Rose buds work quite well with blends, especially – as I’ve found – with white teas. Rose petal whites are awesome! But I digress. By themselves, rose buds are like lemongrass, they don’t work well alone. They need others to help ‘em shine. By themselves, they still contribute to a light, subtle, festively floral cup with a very “clean” taste, but they need a pedestal on which to stand. Such was the case here. These were absolutely beautiful looking; excellent smelling, too, both as dry and in liquor form. Can’t wait to try it with a Silver Needle sometime.