In my previous post I shared with you some information about a rose scented black tea that was gifted to me by one of my students from my tea class at the local community college.
The dry leaves…
The dry leaves seemed to be that of a typical black tea – deep blackish brown, thin and wiry. They did appear to be of a higher quality than a lot of flavored teas I have had in the past, since there were hardly any little broken leaves. There were a few bits and pieces of pink rosebuds scattered amidst the leaves. The aroma of the dry leaves was sweetly floral, with a rose scent that lingered in my nose but without being overpowering.
Very simple – I used a rounded teaspoon of the dry leaves and eight ounces of water and steeped them in water that was just at boiling. I set the timer for three minutes and checked my email while I waited. Nothing exciting in the emails – but I did enjoy reading the staff book picks from the Stop You’re Killing Me site (mysteries ).
In my cup…
The infused leaves gave off a fairly perfumey aroma. Once steeped however, the rose was there, but not all in your face. The roses imparted a delicate floral dimension to the flavor profile, which managed to be neither cloying or soapy-tasting. Surprisingly nice! The black tea was smooth with a medium strong body that gave a nice grounding to the roses flitting about. A very pretty color, against the white of my cup – fairly dark maroon – first thing that came to my mind when I saw the color was a Valentine’s Day bouquet in my cup… silly huh.
I am pretty much a tea purist. So, where do I stand with flavored teas… While I enjoy them to a certain extent, I’m pretty much reconciled in my own mind that I really do like the taste of tea and not so much the fruity or other added flavors. Straight full leaf black teas are the love of my life. BUT… Overall, this does get a resounding thumbs up from me. It was really nicely done and it didn’t cross the line into an aggressive rose tea or tasting like I just rinsed my mouth out with cologne, like Scarlett O’Hara did right before she met with Brett, as she was trying to disguise the fact that she had been drinking – but of course Brett saw right through her ploy! So, it rates a 4 – but remember it was gifted – I wouldn’t buy it however for myself.
All teas will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 for dislike and 5 as love:
- Dislike (I didn’t like the tea and would not repurchase)
- Passable (I didn’t dislike the tea, but I didn’t think it was very good)
- Average (I didn’t find it good or bad and would drink it again)
- Good (I liked it but it and may repurchase)
- Love (I enjoyed it lot and would repurchase