Monday, October 23, 2017

Teaology 101: Today’s post is brought to you by the letters ‘U’, ‘V’, ‘W’, ‘X’, ‘Y’, and ‘Z’!

Well, it looks like we’ve come to the end of the alphabets! Like in most cases, there aren’t a whole lot of words beginning with ‘X’ or ‘Z’, so, it’s best to just post one article with the final few letters. Don’t forget all the previous letters:

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Vintage:  These are teas from the same harvest at market.

Weak:  Liquor that is thin.

Weathery:   A soft, unpleasant characteristic, sometimes found in the liquors of teas that were made during rainy weather.

Weedy:  A grassy taste as a result of under-drying.

Well Made:  Refers to the make of the tea usually according to its grade, in that it is uniform in colour, size, and texture.

Well Twisted:  Well rolled whole leaf orthodox tea, usually thin and long leaves.

White Tea:  This is the least processed of all the teas and is referred to as "white tea" due to the presences of silver-grey coloured hairs on the buds.

White Tip:  These are tightly curled leaf buds plucked in in the spring.

Winey:  Teas described as aged and mellow. This is a characteristic found in some Keemun and Assam teas.

Wiry:  Tea leaves that are tightly twisted or rolled. Also referred to as well twisted.

Withering:  This is step manufacturing where the plucked leaves are spread evenly allowing them to naturally dry in the air in order reduce the moisture content, making the leaves more pliable.

Woody: A poor taste, described as grassy or that of hay, as a result of under drying.

Yin Zhen:  This is also known as White Hair Silver Needle, which is a highly prized and costly variety of white tea.

Yixing:  This is pronounced "yee shing", and it is a region in China known for the unglazed teapots made from a purple clay.

Young Hyson:  This is a type of green tea where the leaves are picked before the rainy season. They are made by hand-rolling or tightly twisted.

Yunnan:  A tea producing province in southwestern China.

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