Category Definitions

Ready to Drink (RTD)

This overall category is defined as a single strength pre-bottled or packaged liquid drink that requires no further brewing or preparation. Submissions must be a minimum of 6 bottles (packages) in full case quantities.

Commercial Fresh Brewed

This overall category is defined as dry tea in either open brew fraction packs or filter packs to be brewed on commercial iced tea equipment and sold in cases to foodservice customers. Tea will be brewed at either 1.5 gallon (192oz, 5,678ml) or 3.0 gallon (384oz, 11,356ml) sizes on Wilbur Curtis equipment. Packs must be a minimum of 1oz (28g) and a maximum of 4oz (113g). Case counts must be a minimum of 20 count. Consumer retail tea bags (sachets), entries in tins, or product packaging in any way that does not meet the above definition will be automatically disqualified. This includes any bulk loose, home brew, pitcher brewed or cold brewed products. Commercial fresh brewed categories will be brewed on Wilbur Curtis equipment. It is imperative that each entry submit a calibration form to insure proper calibration and brewing of your submission. If none is provided default settings will be used. Submissions must be a full unopened case from stock product.

Bag-in-Box (BIB)

This overall category is defined as a liquid concentrate of any ratio that requires the addition of water to make a single strength, drinkable tea. This product must be packaged in a traditional bag-in-box with either a QCD or Scholle connection. Submissions to this category will be hand blended by Wilbur Curtis professionals according to submission’s ratio to create a 1 gallon (128oz, 3,785ml) finished single strength, drinkable volume with room temperature water and then judged over ice. Submissions must be a full BIB unopened case from stock product.

Instant Powder

This overall category is defined as soluble powder packaged as instant mix, cold brew, spray dried, or freeze dried where the soluble powder will dissolve with the addition of room temperature water by stirring or shaking. This category is for iced tea marketed beverages ONLY. (For hot tea soluble powders, please see single serve championship.) Product will be mixed with room temperature water, stirred or shaken and judged over ice. Submissions must be a full unopened case(s) from stock product.

Instant Concentrate

This overall category is defined as a liquid concentrate of any ratio that requires the addition of water to make a single strength, drinkable tea. This product must be packaged in a bottle or other liquid packaging (not Bag-in-Box) with a minimum size of a 32oz (946ml) and a maximum of 128oz (3,785ml). This category is for iced tea marketed beverages ONLY. Submissions to this category will be hand blended per submission’s ratio to create a half gallon (64oz, 1,892ml) finished single strength, drinkable volume with room temperature water and then judged over ice. Submissions must be a full unopened case from stock product.

Category: Flavored Black
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored black tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the black tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the black tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Black
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet black tea where notes of the black tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Black
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Golden brown to reddish brown to coppery in color. Medium to full body with mild astringency and an array of aromas and tastes.

Category: Flavored Green
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored green tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the green tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the green tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Green
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet green tea where notes of the green tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Green
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: If pan fired: Clear yellow to green in color. Flavor is buttery, smooth medium bodied and slightly astringent with distinctive pan fired notes. If steamed: Green to bright yellow. The infusion may have particulate and hazy (not clear). Flavor is fresh, medium to full bodied with grassy, briny notes; rich in brothy umami.

Category: Flavored Matcha
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Matcha
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Japanese matcha. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored matcha where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the matcha taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the matcha should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Matcha
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Matcha
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Japanese matcha. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet matcha where notes of the mactha are present and detectable.

Category: Matcha Straight
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Matcha
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Japanese matcha. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Intensely green with distinctive grassy vegetal flavor with no notes of raw astringency. The infusion may have particulate and hazy (not clear).

Category: Flavored Oolong
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Oolong
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from partially oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored oolong tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the oolong tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the oolong tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Oolong
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Oolong
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from partially oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet oolong tea where notes of the oolong tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Oolong
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Oolong
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from partially oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: If lightly oxidized: Clear green or golden color. Very aromatic with notes of fresh blooming flowers, pit fruits, nuts, and/or toasty characteristics. If heavily oxidized: deep golden yellow, amber or brown. Some particulate from final firing is acceptable, but should not be in excessive as to indicate a baked or aged tea. Very aromatic with notes of pit fruits, roasted grains, orchids, honey, chocolate and/or nuts. Smooth mouthfeel with deep and very lingering flavor and aroma.

Category: Flavored White
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: White
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from naturally oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored white tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the white tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the white tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened White
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: White
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from naturally oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet white tea where notes of the white tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight White
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: White
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from naturally oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Clear pale yellow in color. Particulates from the hairs of the unfurled leaf bud are acceptable. Velvety smooth sweet cup that is mild in flavor.

Category: Flavored Pu-erh/Dark
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Pu-erh/Dark
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea of any age or type that had undergone a secondary post manufacturing microbial fermentation step or aging process, whether aging is intentionally accelerated or not, processed from the leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored pu-erh/dark tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the pu-erh/dark tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the pu-erh/dark tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Pu-erh/Dark
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Pu-erh/Dark
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea of any age or type that had undergone a secondary post manufacturing microbial fermentation step or aging process, whether aging is intentionally accelerated or not, processed from the leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet pu-erh/dark tea where notes of the pu-erh/dark tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Pu-erh/Dark
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Pu-erh/Dark
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea of any age or type that had undergone a secondary post manufacturing microbial fermentation step or aging process, whether aging is intentionally accelerated or not, processed from the leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Amber to rich dark brown in color. Medium to full bodied cup with notes that are earthy, woody, reminiscent of damp autumn leaves, molasses, and/or hints of spice. Little to no astringency.

Category: Flavored Herbal/Tisane
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored herbal/tisane tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend.

Category: Sweetened Herbal/Tisane
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet herbal/tisane tea where notes of the herbal/tisane tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Herbal/Tisane
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: A wide range of colors, aromas and taste. Because of this, this category will be judged on the merits of the individual botanical submitted. Each botanical will be judged on the aroma and color expected from botanical submitted.

Category: Flavored Rooibos
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) and/or honeybush. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored rooibos tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the rooibos tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the rooibos tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Rooibos
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet rooibos tea where notes of the rooibos tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Rooibos
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: If red rooibos: Medium bodied earthy tea that is naturally sweet with notes of honey. A clean finish with no astringency with mineral notes that linger. If green rooibos: Woody, grassy cup that is sweeter than red rooibos. Bright herbaceous aroma and taste with a hint of sweet pea. If honeybush: Sweeter and fuller bodied cousin of rooibos. Rich earthy brew with sweet honey overtones with hints of dark plum.

Category: Kombucha Tea - Unflavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Any variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverage made from primarily Camellia sinensis, any type of sugar & Kombucha SCOBY (starter liquid and/or culture) without the use of pasteurization. There are no restrictions on alcohol levels. May NOT contain flavoring agents, other botanicals, or probiotics.
Infusion: Well-balanced kombucha can range in flavor from lightly sweet to sour.

Category: Kombucha Tea - Flavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Any variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverage made from primarily Camellia Sinensis, any type of sugar & Kombucha SCOBY (starter liquid and/or culture) without added probiotics or the use of pasteurization. There are no restrictions on alcohol levels. Must contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile; not to exceed 20% by volume.
Infusion: Well-balanced kombucha can range in flavor from lightly sweet to sour. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol.

Category: Kombucha Drink - Unflavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Any variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverage made from any type of herb other than tea (Camellia sinensis) or coffee (any species of Coffea) any type of sugar source including honey & Kombucha SCOBY (starter liquid and/or culture) and without the use of pasteurization. There are no restrictions on alcohol levels. May NOT contain flavoring agents, or probiotics.
Infusion: Well-balanced kombucha can range in flavor from lightly sweet to sour.

Category: Kombucha Drink - Flavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Any variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverage made from any type of herb other than tea (Camellia sinensis) or coffee (any species of Coffea) any type of sugar source including honey & Kombucha SCOBY (starter liquid and/or culture without added probiotics or the use of pasteurization. There are no restrictions on alcohol levels. Must contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile; not to exceed 20% by volume.
Infusion: Well-balanced kombucha can range in flavor from lightly sweet to sour. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol.

Category: Kombucha Pasteurized - Unflavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Any variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverage made from any type of tea Camellia sinensis) or herb other than coffee (any species of Coffea) any type of sugar source including honey & Kombucha SCOBY (starter liquid and/or culture) that went through a pasteurization process. There are no restrictions on alcohol levels. May NOT contain flavoring agents, or probiotics.
Infusion: Well-balanced kombucha can range in flavor from lightly sweet to sour.

Category: Kombucha Pasteurized - Flavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Any variety of fermented, lightly effervescent beverage made from any type of tea Camellia sinensis) or herb other than coffee (any species of Coffea) any type of sugar source including honey & Kombucha SCOBY (starter liquid and/or culture) that went through a pasteurization process. There are no restrictions on alcohol levels. Must contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile; not to exceed 20% by volume.
Infusion: Well-balanced kombucha can range in flavor from lightly sweet to sour. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol.

Category: With Probiotics - Unflavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Tea, Herbal/Tisane, Rooibos, or Kombucha that is fortified with added probiotic strains.
Infusion: Well-balanced drink.

Category: With Probiotics - Flavored
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Tea, Herbal/Tisane, Rooibos, or Kombucha that is fortified with added probiotic strains. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile.
Infusion: Well-balanced drink. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes

Category: Flavored Carbonated
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea leaves of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers. Must be carbonated.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored carbonated beverage where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored beverage. Though the tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the tea should be present and detectable.

Category: Sweetened Carbonated
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea leaves of `Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers. Must be carbonated.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet carbonated tea where notes of the tea are present and detectable.

Category: Carbonated Straight
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea leaves of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers. Must be carbonated.
Infusion: Well-balanced carbonated tea beverage.

Category: Flavored Cold Brew
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea leaves of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers. Product must be sold and labeled as a cold brew product, and the method of extracting the tea was done via a cold brew method.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored cold brew tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored beverage. Though the tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Cold Brew
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea leaves of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers. Product must be sold and labeled as a cold brew product, and the method of extracting the tea was done via a cold brew method.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet cold brew tea tea where notes of the tea are present and detectable.

Category: Cold Brew Straight
Format: Ready-to-Drink (RTD)
Tea Base Type: Any
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from tea leaves of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers. Product must be sold and labeled as a cold brew product, and the method of extracting the tea was done via a cold brew method.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out cold brew tea.

Category: Flavored Black
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored black tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the black tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the black tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Black
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet black tea where notes of the black tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Black
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Golden brown to reddish brown to coppery in color. Medium to full body with mild astringency and an array of aromas and tastes.

Category: Flavored Green
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored green tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the green tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the green tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Green
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet green tea where notes of the green tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Green
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: If pan fired: Clear yellow to green in color. Flavor is buttery, smooth medium bodied and slightly astringent with distinctive pan fired notes. If steamed: Green to bright yellow. The infusion may have particulate and hazy (not clear). Flavor is fresh, medium to full bodied with grassy, briny notes; rich in brothy umami.

Category: Flavored Herbal/Tisane/Rooibos
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical/Rooibos
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored herbal/tisane tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend.

Category: Sweetened Herbal/Tisane/Rooibos
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical/Rooibos
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet herbal/tisane tea where notes of the herbal/tisane tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Herbal/Tisane/Rooibos
Format: Bag-in-Box (BIB)
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical/Rooibos
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: A wide range of colors, aromas and taste. Because of this, this category will be judged on the merits of the individual botanical submitted. Each botanical will be judged on the aroma and color expected from botanical submitted.

Category: Flavored Black
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Fully oxidized leaf of any grade that is flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored black tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the black tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the black tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Black (Single Origin)
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Fully oxidized leaf of any grade from one single origin that contains no other botanical.
Infusion: Infusion is golden brown to reddish brown to coppery in color. Medium to full body with mild astringency and an array of aromas and tastes.

Category: Flavored Green
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Green tea leaf (steamed or pan fired) of any grade that is flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored green tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the green tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the green tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Green (Single Origin)
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Green tea leaf of any grade that is either first processed by steam to de-enzyme the leaf OR pan fired to de-enzyme the leaf. Leaf is often of varying sizes, styles and colors of green to yellow-green.
Infusion: If steamed: Infusion is medium-bodied with grassy and briny flavor notes. Tea should have some umami brothy character. If pan fired: Infusion is pale to golden-yellow in color with distinctive pan fired toasty notes.

Category: Flavored Oolong
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Oolong
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Semi-oxidized leaf of any grade or leaf style that is flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored oolong tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the oolong tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the oolong tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Oolong (Single Origin)
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type:
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Semi-oxidized leaf of any grade or leaf style.
Infusion: If lightly oxidized: Clear green or golden color. Very aromatic with notes of fresh blooming flowers, pit fruits, nuts, and/or toasty characteristics. If heavily oxidized: deep golden yellow, amber or brown. Some particulate from final firing is acceptable, but should not be in excessive as to indicate a baked or aged tea. Very aromatic with notes of pit fruits, roasted grains, orchids, honey, chocolate and/or nuts. Smooth mouthfeel with deep and very lingering flavor and aroma.

Category: Flavored White
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: White
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: White tea of any grade that is flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored white tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the white tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the white tea should be present and detectable. Particulate is acceptable from the hairs of the buds.

Category: White (Single Origin)
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: White
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Naturally oxidized leaf of any grade from one single origin that contains no other botanical. Processing method must follow classical styles. Leaves are not processed by firing or rolling, but by withered controls and gentle oven, cool drying and/or sun drying techniques, alone or in combination.
Infusion: Infusion is clear pale yellow in color. Particulates from the hairs of the unfurled leaf bud are acceptable. Velvety smooth sweet cup that is mild in flavor.

Category: Flavored Pu-erh/Dark
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Pu-erh/Dark
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Tea of any age or type that has undergone a secondary post manufacturing microbial fermentation step or aging process, whether aging is intentionally accelerated or not. Must be flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored pu-erh/dark tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the pu-erh/dark tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the pu-erh/dark tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Pu-erh/Dark (Single Origin)
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Pu-erh/Dark
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Tea of any age or type that has undergone a secondary post manufacturing microbial fermentation step or aging process, whether aging is intentionally accelerated or not.
Infusion: Infusion is amber to rich dark brown in color. Medium to full bodied cup with notes that are earthy, woody, reminiscent of damp autumn leaves, molasses, and/or hints of spice. Little to no astringency.

Category: Flavored Herbal/Tisane
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Herbal/tisane leaf of any grade that is flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals. Blend cannot contain Camellia sinensis or Rooibos (green or red) or Honeybush. Blend must be caffeine free.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored herbal/tisane where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend.

Category: Herbal/Tisane (Single Origin)
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical/Rooibos
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Herbal tea or tisane using only a single botanical other than Camellia sinensis whether caffeine free or not. (e.g. Rooibos, Honeybush, Chamomile, Yerba Mate, Hibiscus, Tulsi, Mint, etc.)
Infusion: A wide range of infusion colors, aromas and taste. Because of this, this category will be judged on the merits of the individual botanical submitted. Each botanical will be judged on leaf manufacture, infusion, aroma and color expected from botanical submitted.

Category: Flavored Rooibos
Format: Commercial Fresh Brewed
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Rooibos (green, red, or honeybush) of any grade that is flavored using a flavoring agent or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored rooibos where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the rooibos taste may not be in the forefront; notes of rooibos should be present and detectable. 

Category: Flavored Black
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored black tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the black tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the black tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Black
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet black tea where notes of the black tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Black
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Black
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Golden brown to reddish brown to coppery in color. Medium to full body with mild astringency and an array of aromas and tastes.

Category: Flavored Green
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored green tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the green tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the green tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Green
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet green tea where notes of the green tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Green
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: If pan fired: Clear yellow to green in color. Flavor is buttery, smooth medium bodied and slightly astringent with distinctive pan fired notes. If steamed: Green to bright yellow. The infusion may have particulate and hazy (not clear). Flavor is fresh, medium to full bodied with grassy, briny notes; rich in brothy umami.

Category: Flavored Matcha
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Matcha
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Japanese matcha. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored soluble matcha where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the matcha taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the matcha should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Matcha
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Matcha
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Japanese matcha. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet soluble matcha where notes of the matcha are present and detectable.

Category: Matcha Straight
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Matcha
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Japanese matcha. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Intensely green with distinctive grassy vegetal flavor with no notes of raw astringency.

Category: Flavored Herbal/Tisane
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored herbal/tisane tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend.

Category: Sweetened Herbal/Tisane
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet herbal/tisane tea where notes of the herbal/tisane tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Herbal/Tisane
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush.
Infusion: A wide range of colors, aromas and taste. Because of this, this category will be judged on the merits of the individual botanical submitted. Each botanical will be judged on the aroma and color expected from botanical submitted.

Category: Flavored Rooibos
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) and/or honeybush. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored rooibos tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the rooibos tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the rooibos tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Rooibos
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet rooibos tea where notes of the rooibos tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Rooibos
Format: Instant Soluble Powder
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) or honeybush.
Infusion: If red rooibos: Medium bodied earthy tea that is naturally sweet with notes of honey. A clean finish with no astringency with mineral notes that linger. If green rooibos: Woody, grassy cup that is sweeter than red rooibos. Bright herbaceous aroma and taste with a hint of sweet pea. If honeybush: Sweeter and fuller bodied cousin of rooibos. Rich earthy brew with sweet honey overtones with hints of dark plum.

Category: Flavored Black
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored black tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the black tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the black tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Black
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Black
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet black tea where notes of the black tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Black
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Black
Leaf: Must be derived from the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Golden brown to reddish brown to coppery in color. Medium to full body with mild astringency and an array of aromas and tastes.

Category: Flavored Green
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored green tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the green tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the green tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Green
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet green tea where notes of the green tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Green
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Green
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from streamed or pan fired green tea leaf of Camellia sinensis. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: If pan fired: Clear yellow to green in color. Flavor is buttery, smooth medium bodied and slightly astringent with distinctive pan fired notes. If steamed: Green to bright yellow. The infusion may have particulate and hazy (not clear). Flavor is fresh, medium to full bodied with grassy, briny notes; rich in brothy umami.

Category: Flavored Herbal/Tisane
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored herbal/tisane tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend.

Category: Sweetened Herbal/Tisane
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet herbal/tisane tea where notes of the herbal/tisane tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Herbal/Tisane
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Herbal/Tisane/Botanical
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from one or more botanicals other than Camellia sinensis, whether caffeine free or not. May not contain rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: A wide range of colors, aromas and taste. Because of this, this category will be judged on the merits of the individual botanical submitted. Each botanical will be judged on the aroma and color expected from botanical submitted.

Category: Flavored Rooibos
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) and/or honeybush. May contain flavoring agents or other botanicals to make up flavor profile. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well balanced, thought-out flavored rooibos tea where the flavoring is not distracting and enhances the tea experience. Flavoring agent should not give off notes that are medicinal, chemical, perfumey or have notes of alcohol. When other botanicals are used, each should have a reason for being part of the flavored blend. Though the rooibos tea taste may not be in the forefront; notes of the rooibos tea should be present and detectable. 

Category: Sweetened Rooibos
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, high intensity sweeteners, or any other natural and/or artificial sweetener. May NOT contain flavoring agents or other botanicals. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: Well-balanced sweet rooibos tea where notes of the rooibos tea are present and detectable.

Category: Straight Rooibos
Format: Instant Liquid Concentrate
Tea Base Type: Rooibos/Honeybush
Country of Origin: Any
Leaf: Must be derived from Rooibos (green or red) or honeybush. May contain shelf stabilizers and/or acidifiers.
Infusion: If red rooibos: Medium bodied earthy tea that is naturally sweet with notes of honey. A clean finish with no astringency with mineral notes that linger. If green rooibos: Woody, grassy cup that is sweeter than red rooibos. Bright herbaceous aroma and taste with a hint of sweet pea. If honeybush: Sweeter and fuller bodied cousin of rooibos. Rich earthy brew with sweet honey overtones with hints of dark plum.