About Orange Pekoe
: 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.
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