drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
21 tasting notes
It is not that I cannot smell rose or even taste it when it’s there. Just to be on the safe side, however, I invited a couple of friends, who don’t share my obsession with roses, to try the tea with me. The tea smells rosy in the bag. When brewed, it must be okay for people who don’t like roses. We couldn’t smell the rose in the brewed tea—hot or iced. It is black tea, slightly bitter, but not much else. I’ve tried a couple of other teas by Adagio and have liked them, but this is not one of them. The very name “Summer Rose” presupposes that someone who truly wants to experience a rose scent or flavor would purchase it and not someone who dislikes floral notes in tea in general. (I used the instructions on the bag for brewing.)

Overall, my experience with rose teas has been disappointing. When it comes to floral teas, I think I’ll stick with jasmine for the foreseeable future.

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I grew up drinking herbal tea, in many cases tea that I picked myself: chamomile, linden flowers, lemon balm, thyme, and hibiscus teas were an important part of my childhood experience. I learned to appreciate their delicate flavors. I am not new to black or green teas, but somehow, I had found them boring. My introduction to flavored teas—oolong, black or green—was a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked since then. Today, I still enjoy herbal teas. I’ve always been very sensitive to smells, so to me, the balance between flavor and aroma is very important. Tea is one of those small luxuries in life that allows us to combine our olfactory senses with taste.

I tend to like: herbal teas, “dessert” teas with vanilla, chocolate, or other flavors, and floral teas.

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