Tea Vocabulary and Vernacular – Improve Your Tea Understanding

Do you remember when you were in school, you need to recite the passengers in the textbook. But do you know why you need to remember these poems?

It is helping you praise the beautiful scene that a lonely bird flies up to the sky under the sunset, you will think “The sunset and the lonely bird fly together, the autumn river and the sky shared the same color” instead of “the wild bird is awesome, the sun is very pretty!”

Similarly, when you drink with your tea buddy, who takes a sip of the tea and says “The tea color is orange and clear, having the orchid flavor, the taste is pure. The aftertaste is sweet, and stays long.” But you drink the tea and says “Wow, the tea tasks good!” At times like this, whoever doesn’t have much to say make the situation awkward.

Today, editor will give you the factors to evaluate the tea in terms of color, aroma, and taste. Here will teach you the frequent used comments for various tea, saving your from not enough vocabulary.


It is the color of the tea leaves dissolved in the boiled water. The colors change according to the tea varieties, cultivation conditions, age of the tea leaves, processing methods, storage conditions and others. When you evaluate the color of the tea, you should mainly focus on color, brightness, and clearness.

Frequent used comments:

Clear: clean, transparent, bright, no precipitation

Freshness: the color of the tea is bright and active

Bright: the tea is dark and vibrant

Distinct: fresh, bright and shiny

Shining: the tea is dark and transparent

Shallow: substances in the tea is not rich, the color is light

Many sediment: the residues sunk in the bottom of the bowl

Turbidity: there are many suspended substance, low level of transparency

Dark: the color of the tea is not bright



It is the aroma with the steam coming out of the brewed tea. Because the tea variety, production sides, season, processing methods are different, the corresponding aromas will come out. Evaluation of the aroma is mainly comparing the purity of the fragrant, high or low, length. The aroma of flower, fruit, and honey are the preferred aroma.

Frequently used comments:

Freshness: have the fresh aroma

Fragrance: the fragrance is elegant and gentle, slow but lasting.

Elegant: the aroma is soft but lasting

Grass scent: pure and soft, but very elegant

Strong: the aroma is strong and lasting, have the special aroma of fruit and flowers

Aroma of the flower: the aroma is sharp, smells like flowers

High and lasting: the aroma of the tea is lasting, strong and high, very irritation

Lasting: the aroma of the tea lasts long, still have the aroma even if the tea is cold

Aroma of the chestnut: smells like cooked chestnut, strong and lasting

Fresh: the aroma of the tea is very fresh and sharp

Pure: the aroma of the tea is normal

Strong: the aroma of the tea is complete, or the flower tea can be brewed many times

Aroma floats on the surface: the aroma of the flower floats on the surface, disappearing fast

Tenderness: apparent and delicate

Aroma of the fresh leaves: aroma of the fresh bud

Low level of the aroma of the flower, can smell the aroma of the tea

The aroma of the jasmine releases the aroma of orchid

Phonology: the unique characteristic of some Oolong variety

Sweetness: strong sweetness taste

Strong and sharp: the aroma is high and enjoyable, no obvious floral

Rich: the aroma is strong and lasting with a special aroma of flower and fruit


It is the reaction to the taste of the tea. When you evaluate if the taste is pure. Normally, the pure tastes can be divided into strong or light, strength, freshness, pureness, and others. The not very pure taste can be bitter, raw, and mixed with other taste. A good tea is strong and fresh, with strong irritation or rich in convergence.

Frequent used comments:

Sweet aftertaste: the tea first tastes bitter, but the aftertaste is sweet

Strong: strong but don’t have an astringent taste, pure but not light, appropriate level of strong, sweet aftertaste

Mellow: strong, irritating, slightly sweet aftertaste

Mild: tea too weak, freshness not enough, but don’t have mixed taste

Light and thin: the taste is normal, light and weak

Rough: the taste is rough and thin, belonging to taste of the low-level tea

Bitterness: even though the soup is strong, but the taste is not fresh nor pure. The taste is astringent and bitter, have numbness taste

Ripped taste: not fresh, weak and soft with no enjoyment

Taste of water: the taste is light and not pure. The dry tea might be damped or not dry enough with the taste of water

Burning taste: the burned tea leaves have a taste of burning

Mixed taste: smoke, burning, acid and other substance that have contaminated the flavor of the tea.

If you read so far, next time when you drink a good cup of tea, you won’t only have “wow, tastes good” in your mind.