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Big thank you to SimplyJenW for this sample!! it’s quite yummy!
Hot, the “red” tea aspect is very strong here with a background floral-honey note. It’s almost bitter but I may be mistaking that for depth.
As it cools, the honeysuckle rose comes out more, padded by a nice chocolate background and a pleasant cocoa aftertaste. however in the middle of the swallow there is a brief bitter moment that catches me by surprise each time. I don’t mind it at all though. It’s a nice contrast to the rest of the tea.
Ahhh, now this is a complex tea! just how I love’em :)

Compared to my Rose Congou from Tea Emporium, this is a bit smoother and more intense, and rounder. Overall, they are both great teas… just in different ways.
If I had to choose one, I think it’d be the Upton variety- if not for the shipping and customs charges that is. and you know me, I don’t really do online orders. Supporting the locals has become my latest thing, so I try to stick by that as much as possible! (nevermind that it’s cheaper!)
Either way, this will always be one of those teas that I come back to. My cupboard may be empty of it at times, but I think it’s still an “essential”… because I love my rose teas that much!!
Thanks again SimplyJenW!!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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