Orange Pekoe is one of the most loved terms in the tea trade. Contrary to popular belief, the term has nothing to do with the color or flavor orange. Orange Pekoe refers to a grading system in which tea leaves are separated by leaf size. Orange pekoe consists of whole new leaves and buds. The O.P. Grade is a high quality thin, wiry leaf that is quite tightly rolled. This grade is the highest grade given to manufactured tea. The characteristics of the tea leaf appear long, wiry and thin. When brewed its flavor has a delicate fragrance and tastes wonderfully delicious and the liquors are light and pale in color. These larger leaf grades tend to have more complex flavour profiles than their smaller graded cousins and typically can be enjoyed without milk.
High grown tea has a honey golden liquor that is light and considered to be one of the best tasting teas around the world due to its well-defined flavor, aroma and strength. Low grown tea has a burgundy brown liquor and a flavor which is rather strong. Mid grown teas have a strong, rich and full-bodied flavor. The medium sized black-brownish leaves, of this high grown Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea, produce a deep amber cup with a brisk, well-rounded, flowery taste. This is a tea that is comprised of teas from different growing areas, blended together to create a consistent, delicious taste profile year after year.
Our Ceylon Orange Pekoe is a fairly light bodied, naturally sweet black tea. These teas are grown in five different growing districts in Sri lanka. The high grown district districts are Dimbula, Nuwara Eliya, and Uva. Teas grown in these areas of 4000ft above sea level tend to be light and flavoursome. There are many different leaf grades in the tea world and they are graded according to leaf size.
The quintessential Ceylon tea. This well-balanced, bright tea is a classic thirst-quenching brew. Big, bright, golden leaves give a full-bodied, refreshing cup to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Works well black or with a splash of milk.
Brewing Guide: Brewing the best cup.1 teaspoon per cup. Freshly boiling water, brew your tea for 4 minutes, a good rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes for most black teas (depending on your preference for strength)and enjoy with or without milk.
Ceylon teas are best paired with foods such as breakfast meals (breads, eggs, smoked fish, bacon, etc.), light savory foods, meats, eggs, cream cheese, pastries and fruit, to name a few.