The "orange" in Orange Pekoe is not a fruit. In the tea industry, "Orange Pekoe" is a term used in grading tea leaves, specifically as it relates to the size or "cut" of black tea. These are the newer, smaller leaves of the plant. It's a grading that reflects quality, hand-plucked tea.
It's not definitive, but one legend suggest the term originates from the Dutch House of Orange-Nassau, now the royal family. The Dutch East India Company was influential in spreading tea to Europe and may have branded it as “Orange” to make the association with the House of Orange. Or alternatively, it may originate from the copper color of the oxidized black tea.
Organic black tea
some buzz, 1/2 cup of coffee
Use 15oz filtered water per sachet.
Pour fulling boiling water over sachet.
Steep 4 minutes.
Experience our whole leaf Orange Pekoe for a whole new take on your daily cuppa’ black tea. This special large-leaf orange pekoe delivers a rich, complex flavor. It’s sweet with a tangy finish.
If using milk try a longer steep - up to 7 minutes - before adding the milk.
Like all black tea, Assam requires a high brewing temperature in order to bring out the full, nuanced flavor. Make sure your water’s boiling, and step away from the microwave!