Orange Pekoe (Ceylon & India)

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Orange Pekoe (Ceylon & India)

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

Also known as Orange Pekoe, this classic blend of strong Assam and brisk Ceylon, produces a satisfying cup. A traditional staple in many households, John drinks this tea whenever he needs a comforting cup.

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(21 reviews) on

I had this in a bag last night at Disney Hall. It's one of the best bag teas I've had. Nice malty taste, nothing bitter about it. I'll have to try the loose version.
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Reviewer pic86 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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One of the best black tea blends I've tried that hasn't been in a more specific style. Enigmatic, this tea constantly defied description. I also found it versatile, able to take on different characters based on how I brewed it.

The dry leaf of this is potently aromatic and commands my attention, spicy with strong cinnamon notes, also fruity and sweet; it's so fruity and spicy that it smells more like a flavored tea.

When I brew it, it initially starts smelling different...at first it smells a lot like a Darjeeling or other light Himalayan teas, fresh, clean, cooling. But after it's steeped a full three minutes and I start to sip it, notes of wintergreen and toasty, bitter chocolate come out.

Blending tea as an art or practice, can go in two totally different directions: it can homogenize teas, achieving a standardized, often bland quality. But this tea highlights what I see as the true benefit or strength of blending: it can add great complexity, creating a rich landscape of different aromatic notes.

My one disappointment, this was a bit of a one-hit-wonder: although this tea can be resteeped, the aromatic complexity is gone, the resulting cup has a simple and rather flat aroma, although its flavor is still pleasant.

I preferred making a single steep of as long as 5 minutes (longer and it becomes too astringent). Alternatively, using more leaf than normal, and steeping 3 minutes brings out the aroma best.

Great price too for a tea of this quality!
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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(66 reviews) on

I bought these sachets for when I go out for breakfast. I have a usual place I go to on Saturdays. That restaurant only has Lipton (fannings grade). I prefer a full leaf tea, and this does the job nicely. Good flavor and easy to take along.
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