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Orthodox Tea


An image of Oriental Beauty Oolong (a.k.a.

This oolong was hand-plucked, as evidenced by its long, full leaves.

Lindsey Goodwin
Definition: Orthodox tea refers to either hand-processed tea or tea that is rolled with machinery in a manner that mimics hand-rolling. Most specialty tea is made with orthodox production methods.

The opposite of orthodox tea is CTC tea, which is machine-processed in a way that chops the leaves into uniformly-sized bits that are typically used for low-grade teabags.

Orthodox tea is generally known for being more nuanced and complex than CTC tea. All whole-leaf tea is made with orthodox production methods.
Also Known As: handmade tea, hand-processed tea, rolled tea

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