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samban-cha
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Japanese for 'third tea,' or 'third plucking'"

san-chun
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Chinese for 'third spring' or 'third plucking'"

sandy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Containing sand"

sappy
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Full juicy liquor"

saturation deficit
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The difference between the saturated vapor pressure at a given temperature and the actual vapor pressure at the same temperature"

scale leaf
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The first and very small leaf which appears on a new stem after it has emerged from an axillary bud"

scented orange pekoe
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A highly scented China Souchong tea"

scented tea
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "see 'pouchong tea'"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Made in China and Formosa by introducing jasmine, gardenia, or yulan blossoms during the firing and packing process"

scheme plucking
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "Each plucker is allocated an area of tea which she, and she alone, plucks on each occasion plucking is due"

scorched
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Associated with dryness"

seed-at-stake
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "Planting a field of tea by planting one or more seeds in the field at the sites which will be occupied by the mature plants"

self-drinking
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Palatable in itself, not requiring blending"

sencha
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Name given to the ordinary export teas of Japan"

sen-cha
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The Japanese name for the tea manufactured by steaming leaves from plants grown without shade; see also 'gyokuro,' 'ban-cha,' and 'kabuse-cha'"

shelly
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Shell-like appearance"

shoot replacement cycle
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The period between the release of a bud from apical dominance by harvesting a flush and the maturity (for plucking) of the stem formed from the bud"

shoot water potential
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The osmotic pressure of the water within the tissue of a plant"

shotty
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Well-made souchong"

Siberian tea
As defined by: The Romance of Tea
   "[Ukers, 1936] Both loose and brick teas are enjoyed; Mongols and other Tartar tribes make a kind of soup from powdered brick tea, which they boil with alkaline steppe water, salt and fat; then they strain it and mix with milk, butter, and roasted meal."

silky
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Smooth and soft texture"

silver tip
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Silver instead of golden tip"

silvery oolong
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A specially plucked Foochow Oolong, prepared from the delicate whitish leaf of the first flush"

silvery tip
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "(self-explanatory)"

singlo
As defined by: A Time For Tea
   "In the 17th Century, anglicised name for hilly where green tea was grown, eventually used for both green and black teas, and, finally, for teas of poorest quality"

skiffing
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A prune at a high level, which will remove knotted and congested stems and permit flushing to resume after only a short interval"

slatey
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Describes colour"

slendang
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Malay for the duck bag used by pluckers in Java and Sumatra"

small
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Smaller size than normal"

small bulk
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Small leaf tea during manufacture"

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

As defined by: General Information
   "Mainly caused by leaks around the dryer heating tubes"

smoky
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Term used to describe liquor which tastes of smoke; also referred to as 'tarry'"

soft
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Opposite of brisk"

As defined by: General Information
   "The opposite of briskness and lacking any 'live' characteristic, caused by inefficient fermentation and/or firing"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Under fermented"

soggy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Heavy dull liquor"

soil water capacity
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The amount of water in a soil which is available for plants when the soil is fully saturated; the difference between field capacity and permanent wilting point"

soil water deficit
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "the difference between the maximum water-holding capacity of a soil (field capacity) and the actual level of water in the soil"

sorting
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The physical separation of manufactured tea from the drier exit into the various size grades and the removal of unwanted material, particularly stems and fibre"

souchong
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Chinese for 'all kind,' or little sort; the original souchong tea was made from a small bush whose leaves were permitted to develop to an abnormal size; hence large leaf, black teas are known as Souchongs"

sowmee
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A small-leaf grade of China tea"

sow-mee
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A grade of Chinese tea having a fine curling shape, and manufactured from small leaves and a bud"

spicy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Character suggestive of spices"

spider leaf Japans
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "So known because of their long, thin shapes"

spongy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Flat - flaky"

spring teas
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Formosa teas picked in the April-May season"

squeeze
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Originally, the commission which Chinese servants charged their masters on purchases; now, any kind of irregular tax or peculation"

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

stalk & fibre
As defined by: General Information
   "Should be minimal in primary or top grades, but generally unavoidable in the lower grades of an assortment"

stalky
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Excessive stalk"

standing up
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "In tea tasting, a tea is said to 'stand up' when it holds its original color and flavor"

stand-out
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Liquor above the average"

stewed
As defined by: General Information
   "A soft liquor with an undesirable taste caused by faulty firing at low temperatures and often insufficient air flow; lacks point"

stewed/stewy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Incorrectly fired"

stewy
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Soft liquor, lacking point"

strecker degradation
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A reaction between an amino acid and a dicarbonyl compound, which results in the production of a new odiferous aldehyde by decarboxylation and deamination of the amino acid"

strength
As defined by: General Information
   "Substance in cup"

As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Thick liquor, pungent and brisk"

strength/strong
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Substance in liquor"

string teas
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "South China teas made into Oolongs"

stump
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A seedling which remains in the nursery for one to three years so that it forms a long sturdy tap root; when ready the plant is removed and cut 10 cm above ground level and 50 cm below to give a straight stick without leaves ready for planting in the field"

stylish
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Superior appearance"

sumatra
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Tea grown on the island of Sumatra; gradings and characteristics are similar to those of Java teas"

summer teas
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Formosa teas picked in the June-September season"

sweaty
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Unpleasant taste"

sweet
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A light, not undesirable liquor"

sweetish
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Term suggesting a taint"

sylhet
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Tea grown in the Sylhet district, Assam, Pakistan"

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