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35 Thés vrac feuilles entières - Full leave teas Sélection des meilleurs thés depuis 1848 • Leaves rolled into ball : type Gunpowder • Rolled up leaves : Chun Mee or some Sencha... • Flat leaves : Sencha, Bancha... • But other leaf shapes also exist : Curly, scuplted, flower form, powder... OOLONG Oolong teas according to the way how they have fermented, are classified by names or label of origin. It is the same case for white and yellow teas. There are 3 main grades, with variants. For each grade, we make the difference between 3 sizes of leaves : •Whole leaf •Broken • Fannings and dust Black teas : We find, for black teas, the four following main grades : • F.O.P. (Flowery Orange Pekoe) They are young leaves, which the final bud is still downy. The following variants are slightly golden or black-coloured : G.F.O.P (Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) : F.O.P. including more tips, which are called Golden. T.G.F.O.P (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) : F.O.P. which all leaves are golden-coloured. • O.P. (Orange Pekoe) Leaves are mature and black. The final bud is already changed into leaf at the time of the picking. The name of “Congou” in China is sometimes used for small-sized O.P. • SOUCHONG Rolled up long leaves. This kind of grade is essentially used in China. • PEKOE Flowery Pekoe (F.P.) : Leaves and final bud are rolled into a ball to obtain this grade. Pekoe (P) : The same as Flowery Pekoe with mature leaves and less refined taste. Whole leaves have their equivalent in broken tea : F.O.P. becomes F.B.O.P. (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe) O.P. becomes B.O.P. (Broken Orange Pekoe) PEKOE becomes B.P. (Broken Pekoe) Fannings and Dust are classified in Fannings (B.P.O.F. or F.B.P.O.F. or O.F.) and in Dust (D ou P.D.) NB: “Orange” doesn’t mean “Orange Tea”. The leaf size or grade never informs about the general quality of the tea. Green teas : The variety and type of teas are uncountable. Even if the notion of grade does exist, it is more common to classify green teas according to their manufacturing processes and their types of leaf. We can find mainly :