, but occasionally you run across one that seems to be a …

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How Many Words Are There for “Tea”?

As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways.” And thus it is with tea. It is known by many words and loved in many ways. I went scouring around the Internet and found various lists, forums, discussion boards, etc., with words from all corners of the globe. A …

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Arcane Tea Terms: Hyson & Singlo

In my first go-round with this article I noted that, with the bewildering mélange of tea varieties and a myriad of other confusing terms, a tea dictionary might be a handy item to have on hand. Though I wasn't aware that such a thing existed, my esteemed editor pointed out that tea authority James Norwood …

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Red Tea vs Black Tea — More Tea Nomenclature Debacles

Red tea versus black tea is a tricky matter when it comes to tea nomenclature. Jason Walker of Walker Tea Review cautioned people to know the difference when using these terms. I second that statement. The online search for a clear distinction, though, did not get me much closer to a definitive answer. There seem …

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Archaic Tea Terms

To say that deciphering the terminology of tea is a tricky matter is an understatement of vast proportions. It's impossible to say how many varieties of tea are currently in existence, but they surely number in the hundreds and possibly even into the thousands. Then consider that many varieties of tea, particularly those that are …

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The (Almost) A – Z of Tea Producers

The consensus seems to be that tea is grown in about 40 countries around the world. Some of the powerhouse producers, such as China and India, account for much of the world's total, while tea growing in some other nations — like the United States and England — is more of a novelty. Below is …

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The A-Z of Tea Terms

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "argot" as "an often more or less secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group." Read on for a few examples of argot specific to tea and check out The A-Z of Tea Types here. Agony of the Leaves A fanciful description of what happens to tea leaves when hot …

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What to Call Tea Lovers?

Quick, without looking it up - what's an oenophile? If you like to drink wine or you know anything about it, you might already know that an oenophile is, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary puts it, "a lover or connoisseur of wine." It's a word that's derived from "oinos," the Greek word for wine. According to …

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Tea Taste Terms Circus

The lexicon of tea terms keeps growing, sort of like when the Ringling Brothers Circus joined with Barnum & Bailey. The vital question, though, is if these terms have any real meaning. There are lots of claims about how teas taste and a host of terms that have “cropped up” (pun intended) to describe those …

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