BP 1: Broken Pekoe 1
Lighter in body but rich in flavor. Pekoe is a Chinese term that means ‘white down’ it refers to the character of the tender young tea leaves. Pekoe is a term that is used to grade tea.
PF 1: Pekoe Fannings 1
Pekoe Fannings 1 is more balanced in both flavor and pungency. Pungency is the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or taste. Pekoe Fannings 1 is more balanced in both flavor and pungency. This tea grade is popular in Kenya.
PD: Pekoe Dust
Pekoe Dust is rich in pungency and body. It has less taste in flavor and heavy in cup.
D1 : Dust 1
Dust is the smallest grade of the tea varieties from KTDA. It is mostly used in tea bags. It is most pungently creaming in cup.
FOP- Flowery Orange Pekoe
This grade is the largest of the leaf grades. It’s a whole leaf grade. It does not contain tips as it is usually made from the bulky teas of the last roll. The leaf has an attractive appearance. It has a light cup and is marketed for its leaf appearance and flavoury liquor.
It also has a large leaf. It’s a whole leaf grade. It contains both wiry and rolled ball like leaf. Its liquor is usually rich in flavour as well as some strength. It is also demanded more for its attractive appearance and cup quality.
It is a fancy looking grade. It contains numerous tips as it is made from the fines. The liquors are quite balanced. It consists of very tightly rolled leaf resulting in a very attractive twisted and wiry appearance. It is demanded more for its attractive leaf appearance and its balanced cup. The production of OP is small.
BOPF- Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings
This is the bulk of the black orthodox teas. It contains both broken leaf and tips. It is relatively small in size and it has rapid brewing properties and gives a good strong flavour and colourly liquors.
It is the smallest of all the grades. It contains the fannings of the whole leaf as well as that of the tips. Its liquor is quite strong with some background flavour. It is marketed more for its liquor than leaf appearance.
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