All About Ceylon Tea Ceylon Tea grades

OP (Orange Pekoe)

“Orange Pekoe” is a term used to grade the size and quality of dried black tea leaves.A tightly rolled long and wiry leaf grown from 2000 feet upwards in the central mountainous heartlands of Sri Lanka. The tea has a delicate
fragrance with a bright coppery colour when brewed, it has a sharp flavour with slightly citrus notes which leaves a sweetness behind.In the tea industry, tea leaf grading is the process of evaluating products based on the quality and condition of the tea leaves themselves. The highest grades are referred to as "orange pekoe"

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FBOP(Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)

Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe: Coarser and broken with some tips. From Assam, Ceylon(Sri Lanka), Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh. In South America coarser, black broken.A beautiful tea flecked with Gold and Silver grown up to 4000 feet, from the Southern coast up to the central hills.

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Pekoe

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.An elegant tea, well rolled in to a pearl shape which is grown on the low lying Western Slopes of Sri Lanka,

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BOP(Broken Orange Pekoe)

Broken Orange Pekoe: Main broken grade. Prevalent in Assam, Ceylon(Sri Lanka), Southern India, Java, and China.Its appearance is unique as the Tea leaves are fully open and are light and flaky to touch.is the next grade below Orange Pekoe which designates a broken leaf. Tippy, golden, and flowery or a combination of these terms may also be applied to this size of leaf. Thus a grade of 'TGBOP' is a Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe tea.

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Fannings

is smaller than BOP. This is a broken leaf about the size of a pin head.black infusion and an intense aroma. It has a brisk, bold flavour with a bit of sharpness for those craving a wake me up.

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Dust 

is the lowest grade of tea available if produced by CTC method of manufacturing and Dust if produced by the Orthodox Method. This size is literally the smallest broken pieces left after siftings, sometimes called the 'sweepings' and only used for tea bags.Commonly known in the Tea Makers kit as either a Pekoe Dust or Pekoe Fannings, they are the smallest leaves of Ceylon Tea available .

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