This contains shorter leaves than OP, often much less finer.
Flowery Pekoe (FP)
Leaves for this classification are rolled into balls.
Pekoe Souchong (PS)
Contains shorter, coarser leaves than P.
Most often this term is associated with China’s smoked teas and describes large leaves that are rolled raggedly lengthwise.
Broken Leaf Grades
Broken leaf grades are divided into many categories but can best be identified by the last three letters ‘BOP’ – meaning Broken Orange Pekoe. There are as many variations as for the leaf grade, but the letter meaning are the same i.e. GFBOP means Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe etc.
Fanning/Fines or Dust
These are made up of the finest siftings and are mainly used in blends for tea bags requiring a quick brew. Their presence is denoted by the letter ‘F’ for Fannings, e.g. BOPF – Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings, or ‘D’ for dust, e.g. PD – Pekoe Dust.