Ti Quan Yin Oolong with Fresh Ginger and Turkish Rose from Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Product Description:

Monkey-picked Tie Guan Yin oolong tea starts with a roasted-rice aroma and finishes with a fruity taste, blending beautifully with the refined Turkish rose and warm fresh ginger. These rolled leaves provide up to 4 infusions.

Taster’s Review:

Oh … WOW!  This tea is absolutely dreamy!  Like some sort of euphoric dream that’s been scented with roses and ginger and even a hint of smoke.  That’s not only what it smells like, it’s what it tastes like too!

It’s amazing!  The sip begins with an introduction from the rose.  It is a sweet and almost intoxicating rose flavor that is not bitter, it’s not even what I would consider to be sharp.  It is a distinct rose flavor, but, at the same time, it is unlike the rose flavors that I’ve experienced in teas before.

Shortly after your palate has become acquainted with the rose, a smooth yet smoky note from the Ti Quan Yin Oolong comes through and imparts its silky texture.  The smoky flavor is not at all off-putting, rather, it seems to unite perfectly with the rose and the ginger to create a complete flavor experience.

The ginger comes in next, and this is not a strong, peppery kind of ginger, but rather, an almost sweet note of warm spice.  It doesn’t taste hot or spicy, just mildly warm and enchanting.  The sip finishes with a slightly drying astringency, and the aftertaste lingers with the perfumed flavor of rose and whispers of ginger.

This tea is absolutely lovely.  Words cannot even begin to adequately describe just how lovely it truly is!  It is a tea that must be experienced to appreciate fully.  What a delight!

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Steamy Cinnamon Rose from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Full-leaf black tea with cinnamon, orange peel and rose petals.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This one is a keeper!  Definitely one of the best ones I’ve tried from Talbott thus far.

The balance of flavors here is so nice.  When I first received a sampling of it I thought “Oh, cinnamon and rose.  OK.”  Because, well, I have a similar blend of my own (which is rose, vanilla and cinnamon), so I thought this would taste very familiar to me.  I was wrong!

The orange and clove is a nice addition.  The orange perks up the overall flavor without overwhelming the other flavors, and I like the way the orange and the rose work together – it’s not a flavor combination I would have thought of, but they really taste great together.  The cloves enhance the flavor of the cinnamon so that the cup doesn’t come across as too “spicy-hot” cinnamon-y.

But what would a tea be without the tea?  The black tea base here is a smooth, bright black tea that is not overly aggressive.  It has a very even taste to it and a medium astringency that lightly “pats” the palate dry in the finish.  The aftertaste leaves lingering notes of cinnamon and rose and a faint citrus tang.

A very pleasant tea to sip.  One that would make a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for the tea lover in your life!

Tea Merci Berry & Rose from Blue Q

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Blue Q

Product Description:

You make me blush. Elegant India black tea with organic strawberries and a rose petal or two.

Taster’s Review:

This is really good – surprisingly good for a bagged tea!

This tastes like a delicious Rose Congou tea that has been livened up with strawberry flavor.  The black tea base is a pleasant tasting black.  It is fairly mellow, but there is a hint of bitterness toward the end of the sip.  There really isn’t a whole lot to say about the black tea because really, the rose and the berry are the real stars of this show!

The rose is very well pronounced (like I said, it tastes like a Rose Congou).  I really like rose in tea so I am finding it rather lovely.  The strawberry is a bit more delicate than the rose, but the flavor develops as I continue to sip.  There is very little tartness from the berry; just fresh strawberry sweetness melding with the feminine notes of the rose.

There is an interesting contrast between the rose and the berry.  Such a unique and flavorful combination!

Foreign Affair from East Pacific Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  East Pacific Tea Co.

Product Description:

Our Foreign Affair blend features buds from flowers of the Provence region in France. This rooibos tea is the most deliciously aromatic combination currently offered.

Taster’s Review:

This rooibos blend is beautifully fragrant.  The dry leaf beacons me to brew it, while the brewed liquor beacons me to sip.  The lavender and rose perfume the tea so pleasantly, while the fruit notes come through to cut through some of the floral notes just enough so that the tea doesn’t become all about the flowers.

What I like best about this blend is that the flavor of the rooibos is quite subtle.  I can taste the rooibos, but only mere hints of a nutty, woodsy taste, and none of that weird sweetness that often comes from rooibos.  The rooibos here seems quite content to let the fruit and flowers do all the work – and that’s quite alright with me.

The lavender and rose are a delightful pairing.  Together, these two flowers give a slightly sweet, decidedly feminine taste to the cup.  It is not unpleasantly sharp or bitter.  The fruit flavors of blueberry, raisin, black currant and red currant offer a light tartness and just enough sweetness to the cup without going overboard.

The tea finishes soft and slightly tangy.  It is a pleasing contrast of flavors:  sweet and tart; fruit and flower.  And it makes for a refreshing, restorative tisane that is delicious any time of the day, but especially in the evening when you want to succumb to the relaxation it offers.

 

White Rose from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Roses have long been a symbol of love and beauty. This blend of organic rose petals and white tea’s silky smoothness is exquisitely subtle and supremely healthy. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this delicate white tea blend will be the beginning of a long lasting love affair.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of the dry leaf is so beautiful – I just love the smell of rose teas, and I’m finding this one especially appealing because the fragrance of the white tea is so soft amid the beautiful scent of rose.  The rose is allowed to fully express itself in this bouquet.  Truly lovely.

While the fragrance of the brewed liquor is quite a bit softer than the dry leaf, it is still very beautifully rose scented.  This is one of those teas that MUST be inhaled before sipping to gain the full luxurious effect of the flower.

The flavor of this tea is wonderful!  The rose mingles with the white tea leaves nicely, creating a very smooth, supple taste that glides over the palate deliciously.  The white tea base is soft but tastes fresh and soothing, while the rose tastes sweet with distinctive sharp notes.  It is a very relaxing cup – it is a bit like a trip to the spa in a teacup!

Cranberry Rose from Praise Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

Sencha green tea delicately flavored with delicate rosebuds, fresh cranberries and sweet raspberries. An enchanting rhythm of flavors.

Tasters Review:

I love the look of this dry mix as well as the aroma both dry and post infusion! I think it’s just Beautiful!

I will saw when I first start getting into flavored teas I wasn’t NOT a fan of floral teas but they have grown on me.  I think way-back-when I was basing the floral taste on lavender and jasmine.  I think Rose is probably one of the ones I do enjoy most times.  Which is ironic because I am not much of a flower-person outside of tea either.  I mean yeah, I like them, appreciate them, and take photographs of them, but I am not one of those girlie-girls that just NEED flowers, ya know!?  This Cranberry Rose Tea from Praise Tea intrigued me!

As for Cranberries…I LOVE THEM!  Again – my history with cranberries is a bit “odd” since I was led to believe the only thing cranberries were used for was cranberry sauce.  I’m not really a fan of Cranberry Sauce but since have found all sorts of things to do with Cranberries.  My favorite is to put dried cranberries in salads!  Easy-enough, eh!?  I have found I really enjoy Cranberry-Flavored Tea…but the tea actually HAS to have cranberries IN it!  Lucky for me…Praise Tea’s Cranberry Rose DOES!  Nice, large, plump cranberries!  YUM!

The green tea has a very ‘clean’ green tea taste.  The Cranberry is the flavor that pops thru the most of the 3 flavors. Then there is the raspberry!  It comes in 2nd and seems to tone down the natural bitter cranberry flavor…they meet in the middle nicely.  The rose is hanging out in the background and gives it just enough floral hints that make everything come full circle.  This is very unique and creative and I think it’s just terrific!  I must say I really like the addition of the Raspberry as well!  Lovely!

 

Champagne Rose from Lupicia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Product Description:

Black tea flavored with sweet strawberries and champagne. Perfect as a festive gift.

Taster’s Review:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am very pleasantly surprised by this tea.  Until now, most of the champagne flavored teas I’ve tasted has been with a white tea base and because white tea is so light and delicate in flavor, I thought it was a perfect match with the sparklingly light taste of champagne.  I was skeptical about how well the champagne flavor would translate in a black tea.

But, I am very impressed!  Not only does the champagne flavor sparkle through but it is so nicely infused with the strawberry flavor.  This is so delicious – like a New Year’s celebration in a teacup!

The black tea base is robust and bright.  There is a slight (very slight) bitterness at the tail end of the sip, but I find that it is a very intriguing contrast to the sweetness of the strawberry and champagne flavor and lends a certain savory element to this otherwise sweet tea.

The strawberry tastes sweet and offers a hint of tartness, while the champagne tastes like … well, champagne!  This is tea and not a sparkling wine, so it doesn’t have the bubbly aspect of champagne, but it does have a certain grape-like taste to it with a clean, almost tannic quality that is very representative of my limited experience with tasting champagne.  (err… that is to say, I don’t drink champagne very often!)  It is not strongly astringent, but there is a hint of that wine-like characteristic that expresses itself as champagne-like.  This is also really good iced!

This is one of the best teas that I’ve tasted from Lupicia – and I’ve tasted quite a few.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say this one is my favorite from Lupicia, but it is probably in the top 5.  VERY GOOD!

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