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March 2005
Last Updated March 2012

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Types Of Tea & Tea Terminology

Tea Glossary Page 4: Terms D & E


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See red robe oolong.

A tea-growing area in the Darjeeling area of Northern India at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, at altitudes up to 7,000 feet above sea level (a “high-grown” tea). The unique soil, microclimate and elevation and other factors produce a very high-quality black tea coveted by connoisseurs; Darjeeling can be found in green tea as well. Often called “the Champagne of Indian teas,” it is light in color and body with a delicate, muscatel flavor and flowery aroma and a crisp astringency. The first crop harvest of the year, known as the “first flush,” commands the highest price.
Organic Darjeeling estate tea from MightyLeafTea.com.

Its light fermentation and greenish leaf deliver a brisk character and complex aroma, reminiscent of semi-fermented oolong tea. Darjeeling was planted with seeds and plants originally imported from China.

A tea that has had most of the caffeine removed. It is important to note that a decaffeinated tea is not 100% caffeine-free; the amount of caffeine is reduced to about 3% of its original strength.


Characterized by a fragile, mellow or subtle flavor.

A dessert tea is a blended to be enjoyed after a meal, providing natural sweetness from the addition of ingredients such as coco husks, coconut slivers, cinnamon and other spices such as licorice root and dried fruits. While it is possible to add milk and sugar, the teas have enough flavor to be enjoyed without further embellishment. They have no added sugar and almost no calories.

Dessert Tea

Dessert Teas: Belgian Mint, Coco Truffle, Orchid Vanilla and Raspberry Nectar. Photo courtesy of TeaForte.com.


See wu long slimming tea.


Chinese artisans hand-tie tea leaves with flowers into tight balls. When the ball is placed into water, it unfurls into a flower-like bloom. This needs to be done in a glass vessel (cup, glass, teapot) in order to see the magic as the ball turns into a flower before your eye. them in water and watch them bloom! While you pay extra for the handcrafting than you would for the same amount of loose tea, these balls of tea make a lovely gift—along with a glass pot or cup.

  Blooming Tea
A plain ball of green tea leaves blossoms into a visually beautiful cup of tea. Available at MightyLeafTea.com.

Dragon Well, or long jing in Chinese, is the perhaps most famous Chinese green tea. It is a pan-fired green tea that is flat-fried by hand in large woks to produce leaves shaped like the blade of a sword. It is named after the Dragon’s Well, a landmark in Hangzhou, where the tea originated. If you’re in the area, you can see the well, which is in a government-protected garden. But you really have to know where you’re going as the locals point to a fake well five minutes away, to get tourist traffic to Loongjing Village (Dragon’s Well Village).

  Dragon Well Tea
Dragon Well tea from MightyLeafTea.com.

The result of slight over-firing or drying during manufacture.

Not clear or muddy, lacking any brightness or briskness, flat-tasting. Dullness usually denotes poor-quality tea, which can be due to faulty manufacture and firing or a high moisture content. The opposite of bright.

The smallest grade of tea, commonly used in teabags and typically associated with lower quality. However, it is appreciated by some for its quick extraction (i.e., it brews much more quickly than whole leaf tea).

An aromatic, light-bodied black China tea treated with the oil of bergamot, a bitter Mediterranean orange, which gives the tea a distinctive citrus-scented aroma and taste. Earl Grey was the first scented tea to be drunk in the Western world: Some claim is the most popular black tea in the world. Earl Grey was blended for and named after Charles, the Second Earl Grey (1764-1845), by a Chinese mandarin when Earl Grey was prime minister of Britain during the reign of William IV (1830-1837). He led a successful British diplomatic mission to China. The Earl was an arch-rival of the Duke of Wellington, whom he beat to become Prime Minister in the 1830s. A humanitarian, Earl Grey abolished slavery throughout the British Empire.

Earl Grey tea from MightyLeafTea.com. See brewed Earl Grey tea in the photo below.

A taste caused by damp storage of tea but which can also be characteristic of teas from certain regions.

A liquor lacking fullness and substance.

A blend of black teas, often including keemun. Actually developed by a Scot, it acquired its full name after becoming very popular with Queen Victoria, and thus all of England, becoming a classic blend. It is a fuller-bodied and deeper in color than the other popular blend, Earl Grey. Irish breakfast tea is stronger than English Breakfast tea.


A tea-growing property or holding that may include more than one garden under the same management or ownership. In the past, tea estates where known as plantations.

  Earl Grey
Earl Grey tea, left, and English Breakfast tea, right. Photo courtesy TeaForte.com.


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