Varietal vs. Cultivar vs. Clone

Botanical Illustration Camellia SinensisIn my 8 short years of becoming a tea nerd, I find myself constantly looking up the meaning of certain terms used within the industry.  I think my favorite term is “flush” but that’s because I have the maturity level of a 6th grade boy.  Thankfully, after a discussion at World Tea Expo 2013 with some of my favorite tea nerds, it turns out I’m not the only one that is confused by the terms: Varietal, Cultivar and Clone.  If you, like me, enjoy clarity and sounding uppity about tea, this is the article for you!  And a huge thank you to Michael Coffey (a.k.a. The Tea Geek) for providing the insight and wisdom!  –Naomi Rosen


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