Sunday, July 9, 2017

Teaology 101: Today’s post is brought to you by the letters 'Q' and 'R'!

Another double dose of letters, and for good reason. Not many words out there with the letter ‘Q’. Don’t forget all the previous letters either:

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P

Quality: Distinctive attributes or characteristics of a good tea.

Queen's Tea: This a blend of various black teas created especially for Queen Victoria.

Ragged: A poor quality of tea that is rough and uneven.  See even.

Rainy: Dull tea liquor as a result of being processed during a season of rain.

Raw: A bitter tasting tea.

Red Tea: Not to be confused with Rooibos, this is what China refers to as black tea due to the reddish colour of the liquor.

Rich: Liquor that is smooth yet abundant.

Rolling: This is a process where withered tea leaves are rolled either by hand or a machine in order to give each tea its unique shape.

Rooibos: This is a tisane that means "red bush", and is a member of the legume family. It is a plant found in a very small area of South Africa.

Rotorvane: This is a machine used during the processing method where tea leaves are turned into CTC tea.

Rough: Irregular appearing tea leaves.

Round: A desirable trait in tea that is considered smooth.

Russian Caravan: A blend of various Chinese Teas, usually Oolong, Keemun, and Lapsang Souchong. The name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that transported teas to Russia.

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