Ceylon Orange Pekoe

8
Percentile
3 ratings
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Brand:Twinings
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Ceylon Orange Pekoe

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

...Our blend is created by carefully selecting the finest teas from the high-altitude district of Dimbula, which give this tea its bright, golden colour and crisp, refreshing taste.

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Reviewer pic64 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(150 reviews) on

Dry, this tea smells vaguely of cocoa and molasses. It's understated, but pleasant. While brewing, the aroma is of light brown sugar, but not heavy. The cocoa from earlier is still there, but less pronounced than I expected based on the initial aroma and experience with other Sri Lankan teas. There's a faint note of raisins.

The tea is surprisingly bitter and astringent for Sri Lankan tea. While most supermarket Ceylons were selected for mildness, that's not the case here. The mellow cocoa and sugary maltiness that are typical of Sri Lankan teas are present, so it's pretty recognizable as a Ceylon. The pronounced bitter astringency was unexpected, though, and perhaps a bit offputting. Bitterness seems to be a hallmark of Twinings tea, though, and perhaps intentionally so.

In short, I'm conflicted. The tea is much more flavorful and complex than other bagged teas that it's competing with, but it's somewhat more bitter than I would prefer.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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Good! Not particularly memorable, but good! I like the aroma! But it's just not as good as half of their other, popular black tea's.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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A classic British-style Ceylon tea. Medium-strength black tea with a fairly clean, cool taste. Moderate bitterness and astringency, little sourness. Maltier and deeper than some Ceylons.

Above average among Twinings offerings and better than what I typically expect from a tea bag. This is an example of a tea that Twinings does well.

I have continued to sample more of Twinings pure teas, and I keep coming back to this one as the gold standard. It is my favorite tea from Twinings and I have yet to try one that I like better than this, although their Irish Breakfast is not bad and certainly comes close. I strongly recommend this one over their English Breakfast; this one tastes as good as any mainstream English Breakfast tea to me.
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