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Aug 4, 2012 01:06 PM

Where to find orange pekoe tea in envelopes in GTA?

My OCD tea box doesn't like the loose ones... I've been searching for a long time. Any brands or places to buy in the GTA? Thanking you in advance.

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  1. Ha, so strange. I am hosting a party and have looked EVERYWHERE for orange pekoe in envelopes. Nope. Couldnt find them, so I had to settle for the Tazo Awake tea as a black, non decaf offering.

    1. Red Rose is available in envelopes

      1. you could also look for Salada, Tetley, twinnings, Tim Hortons, any black tea really.

        Orange Pekoe is a grading system not a tea leaf type.

        Orange pekoe is a commonly used grade of tea. There are seven higher grades of whole leaf tea, ending with the Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. This is the highest grade tea in the world.

        Manufacturers grade teas on the size of processed black tea leaves. This system is called orange pekoe grading. This basic grading system identifies a certain length of black tea leaves and the flavor of the tea.

        An orange pekoe is a leaf that has been unbroken. Black teas with an orange pekoe grade tastes woody and slightly bitter, with a strong fruity and floral aromas.

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        1. re: youdonut

          OMG! Thank you all, and thank you youdonut for the education.... My mother's side are HUGE tea 'Orange Pekoe" (Red Rose) tea drinkers and I have been bugged by this pursuit for years... "black tea" is the quest, and "Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe" is the best? If so, I'd like to get some of the Tippy Golden... (where????) to see if my mother notices the difference. Even something as simple as Red Rose in tea bags would make me happy - brand is secondary. Speaking of Red Rose, wow, did my mother have the biggest collection of those little porcelain figurines that came in the tea box when I was a kid. I guess one of the major chains would be best, although I must admit to being a bit of a hard core Sunny Supermarket fan, and Asian markets usually have a ton of great teas... They major in Asian and Indian teas...

          1. re: Moimoi

            Sorry, I'm not clear -- are you saying that you can't find Red Rose tea? I see it in every supermarket.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              I think the issue is (at least in my experience) that the red rose does not come in individually wrapped envelopes.. its all just bags.


              1. re: hungryabbey

                Twinings as mentioned by youdonut above does sell a Ceylon orange pekoe tea that comes in individual paper envelopes. So does Dilmah. Both brands are available at supermarkets and some health food stores but Twinings may be easier to find.

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  red rose does come in envelopes-look at restaurant packs-costco is probably your best bet or any grocery cash and carry.

                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    Correct... I have, as mentioned, a large tea box and only tea bags in envelopes fit.

                  2. re: TorontoJo

                    As I replied below... it's finding any orange pekoe in envelopes, vs. loose bags. This is for my well-stocked tea box which doesn't like sloppy bags... the orange pekoe is for my mother when she visits...

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  I will confirm that Highland Farms (Dufferin) had several choices.

                2. You can buy them from Twining's US online store. I just ordered some.


                  Minimum order $20, $5.50 shipping cost.