Often misread as referring to the taste of the tea, the term "Orange Pekoe" has a rather intriguing history. The word "Pekoe" is a corruption of the Chinese words for "white tip", referring to the young, fresh tea leaves, while the inclusion of "Orange" refers to Holland's royal House of Orange. When this tea was first brought to Holland in the 19th century, market-savvy merchants added it on to suggest a royal warrant.
Orange Pekoe is an unbroken whole leaf tea with long wiry leaves – ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up. This Sri Lankan tea produces a good all round cuppa with a sweet finish. Brew by adding freshly boiled water to the loose tea leaves and infuse for 3-5 minutes.