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hachiogi
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A Japan tea used principally by the Japanese"

hairy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Thin fibre; similar to whiskery"

half chest
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "The weight of a half chest of tea varies according to the variety of tea, as follows: India and Ceyons, about 60 to 70 lbs, Monings, about 65 lbs, Panyongs, about 50 lbs, Souchongs, about 50 lbs, Formosas, about 40 to 45 lbs, Japan pan-fired, about 80 lbs, Japan basket fired, about 70 lbs."

handkerchief tea
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "From the island of Formosa, it gets its name from the fact that Chinese tea growers bring down from their little gardens or farms very tippy teas, often of the highest quality, in large silk handkerchiefs"

hard
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Penetrating and desirable strength"

As defined by: General Information
   "A very pungent liquor"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A term used to describe liquor suggesting pungency; a desirable quality found in Assam teas"

harsh
As defined by: General Information
   "A taste generally related to under-withered leaf, and very rough"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Liquor which is bitter is termed harsh; results from immature tea or coarse leaf"

harshness
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Raw characteristic"

harvest index
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The fraction of the total dry matter produced in a plant which can be harvested"

heavy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Thick without briskness"

As defined by: General Information
   "A thick, strong, and coloury liquor with limited briskness"

hei-cha
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The Chinese name for the raw material from which brick green tea is manufactured by a microbial fermentation which takes place in a large wooden tub for a 20 - 3- h at 30 - 50 degrees C after steaming or pan-firing green leaves"

Hemileia vastatrix
As defined by: The Romance of Tea
   "Coffee blight which attacked the estates in Ceylon in the 1870's, at which time coffee had been a successful crop for 50 years (the ruin of coffee was so complete that dead coffee trees were stripped and exported to England to serve as legs for tea tables!) ; tea production at this time was negligible, being only 200 to 300 acres; to recover, the planters first tried cinchona (from whose bark quinine is made), but this market did not last; then in 1839 seeds of the Assam tea plant, followed in 1840 by plants, were brought in, and serious tea cultivation began."

high-elevation
As defined by: Tea Manufacture
   "Teas of marked quality often come form high-elevations, in Darjeeling, it is that planted above about 3500 ft (1087 m), and in Ceylon, above about 4000 ft (1220 m)"

high-fired
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "(self-explanatory)"

As defined by: General Information
   "Over-fired but not bakey (or burnt)"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A burnt tea but not one so badly fired as to be called burnt; results from keeping tea in dryer at 200 degrees"

hon-cha
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The Japanese name for tea which has been refined to remove old leaves, stalks and dust; see also ara-cha"

huang-cha
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The Chinese name for the traditional Chinese green tea; literaly, yellow tea"

hungry
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Lacking cup character"

hutsite
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "An area of soil at one time used as an enclosure for livestock or for human habitation; the soil is, in consequence, alkaline or only feebly acid so the pH level is too high for tea"

hyson
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Chinese for 'flourishing spring,' a make of China and other green teas in the 18th century; the name was also applied to the tea drink"

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