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Orange Pekoe Tea
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Orange Pekoe contains no oranges or orange flavouring. Don't feel bad, it's a common mistake the name comes from grade of tea consisting of large pieces or even whole leaves. What it does contain is full rolled leaves of high quality grade black tea. It is believed that Orange Pekoe gets its name from the Orange Trading Company and the word Pekoe from Chinese which words amoy or bai hwa, which describe the white characteristics of the leaves and the flowers. It is believed that the Orange Trading Company came up with a standard way to judge tea whole tea leave and this became the Orange Pekoe grading system. Many western countries use the term to refer to all types of black tea. Because Orange pekoe is a commonly used grade of tea and lower grades are used in common tea bags. There are seven higher grades of whole leaf tea, ending with the Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe which is the highest grade tea in the world. Black teas with an orange pekoe grade produce teas which tastes woody and slightly bitter, with a strong fruity and floral aromas and a rich copper red color with a full body with a well-balanced flavor. Our Orange Pekoe tea is sold as loose leaf; which means it is not packed in individual tea bags.
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