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I almost made a pot of breakfast tea but decided I wanted to do something without milk and sugar this morning. I chose Rose Scented, and to experiment with it a little more I added one teaspoon of Jasmine Black, a Southern Season tea I don’t particularly care for hot. I can not say that it added anything to this tea, and I won’t be making it this way again. It is drinkable, but not as enjoyable. Jasmine Black will now be relegated to the cold and with vanilla added category so I can get rid of it!
Rose Scented is great by itself, or as Jacqueline suggested, with a good black tea that you really like. I like it best with no milk or sugar at all, no matter how I have mixed it or changed it up. I think next time I will be mixing it with Queen Catherine or Keemun Mao Feng again. Hmmm, I wonder how it would mix with Golden Snail? That may be my next post….
It is a hot day, but this is an easy tea to drink even in how weather because the fruitiness is so refreshing! I am finding that I prefer my oolongs and greens after they have cooled a bit – not cold, just nicely warm but not too hot. Otherwise I don’t pick up the flavors as well. It was hard to wait for this one to cool down!
I had a tea guest today who is a coffee drinker and usually only drinks breakfast tea with milk and sugar on special occasions. She tried Paris first, liked it a lot, and decided to give this one a try. She liked it! And took it plain, as did I.
I need to make a pot of iced….
I have been asked to participate in a breast cancer study and a nurse was coming today for a 2 1/2 hour interview. We made this tea because I find that even non-tea lovers drink it. When offered this one or Pomegranate Oolong, she said she preferred black tea and would like to try Paris. As she reached for the sugar, I told her she might want to taste it first as most people find it naturally sweet. She loved it! I feel a little jealous sometimes when people take these teas without sugar right away. I took years to get to that place! :) She liked it so well that she wanted to try the other tea, too. That review coming up!
I am LOVING this tea! I decided to try a resteep of the sachet and see how it held up. The color is as deep as the first steep. There is still a lot of pineapple aroma though less pineapple flavor, and the tea base is very good. I feel like I am drinking a really good oolong. This is so smooth. The description says this is an Indian tea base, I don’t know anything more specific, but the tummy rumbles I get from assams and the tummy burn I get from darjeeling isn’t happening. Oh no! Smooth as silk. It is now imperative that I get a tetsubin ASAP so I can keep a pot of this on a warmer and sip sip sip all day long when I am in the mood for it! I will be near a Teavana on July 1st so I think that dragonfly pot may be coming home with me. If anyone has a cast iron pot they love, let me know where you got it before I buy if it is something I can look at online!
This had a lovely orange aroma – like the fresh-squeezed orangeade at the corner drug store when I was in college. That is the main scent I picked up – the smell you get when you are peeling an orange, very natural, not artifical. The tea base did not seem as smooth to me as the Tropical Green. While this one was very good hot, I didn’t care for it iced or iced and sweetened. There seemed to be a hint of bitterness. For now, Tropical Green wins hot, iced, and iced and sweetened. If you are not a pineapple fan, though, this one would be a great tea for you to try.
I went to Barnes and Noble tonight and just couldn’t stay away from the Harney tins. I have had tea there and they RUINED it, though, so I asked if they would sell me a couple of bags without making the tea so I could make it at home. She looked at me like I had two heads! But then she said, “Suuuuurrre, I don’t see why not.” And she sold me two bags for the price of one cup of tea!
I tried this one first and it was delicious! It is going on my next order because it is the best green tea I think I have tried to date. It is very, very smooth. I tried my 12 ounces first hot, then over ice, then over ice and sweetened. All were good, and even my hubby (!!!!) liked it. Buying!
Just for JacquelineM, I put this together before leaving for a wedding in Charleston, SC. She suggested the pairing, so I used one tsp. of each, thinking that my mug was 12 ounces. I found out later that it only holds ten with the infuser in it, but it didn’t do any harm. The extra leaf didn’t make this bitter or too strong.
The first thing I noticed was how peppery the rose smelled, just like what I get from some Yunnan teas. I didn’t notice this when I made Rose Scented plain, but picked it up when I mixed it with Mao Feng yesterday and today with Queen Catherine. Perhaps it was there and I just didn’t notice the first time I made it.
The tea itself is very, very smooth. I added no sugar or milk but it is sweet and good. The rose has taken a back seat, almost too much so. I picked it up more in the aftertaste, but as I continued drinking I tasted it a little more. Perhaps a better ratio for blending this for me is 2/3 rose with 1/3 other black tea.
For the last half of this mug, I added sugar to see what effect it would have. I actually DISLIKE it with sugar! The light rose was all the sweetness this needed.
For my morning cup, I think I still prefer to make Queen Catherine or English Breakfast (100% Keemun) and add milk and sugar. For an after breakfast cup, this is VERY nice. I don’t think that I prefer it over the Rose Scented by itself, but changing things up is good!
So Jacqueline, the final verdict is…..Rose Scented tastes great mixed with Queen Catherine, and no additions needed!
I will try to find out the source of this tea, but even looking at the photos and descriptions I can’t say for certain which company this tea came from originally.
The first impression – Oh, the aroma! This smelled like gardenias to me, so I am guessing it is one of the ones that have jasmine flowers added. I couldn’t stop sniffing that lovely aroma from the cup! The taste was sweet and good, the tea was slightly astringent, but the gardenia scent combined with the sweet floral flavor made it well worth the drinking! This was very enjoyable. I need to try it again, because so many of these contain prange peel or orange oil, and I did not pick up orange flavor in this – just floral, but a good kind, not cloying, sickening, or soap-y.
Now, because I love Harney and Sons so much, I want to try their Osmanthus Oolong and see if it is similar!
Just four months ago, I stated that I needed milk and sugar with this one because it is so strong. Today I took sans additions and did a double take. It was delicious – plain! There was an almost minty high note – probably a high grown Ceylon in there somewhere – and the assam really grounded it and added earthiness. Everyone enjoyed this one.