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A classic, high-grade tea made from the youngest part of the tea leaves.

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Tasting Notes

Flavor: brisk, clean, biscuity, well balanced astringency and bitterness
Aroma: characteristic fresh and pungent with fragrant notes
Color: golden amber
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Orange Pekoe
Orange Pekoe

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Orange Pekoe

About Orange Pekoe

Tea Type : Black Tea

Orange Pekoe is perhaps the classic black tea in the European tradition. Less astringent than our English Breakfast, our Orange Pekoe is ideal anytime one would drink black tea. Enjoy Orange Pekoe with milk and sugar, with lemon, or straight.

The term “Orange Pekoe” can be confusing. It is often misused to designate an unflavored black tea. Orange Pekoe does not refer to a color or particular flavor, or even to a specific variety or quality or tea. Orange Pekoe is nothing more than a designation basis of grading tea leaf size. When used as a tea description, Orange Pekoe refers to the leaf size and indicates a whole, unbroken leaf.

In “fine” hand plucking, only the top two leaves and bud are picked. This top most “bud” is actually an unopened leaf. The first leaf, just under the bud is known as the pekoe leaf, and the second leaf from the bud is called the Orange Pekoe leaf. They are called “pekoe” from the Chinese word for white hair because the leaf is covered with silver down for two days after opening. (The 3rd, 4th and 5th leaves are called the Souchong leaves.)

As a result of the full manufacturing process, the final product is comprised of leaf particles of varying sizes. Teas designated OP are comprised of larger leaf particles. BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) designates a grade that is finer than OP. Grades finer than BOP are called fanning, PF for Pekoe fanning, and the smallest particles are referred to as dust. Dust grades are used primarily in lower priced teabags. This grading system is especially used in the countries of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kenya.

Steeping instructions

1. Heat water to 208˚F.
2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
3. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
4. Enjoy!

For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.

Tasting Notes

Flavor: brisk, clean, biscuity, well balanced astringency and bitterness
Aroma: characteristic fresh and pungent with fragrant notes
Color: golden amber


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Caffeine Content (Mg)

0 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41+
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  1. Carol S.
    Verified Buyer

    Chemical taste

    I was disappointed to detect a chemical taste to the tea. I think it is caused by the infuser. Although very cute in it's pyramid shape with a tiny tea leaf on the top, it is white, probably bleached, and that's what I taste. I took tea out of the infuser and put it in an unbleached tea filter bag and it tasted better but still not perfect. I think I'm sensitive to chemicals because I notice it in other foods also. If I were to buy again from your company, I would buy loose tea.

    04/22/18 | Van Nuys, CA
  2. Chris M.
    Verified Buyer

    I use this tea every morning, it is a great way to start your day!

    03/07/18 | LOWELLVILLE, OH
  3. Bhawna C.
    Verified Buyer

    Orange Peakoe

    Always one of my favorites and Tea Forte brings its excellence in teas continuing to please the palette. Rich and smooth flavor.

    02/28/18 | Niagara Falls, NY
  4. Linda C.
    Verified Buyer

    Nice Mellow Tea

    I like this tea but have decided I will now try the English Breakfast - for my first cup of tea in the morning I need a stronger tea.

    02/27/18 | Seattle, WA
  5. Teruyo N.
    Verified Buyer

    Orange Pekoe Tea

    Absolutely LOVE this tea. Everyday I have at least 2 cups. It is so satisfying!

    02/25/18 | Marriottsville, MD
  6. Xinran C.
    Verified Buyer

    Taste really good

    Surprisingly tastes really good.

    02/21/18 | Newark, DE
  7. Kimberly W.
    Verified Buyer

    Orange Pekoe


    02/11/18 | Holland, PA
  8. Steven M.
    Verified Buyer

    My wife absolutely loves this tea!

    We were introduced to Tea Forte on Celebrity Cruises last year, and my wife fell in love. I surprised her this past Christmas by ordering her two boxes and giving them to her as a gift. She was so excited to receive them. She tells everyone she knows that is a tea drinker how great this tea is. She still drinks other brands, wanting to save the “special tea”for home and special occasions. Her birthday is coming up...guess we’ll need more tea!

    02/11/18 | Quispamsis, Canada
  9. Kimberly D.
    Verified Buyer

    My New Favorite Tea

    I love this tea. It’s my new favorite black tea. 100% better than any supermarket brand. I enjoy my tea with Savanna Bee Company’s Tupelo Honey and half n half.

    02/11/18 | Philadelphia, PA
  10. Catherine S.
    Verified Buyer

    Orange Pekoe

    Our favorite! So smooth. No bitter after taste.

    09/06/17 | Mary Esther, FL
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