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Decoding the Language of Tea: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Tea Labels with Hidden Hills Tea

In the world of tea, the journey from leaf to cup involves understanding the wealth of information on tea labels. At Hidden Hills Tea, we believe in making this process accessible and transparent, helping you make an informed choice.

Type of Tea: The Fundamental Characteristic

The type of tea – be it green, black, oolong, white, or pu-erh – is usually the most prominent detail on a tea label. This not only refers to the taste profile but also to the level of oxidation the tea leaves have undergone.

Origin: A Tale of Terroir

Tea, much like wine, is influenced by its terroir – the geographical region, climate, and soil where it’s grown. The origin listed on the label can give you an idea about the unique characteristics of the tea.

Harvest Date: Freshness Indicator

The harvest date indicates when the tea was plucked. Freshness is crucial in tea, and the season of harvest can influence the tea’s flavor profile. Spring harvests, for example, often yield the most prized teas.

Grade: The Quality Marker

Tea grades provide insight into the quality and size of the tea leaves. Terms like ‘FTGFOP’ (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) and ‘BOP’ (Broken Orange Pekoe) are common on labels, indicating leaf size and quality.

Organic or Non-Organic: The Environmental Footprint

Labels may also indicate whether the tea is organic or non-organic. Organic teas are cultivated without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, making them a healthier, more environmentally friendly choice.

Brewing Instructions: Crafting the Perfect Cup

Tea labels often include brewing instructions, specifying the recommended water temperature and steeping time for the best results. Following these guidelines ensures that you enjoy the tea as intended.

Unlocking the Language of Tea with Hidden Hills Tea

At Hidden Hills Tea, we ensure that our tea labels are clear, informative, and honest, allowing you to fully appreciate the craftsmanship and heritage behind each cup. After all, understanding tea is the first step towards enjoying it.

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