Orange Pekoe Tea originates from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). It owes its name to the bright orange colour of the unbroken leaves in the finished tea.
Sri Lanka is a very mountainous country. Therefore, the quality of the tea that is produced there varies depending on the altitude where it is grown. Even though most of the Ceylon Black Tea comes from the highlands, the Sri Lankans still divided their tea into 3 categories – low-grown tea, medium-grown tea and high-grown tea. The lower the altitude, the stronger the tea. Accordingly, the higher the area, the more gentle the tea is going to be.
Orange Pekoe tea is grown at high altitudes. That is why this tea type is known for its fine refreshing flavour. It is considerably lighter than other Sri Lankan teas, thus it is recommended to drink it black. However, if brewed strong, a splash of milk may also be an option.
Enjoy a cup of this refined Ceylon Black Tea!
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka as the country is called nowadays, was a British colony. Tea has been very popular in Britain for several centuries. The climate in Sri Lanka is very suitable for growing tea trees. That is why a number of tea plantations appeared in Ceylon in the late 19th century. It was actually quite extraordinary because before that time Ceylon used to be a coffee-growing nation. However, in order to please their colonisers and boost their own economy, the Sri Lankan switched to tea production. And now Ceylon Black Tea is world famous!
The Sri Lankans grow their tea mostly in the highlands, situated in the south of the country.
There are 4 regions of tea production in Ceylon: Kandy, Dimbula, Uva and Nuwara Eliya. These regions are also distinguishable by their altitude. Consequently, the Sri Lankans developed three groups for tea depending on the altitude in the area where it is grown. So, there is high-grown tea (usually coming from Nuwara Eliya), medium-grown tea (usually coming from Uva or Dimbula) and low-grown tea (from Kandy). As a rule, one can say that the lower the altitude, the stronger the tea. On the other hand, the higher the region, the more delicate and sweet the tea!
The most popular Ceylon Black Tea type is the Orange Pekoe Tea. Bedford Tea is proud to be able to offer you this tea.
Additionally, Orange Pekoe Tea is very good on its own. However, it is a very important component of some legendary tea blends. For instace, this type of Ceylon Black Tea is one of the crucial ingredients in our Organic Loose Leaf English Breakfast Tea. Should you wish to try this classic English blend, that contains only organic ingredients, please do not hesitate to do so!
Orange Pekoe tea is so gentle and refined, that it will charm every tea lover! However, we think you will be even more pleased to learn that following your teatime while tasting this wonderful tea you won’t have to wash your teapot! Our Tea Accessories are there to solve this problem for you!
Orange Pekoe Tea
Tea type: Loose Leaf Black Tea
Country: Sri Lanka
Ingredients: Black tea
2g/200ml 100 °C 3-5 minutes