Orange Pekoe (organic)

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Black Tea
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Sweet, Mineral, Wood, Earth
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 13 oz / 386 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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68 Tasting Notes

644 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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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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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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514 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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67 tasting notes

The classics are classics for a reason. Ceylon tea is about comfort. I had memories of drinking this tea from several years ago. Back then, it literally dotted my tastebuds like a fine talcum powder.

The tea leaf itself is thin and wiry, yet fairly small.

I used the whole 6g sample to brew and made sure everything was steaming hot to extract as much tannin as possible. I did two steepings of 3 minutes each.

The result was a nice balanced tea that wasn’t bitter. Adjust the strength with a little water, if you need to.

Without milk, with sugar this tea has that little bit of tartness that you need from a black tea.

With milk, on the second steeping it moved closer to Assam.

I get some of that classic ceylon taste for sure.

This tea or Ceylon Supreme should be fine for a daily.

There are a lot of different Ceylon teas out there. For something different, go to a third party that sells a large number of Ceylons. But this should do for your daily cuppa. :)

If you take a look at this pic, you can see the brown twig like pieces that are from the tea leaf. In an ultra high grade OP tea these would be as long as possible and without any leaf attached. They would yield a most mild cup of Ceylon. It’s as much about factory prowess as growing conditions.

6 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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67 tasting notes

This is my favorite black tea. It’s incredible with a bit of cream and sugar. Love love love love.

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dependable, classic black tea. i prefer mine with about a table spoon of milk, and a teaspoon of sugar in the raw. Comfortable

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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