Scent in package: very “rosy”, lovely, old-world rose scent
Brewed in: unbleached filter bag
Steeped: 5 min@ 212
Cup: Café mug at work
I have a propensity for scented teas, so I was quite happy to find a sample of this in my recent order of puerh cakes from Dragonwater. I love free samples anyways, but it seemed like perfect timing to get a rose scented tea in April, just when a bit of summer was needed. I ripped open the package and took a whiff, and the scent of this tea is just absolutely delightful. I was ready to brew up a cup right then.
There’s absolutely no astringency to the tea at all. It brews up a thin liquor, very light and refreshing, the roses giving it a sweet-tart flavor that gives the whole tea a “lift”. There are a few rose petals left in the tea from the scenting, and they add beauty and grace to the leaves as they unfurl. The tea is good hot, warm, and cool, and would be a treat over ice as well.
This tea isn’t complex, or hearty, or a “wake me up” tea…but it is a tea that would be perfect for everyday drinking, an afternoon treat, and just an all around delicate taste experience for anyone who likes a floral scented tea. It would probably be a great tea to serve to guests as well…I’m going to take my sample pouch home this weekend, and offer cups to family who will be visiting this weekend.
At $4.25 for a whole 1/2lb, it’s completely affordable too – I’d highly recommend a sample ($1.25) so you can taste for yourself. Two thumbs way up for this tea…I’ll absolutely be ordering more for my own stock soon.