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drank China Rose Tea OP by ESP Emporium
514 tasting notes

5/5 ESP Emporium Teas

I’m finally reviewing the last tea from my recent ESP Emporium purchase. And I’m finally feeling a little better after a horrendous two days of P90X. Yesterday was Yoga, and even though I can’t do half the moves and generally harbor a strong dislike of yoga, it really made me feel better. It stretched out all my sore muscles so that I am actually capable of walking today! Hooray!

On to the tea, this smells luxurious! The dry leaf aroma is pure roses. It’s like I stuck my nose in a giant bouquet and took a deep breath. It’s also slightly perfumey, but mostly it’s a natural rose scent. Mmm, the aroma translates well into the taste. This is definitely genuine rose!

The black tea base is pretty subtle and nondescript. It definitely doesn’t taste like the Orange Pekoe I know. It adds a slightly metallic zing to the taste. I added a tiny splash of milk, but the zing was still there. Then I added an even tinier bit of sweetener. Not enough to make the tea taste sugary, just enough to make it lean towards sweet and distract from that weird metallic zing. Of course, I could also be imagining the zing. I did just eat egg whites with cheese, so maybe my taste buds are compromised.

With sweetener added, it reminds me of a lychee tea. It tastes a lot like honey! But I can tell it’s still rose and that’s just my imagination wandering in search of ways to describe the taste without saying “rose” a hundred times. Oh well, it is a rose tea after all. So, I suppose it’s fine to be a little lacking in the adjective department this morning. Rose rose rose! :P

It’s a little strange to be drinking liquid roses, but I’m really enjoying this! The floral aftertaste is quite lovely, with roses softly lingering on my tongue long after the sip. I feel like I’m sitting in a rose garden in the midst of summer with a light breeze ruffling the rose bushes and birds chirping from branches overhead. Maybe it’s a secret rose garden hidden behind high ivy-covered walls with nothing to give it away save for the lovely scent of roses on the air. Mmm, this is a lovely tea. And now I really want to go watch The Secret Garden. :)

EDIT: I think I probably was imagining that metallic zing. I no longer get that sensation from this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

If you’re into it, I looove blending a small amount of rose tea into a chocolate tea. It’s heaven! I wonder if adding a small amount to the Bon Bon would help you enjoy that tea a little more?

It tastes like a hot date! :D

CHAroma

Oooh, good idea! I’m going to try that! Thanks for the suggestion. :D

Indigobloom

yoga fixes me to! works out my kinks n scrunched up neck :)

TeaBrat

I love the yoga!

CHAroma

It’s reeeaaaalllly hard!! I like the balance stuff a lot more than the downward dog, warrior pose, rinse and repeat a MILLION times! I thought it would never end!

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DaisyChubb

If you’re into it, I looove blending a small amount of rose tea into a chocolate tea. It’s heaven! I wonder if adding a small amount to the Bon Bon would help you enjoy that tea a little more?

It tastes like a hot date! :D

CHAroma

Oooh, good idea! I’m going to try that! Thanks for the suggestion. :D

Indigobloom

yoga fixes me to! works out my kinks n scrunched up neck :)

TeaBrat

I love the yoga!

CHAroma

It’s reeeaaaalllly hard!! I like the balance stuff a lot more than the downward dog, warrior pose, rinse and repeat a MILLION times! I thought it would never end!

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).

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