Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TWININGS Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea

Pure black tea expertly blended with a subtle hint of citrus flavor and aroma of fresh succulent grass on a summer day.
20 count $2.99, it also comes loose. 
 You will see my do an happy dance in the Amish scratch and dent store if I find these Twinings tea in loose.  I am discovering I really like Twinings tea!  I was again able to find a box of 20 for $1.00 at the scratch and dent store in Kidron.   http://www.experience-ohio-amish-country.com/salvage-stores.html If you want me to look for teas while I am there, just let me know!   I really enjoyed the Orange Pekoe.  I have also learned that Orange Pekoe refers to the grade of the leaf, it DOES NOT have orange in the tea,

ORANGE PEKOE....
Orange pekoe also spelled pecco, or OP is a term used in the Western tea trade to describe a particular genre of black teas (orange pekoe grading). Despite a purported Chinese origin, these grading terms are typically used for teas from Sri Lanka, India and countries other than China; they are not generally known within Chinese-speaking countries. The grading system is based upon the size of processed and dried black tea leaves.
The tea industry uses the term orange pekoe to describe a basic, medium-grade black tea consisting of many whole tea leaves of a specific size; however, it is popular in some regions (such as North America) to use the term as a description of any generic black tea (though it is often described to the consumer as a specific variety of black tea).Within this system, the teas that receive the highest grades are obtained from new flushes (pickings).This includes the terminal leaf bud along with a few of the youngest leaves. Grading is based on the 'size' of the individual leaves and flushes, which is determined by their ability to fall through the screens of special meshes ranging from 8–30 mesh. This also determines the 'wholeness', or level of breakage, of each leaf, which is also part of the grading system. Although these are not the only factors used to determine quality, the size and wholeness of the leaves will have the greatest influence on the taste, clarity, and brewing time of the tea.
When used outside the context of black-tea grading, the term "pekoe" (or, occasionally, orange pekoe) describes the unopened terminal leaf bud (tips) in tea flushes. As such, the phrases "a bud and a leaf" or "a bud and two leaves" are used to describe the "leafiness" of a flush; they are also used interchangeably with pekoe and a leaf or pekoe and two leaves.
Pekoe tea is a fine grade of tea which includes young tea leaves and buds. The tea once handled and brewed has "a rich forest-like scent with a hint of bitterness and a sweet finish."
From Twinings website:
Ceylon Tea comes from the country that today is known as Sri Lanka. Twinings Ceylon tea is made using the finest quality high grown teas from the Dimbula region in western Sri Lanka. In the 1870s, Ceylon became a major tea producing area after the coffee crop failed. Its tea is still referred to as "Ceylon" despite the country changing its name to Sri Lanka in 1972 following independence. Ceylon is ideal to drink at any time of day and is great for ice tea too. Drink black, with a little milk and sweeten to taste.

Ingredients: Black Tea

Love my $8.95 tea timer from Teavana!!!   http://tea.teavana.com/?keyword=tea%20timer   Teavana is owned by Starbucks, and my sister just told me that you can use your Starbucks gift cards here!!  Look on the screen it says that it is keeping time for oolong or black- how sweet is that?

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