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drank Rose Tea by Golden Moon Tea
237 tasting notes

Way too crazy a day today. Just enough time for one mid-afternoon steep, so I chose something floral and relaxing to try and carve out a little niche of calm. When I opened up the packet, I was hit immediately by the very strong rose aroma – I think there’s a fair bit of rose aroma added to what the petals included in the mix would normally provide. The smell moved into the realm that was getting close to air freshener territory, no longer so natural.

The tea brews up nice and dark, and fortunately the scent tones down the chemical overtones I got from the unsteeped leaf. The black tea it’s based on is unremarkable; so far this is just okay, so let’s see what happens when milk and sugar are added.

Hmm, I think that may have been a mistake. I’m losing the bulk of the rose flavor now – probably would have been better to steep it another minute or so if I was planning on using milk and sugar. The flavors have slunk into the background and aren’t doing such a good job of mixing with the cream; in particular, the combination of rose and cream are making it taste a little curdled. I checked the cream on its own and it seems to be okay, so I guess it’s some kind of interaction between the two. Not my favorite, but I won’t put the rating all the way down as it’s still okay on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Aww, sorry you didn’t like it :-(

JacquelineM

When I put milk in this one I thought it tasted like Rose Milk Lotion from the 1970s!!

Stephanie

Eww..lotion-y tea! How strange that milk curdles in this. Maybe there’s some citrus added to the flavoring?

Adham

Excellent analogy, though thinking of drinking lotion makes me want to lower the score even more…

Adham

It didn’t actually curdle the milk, it just gave the drink an overall curdley flavor – not so nice.

JacquelineM

I gave it a “2” !! But, I think that if I steeped it at, say, three minutes and then didn’t add anything to it, it would have been higher.

Erin

Dang, I actually enjoyed this one. I’m sorry you didn’t!

Adham

That’s okay, I’ve still got dozens left in my Golden Moon sampler and I’m sure a new favorite will come along soon!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Any plans on which you will be tasting next?

Adham

Not yet – I had grand plans at first to methodically go through the whites, greens, oolongs, and blacks, but now I think I’ll just see what mood I’m in at the moment and go with that.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

LOL that is exactly what I am doing. Funny how we both felt like Rose Tea today. :o) Wonder what may happen tomorrow.

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__Morgana__

Aww, sorry you didn’t like it :-(

JacquelineM

When I put milk in this one I thought it tasted like Rose Milk Lotion from the 1970s!!

Stephanie

Eww..lotion-y tea! How strange that milk curdles in this. Maybe there’s some citrus added to the flavoring?

Adham

Excellent analogy, though thinking of drinking lotion makes me want to lower the score even more…

Adham

It didn’t actually curdle the milk, it just gave the drink an overall curdley flavor – not so nice.

JacquelineM

I gave it a “2” !! But, I think that if I steeped it at, say, three minutes and then didn’t add anything to it, it would have been higher.

Erin

Dang, I actually enjoyed this one. I’m sorry you didn’t!

Adham

That’s okay, I’ve still got dozens left in my Golden Moon sampler and I’m sure a new favorite will come along soon!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Any plans on which you will be tasting next?

Adham

Not yet – I had grand plans at first to methodically go through the whites, greens, oolongs, and blacks, but now I think I’ll just see what mood I’m in at the moment and go with that.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

LOL that is exactly what I am doing. Funny how we both felt like Rose Tea today. :o) Wonder what may happen tomorrow.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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