Why Are Some Tea Names So Long?

There can be a lot of information crammed into a tea’s name. It can be rather tedious to wade through it all, but you will learn a lot along the way, as opposed to a tea called “Jingle Bells” or “Auntie’s Favorite.”

Muzha Ti Guan Yin

Some Examples:

Singbulli Clonal Classic Super Fine 2nd Flush 2011 — Explanation: From the Singbulli tea gardens in Darjeeling, India; a tea harvested from a clonal developed from the Camellia Sinensis plant; the highest quality; harvested after the second period of growth (flush) during the season (probably harvested in July or August) in the year 2011. Simple!

2011 Spring Imperial Anxi Huang Jin Gui (Golden Osmanthus) Oolong — Explanation: Harvested in 2011 in the Spring (late April); finest grade; from Anxi county, Fujian Province, China; shows the Chinese name “Huang Jin Gui” and the English equivalent “Golden Osmanthus”; is an oolong style of tea (semi-oxidized). This information matters since there is a difference in the tea bush variety used, making the tea liquid of Huan Jin Gui comparatively yellower than other Anxi Oolong teas.

Muzha Ti Guan Yin (Classic Roasted Iron Goddess) — Explanation: Harvested in Muzha, Taipei, Taiwan, from tea bushes brought to China by Tea Master Chang; made using the special process that is key to this style of oolong; “Iron Goddess” refers to the “Iron Goddess of Mercy” outside of whose temple this particular varietal of the tea bush was first found and then cultivated.

2011 Spring Imperial Yunnan Silver Needle White Tea — Explanation: Harvested in 2011 in the Springs; finest grade; from Yunnan Province, China; tight, fat needle shape full of silver hair white tea. Showing that this is from Yunnan Province instead of Fuding indicates that it is a different version made from big white Pu Er tea trees. So the flavor and aroma will be quite different from 2011 Imperial Fuding Silver Needle White tea.

2008 Hai Lang Hao “Lao Ban Zhang & Man’E Ancient Arbor” Tea — Explanation: Produced in 2008 in the Hai Lang Hao tea factory in China; produced from ancient wild arbor tea trees from Lao Ban Zhang village and from neighboring Lao Man’E village.

2010 Spring Imperial Yunnan Fengqing Golden Buds Black Tea — Explanation: Harvested in Spring of 2010; high quality; from the Yunnan Province, China, specifically the Fengqing area, which has over 150 years experience making black tea; tight, plump, golden buds full of tea hair.

2010 Spring Handmade Premium Bi Luo Chun Green Tea — Explanation: Harvested in Spring of 2010 (before April 5); processed by hand, not machine; highest quality; “Bi Luo Chun” is the Chinese name and means “Green Snail” due to the tight spiral shape of the processed leaves.

In short, those long tea names can be much better to have than the cute short ones. And as you see here, they’re jam packed with information!

About Janice and Stephen Shelton

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2 Responses to Why Are Some Tea Names So Long?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not sure why you feature 2008 HAI LANG HAO “LAO BAN ZHANG & MAN'E ANCIENT ARBOR” TEA today when it is sold out. I just spent 15 minutes checking it out and deciding to try it and then discover it is sold out. It seems there are often many puerh cakes listed on your site which are sold out, which can be quite frustrating.


  2. Anonymous says:

    When we write about these teas, they may or may not be in stock. Plus, our supplies vary. A tea out of stock today may be in stock tomorrow. We appreciate you reading and regret that this particularly tea is out of stock. You can still try a number of our other teas. Our articles do not name them all, just a few as examples.


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