The above picture (you can always press on the pictures to enlarge) shows three leafs I took from a single bunch of Bao Zhong (Pouchong).
- The top-left leaf is some 80% dark with the rest light green - see tip.
- The middle leaf is apart from looking out of place (it should be!) is light green with hints of dark green.
- The bottom leaf is dark green. And if you like could be named "standard".
If you observe all these kinds of leafs together in your Bao Zhong (Pouchong) it usually means that not much care was given during the making of the tea - so I think.
However, remember TASTING is all that really matters!
Leaf reading is not exact science... ;-)Here are some of the possible reasons for this phenomena. If you think of more reasons or disagree, please don't hesitate to let me know - I am trying to get a conversation going on... .
Different moist levels in the leafs. This usually suggests that the leafs are "standard" i.e. up to 5 leafs were taken rather then top two.
Withering problems. The leafs are turned over regularly, maybe they handled too many leafs and some leafs never got the light they deserve.
Pan fire temperature might be too low. In addition, the panning machine might have had more leafs then it can handle. Hence some leafs did not get cooked properly.
Because there is not much 'Harmony' in the leaf/leafs, don't expect to have much when you taste it. Leafs that usually looks like this will be more sour and feel "not right".
Any comments appreciated.