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Orange Pekoe
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Orange Pekoe

  The term Orange Pekoe is used in the tea industry to describe a basic medium grade black tea consisting of many single whole tea leaves of a specific size; however, it is usually used in popular Western culture to describe any generic black tea, or in some cases, even a specific variety of black tea. Black teas to be graded in this system must be obtained from new flushes, which are the terminal leaf bud along with a few of the youngest tea leaves. Grading is based solely on the size of the individual leaves and flushes, which is determined by their ability to fall through screens of specific meshes ranging from 8–30 mesh. This parameter also determines loosely the wholeness, or level of breakage, of each leaf, which is also part of the grading system. Although the grading system is not an indicator of quality, the size of the leaves will, more often than not, influence the taste and clarity of the resulting brew.[7] Black teas of the basic grade (Orange Pekoe) are highly fragrant, with strong floral and fruity aromas, as well as a pleasant woody note. The taste should be slightly bitter with no astringency, and a sweet aftertaste.

1.Bring the water to a boil, put the tea and ground cardamom in a teapot and pour the water over the tea.

2.Let the tea steep for 5 minutes, then discard the tea bags and let the tea cool to lukewarm.

3.Fill four 12 ounce highball glasses half-way to the rim with crushed ice and then fill two-thirds full with tea.

4.Into each glass, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup evaporated milk or half and half. Mix well.

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