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Acidic - sour, tart, vinegary

Astringent - bold, pungent sensation that lingers on the tongue and sides of the mouth caused by tannins

Balanced - well-rounded, tasting equal proportions of flavors

Berry Like - fruity and tart-tasting

Biscuity - sweet, malted flavor with a velvety body, reminiscent of baked bread; often a character in black teas

Bitter - intense and boldly appalling flavor; sometimes offensive

Body – texture of the tea on the palate during tasting, which is largely determined by tannins and amino acids within the tea

Character - smell, taste and presentation of the tea

Citrusy - tangy, tart; citrus fruit flavor such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, or tangerine

Clean - crisp, fresh, pure flavor notes

Cloudy - result when tea is prepared iced, also known as condensation.  When the ice hits the hot tea, the ice or solid slowly turns into liquid and forms cloudiness in the tea.

Complex - having multi-dimensional flavors that unfold layer by layer; complicated

Creamy - milky, vanilla-tasting

Crisp - clean, fresh, sharp

Delicate - soft, subtle, lightly flavored

Dull - uninspiring, mellow, lack of character

Earthy - woodsy, soil-tasting, nature-inspired taste and aroma

Finish - lasting impression on your tongue after swallowing

Flat - plain, dull, mellow, without higher or lower notes in taste

Grassy- vegetal, fresh cut lawn taste

Hard - aggressive, bold, sharp, higher in mineral content

Intense - strong, bold concentration of flavor and aroma

Light - soft, subtle concentration of flavor and aroma

Malty - biscuity with a velvety body, wheat and barley-tasting; often used to describe Assam black teas

Meaty - hearty, heavy-tasting, full, thick texture, often describes high quality Indian black teas

Metallic - low, unpleasant quality and taste; often found in poor quality green and black teas

Nutty -toasted, malty flavors reminiscent of a nut such as an almond, hazelnut or walnut

Plain - having very minimal flavor; mellow, dull, bland, simple

Puckery - sour, tart, mildly astringent

Refreshing – uplifting, clean, replenishing taste

Rich - overpowering, bold, heavy

Rounded – well-balanced, pleasant flavors

Salty – mineral-like, sour, peppery

Savory - pleasant, aromatic; bold yet balanced flavors

Smoky - burnt-tasting, reminiscent of ash and fire

Smooth – thicker consistency, clean and well-balanced flavors

Sour - tart, acidic, citrusy

Spicy - flavorful with a bite; fiery, peppery, tangy

Sweet - often fruity, sometimes creamy; having candy-like characteristics

Tangy – spicy, sweet and tart; flavorful

Tart – sour, tangy, astringent

Thick - rich and full consistency

Vanilla - creamy, sweet, milky

Vegetal - often a green tea characteristic; grassy, vegetable-tasting; reminiscent of a freshly cut lawn

Winey - vinegary, grape-tasting, sour, astringent