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darjeeling
As defined by: A Time For Tea
   "Tea growing region in India located between Nepal in the west, Bhutan to the east, and a small border with Tibet to the north; perhaps the only place in the world where China tea and Assam tea grow together, gardens having different proportions of China to Assam, newer gardens having more Assam; second flush comes in May and June, and is fuller, more balanced, of good quality. Next comes Monsoon season, when teas grows very fast, but 'rains tea' is mostly bulking quality, no special flavour or aroma; after that is autumnal, during September and October, yielding flavour that is more mellow than second flush, softer, 'like a peach to a pomegranate.' As a smaller region, Darjeeling produces much less per acre than Assam, also, it is colder and higher, and growth is slow,- but the aroma is terrifically concentrated."

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "The finest and most delicately flavored of the India teas; grown chiefly in the Himalaya mtns., at elevations ranging from 2500 to 6500 feet"

dark
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "dull"

As defined by: General Information
   "A dark or dull colour which usually indicates poorer leaf"

degradation
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Breaking of tea leaves which causes loss of color, turning grey rather than black; reduces liquor, and small leaf particles become floaters"

denaturized tea
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Tea which is deemed unfit for consumption, is mixed with asafetida and marked 'denaturized;' it is used only for the extraction of its caffeine content for medicine"

dhool
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "the tea leaf after rolling whicn is put into the fermentation unit (an Assamese word)"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Hindi for 'small bulk;' fine tea"

Dimbula
As defined by: Golden Tips
   "Largest tea growing area in Ceylon, with about 50,000 acres; a high-grown area"

discoloured leaf
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "(self-explanatory)"

dooars
As defined by: A Time For Tea
   "An Indian tea growing corridor which runs from Bengal to Assam between the mountain kingdoms of Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim in the north, and Bangladesh in the south; the name comes from the Sanskrit, which gives us our word 'door,' in this case one for the armies of Burma, Assam and Bengal, which have marched through the district. Dooars earth is shallow and fertile; Dooars teas are Assam jat."

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Tea grown in the Dooars district, India"

dry
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Slightly high-fired"

As defined by: General Information
   "Indicates slight over-firing"

dull
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Neither clear nor bright, nor lively or brisk"

As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Lacking bloom"

As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "oppsed to bright"

As defined by: General Information
   "Not clear, and lacking any brightness or briskness"

As defined by: General Information
   "Lacks brightness and usually denotes a poor tea; can be due to faulty manufacture and firing, or a high moisture content"

dull tip
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Opposed to bright"

dust
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "The smallest siftings resulting from the sieving process, being leaf practically reduced to a fine powder"

dusty
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "leaf tea containing smaller particles"

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