Orange Pekoe (organic)

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Black Tea
Black Teas
Sweet, Mineral, Wood, Earth
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 403 ml

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We’ve polled the entire country and this is, in fact, the perfect pekoe. The classic of all classics. The ultimate pick-me-up. The blend to turn to when you crave a good, honest cup of tea. Some say it evokes thoughts of warm comfort and familiar friends, others go off on tangents about doughnuts and red roses. Either way, everyone falls hard for this all-organic tea from top estates in Sri Lanka and Assam.

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64 Tasting Notes

601 tasting notes

Smooth mouth-feel. Pleasant astringency. Sweet hay notes near the end of the sip.

3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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65 tasting notes

Add milk and sugar, and it tastes like hugs. This is the most comforting tea in my cupboard, and the one I usually reach for most.

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Lol. You said it tasted like hugs! That’s so cute :)

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89 tasting notes

I grew up with two kinds of tea: Red Rose and Twinings Earl Grey. Every night around 7 p.m., my dad would ask everyone in the family if we’d like a cup of tea, and 99% of the time, I chose the Red Rose. So, I grew up with Orange Pekoe, and thus, I am very, very fond of this tea. It’s the flavour of Red Rose, tidied up and amplified. This is my hug-in-a-cup tea, and it suits all my wildly varying moods. Who doesn’t love Orange Pekoe, though?

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28 tasting notes

This is standard tea in my cupboard. I have it for those times when I just want tea, nothing special or fancy. I tend to have it with a hint of soymilk and raw cane sugar.
The tea is nothing particularly special. I find it lacks a little something…sort of empty or hollow tasting. It isn’t particularly full bodied, but it serves its purpose. I think its great to have on hand for those people who expect bagged orange pekoe (I don’t think we have any bagged tea anymore….).
I always refill the tin when it’s empty, but I don’t think I’ve ever craved this tea in an overwhelming way.

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Whoa… it’s like you read my mind and wrote a review for me! This is EXACTLY how I feel about this tea, it’s alright, but not spectacular. And I too have never really craved this tea…

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307 tasting notes

Day 81 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.

The tea has a nice full-bodied flavour to it, flowery with a bit of smoke. Probably one of my favourite straight blacks so far!

My mark for a good black tea is something that I can — and want to — drink with or without milk and sweetener. And this fits the bill. I tried it first plain, and had the rest of my first steep (which had by that time slightly oversteeped with milk and honey). It tasted wonderful both ways. The resteep wasn’t bad either. :)

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508 tasting notes

I got this one knowing that I love Orange Pekoe, but never having tried a loose-leaf version of the beloved staple tea.

This tea tastes basically the same as Red Rose, which is normally what I drink for Orange Pekoe, but I found with this one that the flavour was gentler. It wasn’t as much of a punch as others have been. Maybe if I had used more leaves, I would have gotten more of a punch of flavour, but I didn’t seem to get much with this one. It was nice and subtle. I definitely like the option of having an orange pekoe that’s a bit gentler.
I think I would get this again, but I think I’ll use up my other orange pekoes first before restocking.

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253 tasting notes

Really no scent coming from the leaves, let’s hope there’s more flavour than there is scent!

All-in-all, not bad, but it’s not blowing me out of the water either. I’m used to Red Rose and Tazo Awake tea so maybe my taste buds are off? There is the taste of a black tea with hints of roses, but it’s rather weak. I want this to wow me! To sweep me off into a lovely tea-induced coma! Sadly, it’s dropped the ball. Oh well, at least I tried it right?

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After living on Ceylon and Tetley Orange Pekoe for the majority of my tea-drinking years, I cannot believe how good a quality orange pekoe can be. Low tannins that didn’t leave my mouth dry (even though I love to leave the bags/ball in my cup for as long as possible). Smooth flavor, but not weak, and everything that a staple black tea should be. I’m saving my remaining cheap tea bags for kombucha brewing and iced tea in the summer. David’s Orange Pekoe is my new standby.

8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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5 tasting notes

The Orange Pekoe is one of my favorite, go-to loose leaf black teas. I’ve tried many other black teas but for some reason this one I always come back to. There really isn’t anything that exciting about it. Its a very straightforward, unexciting tea (maybe that’s secretly why I like it – out of all the hustle and bustle in my life, I crave something simple and straightforward?)

Dry, the leaves do not have a flavourful aroma. It has a fairly ‘leafy’ standard ‘tea’ smell. The pieces are made up of long, thin, wavy pieces of dried black tea leaves. Once brewed the leaves fully expand into large leaves.

My personal preference is to have this tea with milk and some honey. Even if I drink it just black, there are hints of sweetness you can taste. I drink Orange Pekoe regularly in the mornings as a substitute for coffee.

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This is one of those teas where you’re like, well it’s that classic black tea flavor but…why? I’d never drink this outside of this calendar. If I wanted to have OP I would just have a teabag, but generally nah, that is not what I want out of my tea.

That being said, it’s clearly a step above the usual but to me this is one of those teas for people who haven’t yet delved into things…because orange pekoe is not really a type of tea so the name just annoys me.

It’s a pretty color when it steeps though, but it’s just…boring. It’s just that classic black tea flavor when you don’t want to go into much work thinking about flavors.

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