How to determine the quality of tea packaging?

Choosing tea - what will the marking tell?

To determine whether you like tea or not, it is not necessary to try it. There are three main indicators of the quality of tea, which you can easily evaluate directly in the store:

Appearance of a pack

The best packaging for tea is opaque. But large manufacturers often make a box with a window on purpose and put tea inside in a plastic transparent bag. The size of the pack is small, the tea will not have time to spoil (provided that it is properly stored), and the buyer can visually assess the quality of the sheet. It is better to pour tea from such a pack into a jar.

Of course, the packaging must be well sealed, without damage, with a clearly indicated, not expired. Inscriptions from a pack should not be erased.

Place of collection and packaging

The best is tea packed at the gathering place. For example, if Ceylon tea is packaged in Sri Lanka, this can already serve as a guarantee of its quality.

Marking

Are you going to buy Indian or Ceylon tea? Pay attention to the logo:

Ceylon

Indian

Darjeeling

Assam

If the tea is genuine, the corresponding logo must be present on the package.

In terms of quality indicators, tea in Russia is divided into the following varieties (according to GOST 1938-90 for black and GOST 1939-90 for green), which indicate the pack. Which one do you like more?

Sort

Composition

Characteristics of the drink (description according to GOST)

The color of the infusion (description according to GOST)

The black

green

Bouquet

Tea Leaf with Tips

Subtle aroma. Pleasant tart taste

Bright, transparent, intense

Transparent, light green, with a yellowish tinge

Higher

Tea leaf

Gentle fragrance. Pleasant, slightly tart taste

Bright, transparent

The first

Tea leaf

Enough delicate flavor. Pleasant tart taste

Less bright, transparent

Transparent, light yellow

Second

Tea leaf

Insufficient aroma and astringency

Transparent

Yellow, with a reddish tinge, not transparent

Third

Tea leaf

Weak aroma, weak taste

Not transparent enough

Dark yellow, with a reddish tinge, unclear

It is better to choose, naturally, a pack with the inscription "variety: bouquet". But many people prefer only the highest grade, there are tea lovers of the first grade, because it suits them completely to taste and price. Just remember the variety that you liked.

Other tea terms are used on the international market. Here is a brief list of abbreviations (the most common) by which you can focus on the quality level of leaf tea in a pack:

Marking (abbreviation)

Decryption

Leaf tea

Quality tea

(G) FOP

(Golden) Flowery Orange Pekoe

Whole leaf

High

Tgfop

Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

PS

Pekoe sushong

Whole leaf

Low

B (F) OP

Broken (Flowery) Orange Pekoe

Srednelistovoy

High

Bps

Broken Peekoe Sushong

Srednelistovoy

Low

PD

Pekoe dust

Small leaf

Low

Watch the video: 5 Ways to Judge Quality in Tea (November 2019).

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