Tea Terminology

Tea Terminology

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Grades of Tea

All Teas produced are graded according to size of leaf and appearance.


FOP - Flowery Orange Pekoe - High Quality Teas usually from the second and third flush crops. For example Assam FOP
GFOP - Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - Refers to Teas picked earlier in the season where the young tips have a golden colour.
TGFOP - Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - These Teas have a high content of golden tips and is refered to as "Tippy" e.g Darjeeling TGFOP
FTGFOP - Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - FTG represents the teas with the highest Tippy content.
SFTGFOP - Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - These teas have the finer lighter coloured liquors.
SFTGFOP-1 - This mark is given to the very finest grade. For example Darjeeling Rohini 2010 1st Flush SFTGFOP-1

Other common grades

OP - Orange Pekoe - Leaf size is quite large and of similar quality and appearance to FOP but tend to be plucked later in the year. From CEYLON we have some superior orange pekoe teas and reveal why Ceylon Orange Pekoe gets the attention !
BOP - Broken Orange Pekoe - A small size broken leaf often used in Blending. Broken Orange Pekoe
BOP1 - Broken Orange Pekoe One
GFBOP - Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
BPS - Broken Pekoe Souchong
GBOP - Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
FBOP - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe

Teas used for packing tea bags are referred to as FANNINGS. There is also a market in tea dust but really that is only used as fillers by some of the big tea brands ! We use a lot of PEKOE Fannings from Kenya

As a matter of interest the Chinese do not adhere to the above terminology see ....CHINA TEA

Buy Loose Tea Online ! We offer many types of tea, from large loose leaf teas to pekoe fannings grades.

Orange Pekoe Tea

Orange Pekoe Tea has been in the press again recently ( March 2010 ) . Apparently one of the major tea companies report that Orange Pekoe Tea is the tea that is good for you etc.. Orange Pekoe is a grade of tea as written above, it is not a specific type of tea. Ceylon Orange Pekoe is very famous but you can get other origin Orange Pekoe's.