A quality Large Leaf Tea from Sri Lanka (Ceylon). This tea is an unbroken whole leaf tea with long wiry leaves. It produces a lighter and less astringent cuppa. Ceylon large leaf tea is best enjoyed black. However, if brewed strong it can certainly hold its own against a splash of milk.
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.