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old
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "see 'flat'"

on fine
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Meaning nearly as fine as applied to Formosa tea"

oolong
As defined by: A Time For Tea
   "Somewhere between green and black tea, Formosa Oolongs are more black than green, and the Foochow (Chinese) Oolongs often more green than black; when they are scented, they are called Pouchongs"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "From the Chinese wu-lung, meaning 'black dragon;' a semi-fermented tea of fine quality, hand-rolled and fired in baskets over pits containing red-hot charcoal; originally shipped principally from Guangzhou and Amoy in China, the production of Oolong was introduced more than a century ago to Formosa"

oolong tea
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A semi-fermented tea manufactured using a fermentation that is approximately twice as intense as that used for pouchong tea (q.v.), see also Qing-cha"

ootacamund
As defined by: A Time For Tea
   "A very 'British' hill-station area like Darjeeling, but in the Nilgiri hills in the south"

open
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Opposed to twisted or rolled"

optically active
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A chemical that in solution is able to rotate the plane of polarized light when such light is passed through it; such substances are characterized by at least one carbon atom bearing four different substituents"

orange pekoe
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A grade of leaf tea resulting from sifting through a sieve having mesh of a certain specified size; in no sense is the term a description of quality, but of size of leaf; the term was originally applied to a tea in China scented with orange blossoms"

organoleptic
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "An adjective descriptive of an object capable of making an impression on an organism; said of the effect or impression produced on an organ of touch, taste, or smell- tea is organoleptic as it leaves an impression on the organs of taste and smell"

orthodox
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "Manufacture of black tea using a roller (q.v.); this is the traditional method of processing"

out of condition
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "(self-explanatory)"

own label tea
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "Tea packed for retail sale by a company specializing in tea packing with the packets bearing the name of the retailer instead of the packer"

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