An excellent everyday Tea and is among the most popular Teas in China. These thin, wavy leaves appear brown and black when dry. Once infused, the leaves turn green and produce a light cup with a smooth, mellow taste and a gentle, soothing aroma.
Orange Pekoe does not refer to a particular flavor, or even to a specific variety or quality of tea. "Orange" is from the Dutch Royal House of Orange - from back when the Dutch controlled the Tea Trade before the Brits got into the act. Teas of a certain quality were designated as Orange to mean that they were acceptable to the Dutch for trading purposes.
"Pekoe" (in Chinese pidgin) literally means "Large Leaf" and is a designation of Leaf Size, so "Orange Pekoe" is nothing more than a designation for teas of a certain quality and leaf size.
How to Prepare:
Use 2 teaspoons per 16 to 24 oz pot.
Use Very Hot (185º - 190ºF.) water.
Steep for 2 to 3 minutes
Caffeine: about 15mg per 8oz cup.