Ceylon Green Tea Grades

There is no uniform grading system for green teas, but the better quality green consists of a leaf and bud, then two leaves and a bud and so on. Some common green tea leaf terms are:

Gunpowder: (also called Pearl tea) young leaves and buds are rolled tightly into pellets which unfurl in the cup.

Imperial: loosely rolled pellets made from older leaves.

Young Hyson: young leaves rolled long and thin.