Acronym meanings

 Grades – Whole leaf –  Black Orthodox

 Some people say “FTGFOP” means “Far Too Good For Ordinary People” 


Orange Pekoe

Slightly delicate, long, wiry leaf with the light liquor. OPA Bold, long leaf tea which ranges from tightly wound to almost open.
OP Main grade, in the middle between OP1 and OPA, can consist of long wiry leaf without tips. OP Superior Primarily from Indonesia, similar to OP.

Flowery OP

High-quality tea with a long leaf and few tips, considered the second grade in Assam, Dooars, and Bangladesh teas, but the first grade in China. F OP1 With only the highest quality leaves in the FOP classification.

Golden Flowery OP1

Higher proportion of tip than FOP top grade in Milima and Marinyn regions, uncommon in Assam and Darjeeling. TGFOP

Tippy Golden F OP

The highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam.
TGFOP1 With only the highest quality leaves in the TGFOP classification FTGFOP

Finest TGF OP

Highest quality grade (Note: “Special” is occasionally substituted for “Finest”, with a number 1 at the end to indicate the very finest), often hand processed and produced at only the best plantations, roughly one quarter tips
SFTGFOP(1) Sometimes used to indicate the very finest.


PF Pekoe Fannings OP Orange Pekoe
BOP Broken Orange Pekoe GBOP Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
 FBOPF Ex. Spl. Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings (Extra
TGBOP Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe  GTGFBOP Golden Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange
BPS Broken Pekoe Souchong FOP Flowery Orange Pekoe
GFOP Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe TGFOP Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
FTGFOP Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe FTGFOP1 Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, grade 1
SFTGFOP1 Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe,
grade 1
Musc. Muscatel
Cl. Clonal Ch. China varietal
Qu. Queen Jat