Two terms I see a lot of confusion about are bitterness and astringency. In this post, I'll explain what they are and give my tips for telling them apart.
What is a cha hai? In the latest installment of Tea Nerd Dictionary I explain what they are, why they are used, and where to find one.
Zairai is a Japanese tea term that I heard occasionally when I first got into tea but it took a few years for me to learn what it means. Simply put, zairai is a variety of tea that isn't a recognizable cultivar.
What is heicha? It is a category of tea whose defining characteristic is that the leaves undergo post-fermentation.
What is mao cha? It is a Chinese term that refers to rough or unfinished tea. It is most often used in reference to puerh but can also be used for oolong.
Some teas can give us a feeling of returning sweetness. Here are perspectives from around the tea world as well as my own take on what exactly hui gan is.