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Plucking young tea leaves in China

Standards For Specialty Tea — Harvest Date

This post was authored by Austin Hodge as part of a series on defining standards for specialty tea. It was originally published by the International Specialty Tea Association. Element 5 – Harvest Date When was this tea plucked? The answer to this simple question tells us many things, not the least of which include:    The expected… // MORE


Standards For Specialty Tea — Origin

Tea Bushes in Wuyishan National Park

This post was authored by Austin Hodge as part of a series on defining standards for specialty tea. It was originally published by the International Specialty Tea Association. Element # 4 – Origin Disclosing origin is essential to authenticating a tea. So it follows that a specialty tea’s origin should be clearly labeled. As with wine, a… // MORE


Standards For Specialty Tea — Plucking and Leaf Uniformity

Yellow Tea Field Notes

This post is part of a continuing series of writings by Seven Cups founder, Austin Hodge, for the International Specialty Tea Association. The aim of this series is to detail twelve elements that can be used to authenticate and value specialty tea. The previous post, on the condition of the tea leaf, can be found here. Element… // MORE