Orange Pekoe (OP) does not refer to a particular flavor, specific variety or quality of tea.
Orange Pekoe simply refers to the leaf size (end bud and the first two leafs of each new shoot) and that the tea was harvested when the end buds are opening into a leaf. There are seldom any tips in Orange Pekoe. Teas designated OP are teas that wouldn’t fit through a particular gauge sieve. Orange Pekoe Fannings are the smallest particles and are commonly referred to as dust.
Fannings or dusts are used primarily in teabags.
The acronyms simply refer to the appearance and character of the tea and there isn’t any
strict correlation between the acronyms and the value or flavor of the tea.
The real value of the tea is its ability to satisfy your palate – or tickle your taste buds.
CTC – Cut, Torn, Curled
PF – Pekoe Fannings
OP – Orange Pekoe
BOP – Broken Orange Pekoe
GBOP – Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
TGBOP – Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
TGFOP – Tippy Flowery Orange Pekoe (large proportions of golden tips)
FTGFOP1 – Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
FTGFOP – Fine Tippy Glolden Flowery Orange Pekoe (High Quality Flowery Orange Pekoe)
SFTGFOP1 – Super fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Musc – Muscatel flavor
CL. – Clone
Ch – China Varietal
FBOPF Ex. Spl – Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings
(Extra Special) Ceylon SPIDER – LEG STYLE
Pictured is a Kenya GFOP
Dark brown small leaf, has a deep red liquor and a good, strong balanced flavor. .