Rose can be really tricky for me – I got this one mostly on a whim. It’s one of the prettiest teas I’ve ever seen – it’s mostly rose buds, really, so it looks more like a potpourri. The same notion is very present nose wise as well – it smells like a high-end rose potpourri.
Obviously I assume it would be like drinking a potpourri as well (I think I just broke the record for the most times I’ve ever used the word ‘potpourri’ in one day.) but alas, I was wrong. The flavour is far more subtle and complex than that. I don’t get individual, discernible champagne and/or cream notes, but for me, they rather add to the complexity of the floral tea as a whole. It’s a very cohesive tea, all flavours weaving together nicely.
In spite of this tea not quite being for me, and much like the case of With Open Eyes from the same company, I think this is probably the rose tea to end all rose teas for those so inclined – it should definitely be tried by rose fans.
[From my Butiki order to Santa Clara, October 2013.]