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.
Are you going to buy Indian or Ceylon tea? Pay attention to the logo:
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?
Characteristics of the drink (description according to GOST)
The color of the infusion (description according to GOST)
Tea Leaf with Tips
Subtle aroma. Pleasant tart taste
Bright, transparent, intense
Transparent, light green, with a yellowish tinge
Gentle fragrance. Pleasant, slightly tart taste
Enough delicate flavor. Pleasant tart taste
Less bright, transparent
Transparent, light yellow
Insufficient aroma and astringency
Yellow, with a reddish tinge, not transparent
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:
(Golden) Flowery Orange Pekoe
Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
B (F) OP
Broken (Flowery) Orange Pekoe
Broken Peekoe Sushong