Orthodox Teas are loose tea leaves produced using the traditional styles of; plucking, withering, rolling, oxidation and drying.
These teas are generally bright and brisk and have a multilayered flavor profile.
Benefits of Orthodox Teas
Orthodox teas, otherwise referred to as loose leaf teas:
- Are high in Antioxidants helps to neutralize damaged cells which help us to look and feel better.
- Helps prevent Cardiovascular Disease
- Have been shown to have a calming effect on the body and especially helps boost mental clarity.
- Retain the Authentic Taste and are comparatively more rich in flavour and colour.
- Are organically processed thus giving it an advantage over the other in terms of quality.
- Are usually carefully hand-selected and crafted
The Orthodox Teas are work of art and hand-crafted to taste and for the exquisite and authentic tea lover. This is achieved through its production process. Stepwise;
The leaves are harvested by hand, usually ranging between just the unopened bud to the top three leaves and the bud, depending on the tea being created.
The leaves are laid out to wilt and wither for several hours to prepare them for further processing. Without withering, they would shatter and crumble when rolled and shaped. During withering, the leaves are very gently fluffed, rotated and monitored to ensure even exposure to the air.
This is where thousands of varieties in tea appearance are created, and also where the process of developing flavour is started
After rolling, the leaves are laid out to rest for several hours, allowing oxidation to take place. Oxidation is the process in which the oxygen in the air interacts with the now-exposed enzymes in the leaf, turning it a reddish-brown colour and changing the chemical composition. This step also has the greatest impact on the creation of the many wonderful and complex flavours in tea. The length of this process depends on the style of tea being produced and the ambient conditions at the time
The final step in the production process is to “fire” or heat the leaves quickly to dry them to below 3% moisture content and stop the oxidation process. A good, even drying with very low residual moisture also ensures the tea will keep well.
Types/Grades of Orthodox Teas
– Highest grade comprised of mainly the best quality tips from the stems of the tea bush
Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe First Grade –
– The finest top-grade production with an abundance of tips.
TGFOP and TGFOP 1
Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe First Grade
Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
– The main grades of fine quality teas.
Fancy Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe – FTGBOP
– A step down from the above grades.