The Red Rose - Black Tea

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Black Flowering Blend
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “I think its a rose tea kind of morning. I have been interested in this tea for a while, mainly because of the claim thtat the base tea is a high quality Chinese black from a region that I haven't...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A review of Pure Red Rose Flower Black Tea by In Nature Date: 10/22/ 2012 Company: In Nature Tea Name: Pure Red Rose Flower Black Tea Tea Type/Varietal: Black Region: Yu Nan China Steeping...” Read full tasting note
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From In Nature

This exquisite blend is a mild and sweet black tea from the Zhejian region with the aroma of red roses and flower teas from the Jiansu region – truly a match made in heaven! The taste is very mild, soothing and still with a deep floral fragrance.

The Red Rose is the perfect tea for the colder months, and can be enjoyed with milk, cream and sugar.

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I think its a rose tea kind of morning. I have been interested in this tea for a while, mainly because of the claim thtat the base tea is a high quality Chinese black from a region that I haven’t tried (Zhejiang). I’m assuming it is a Jinqu Hongmei because that seems to be the main black tea produced by this predominantly green tea region (found that out on Teavivre’s site, actually!) This company is British, so shipping was an issue, and they don’t offer samples or sample sizes (they also didn’t include any samples in the shipment). But when they offered a coupon and this tea was already on sale on top of that, I went ahead and bit the bullet.

The tea leaves are long, black, and wiry, which definitely looks promising. There are a surprising amount of rose buds in this blend; I kept thinking that I was going to scoop up some leaves with no rose bud in the scoop, but I kept getting roses. I happened to look at the little pamphlet that came with the tea (I almost didn’t because at least one side of it is filled with “health benefit” information") so I did see that they call for black teas to be brewed at 85°C. I don’t think I’ve ever brewed a black below 195°F/90°C, so that’s what I used this time.

The steeped tea smells rosy and chocolatey. Mmmm. Yeah, this black tea has serious chocolate notes to it. The flavor is quite nice, although I can tell you right now that next time I am trying it a nearly if not actually a full boil. It’s a tad thin, but I think its the cool temp more than anything else. It’s slightly sweet, with cocoa and cereal notes to it. The rose is fairly light and seems to blend in with the whole taste of the sip. It’s noticeable if you look for it, but I also can be convinced that I’m not actually drinking a rose-scented tea. Normally I would want more rose, but somehow this one works so well I am pleased anyway. Quite tasty, and I am excited to play around with the 50g I have of this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

have to say that this ALMOST makes me want to try this…even if it is a floral tea (only not apparently) heh

Kashyap

I’ve been mixing organic rose petals with Tao of Tea’s Vietnamese black OP and find the combination yields a similar chocolaty/rose profile that is very well balanced and smooth

Kashyap

its definitely more savory than floral

Dinosara

Mm, sounds tasty! I also love Verdant’s Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black, which also has those chocolatey-rose notes, though again like this one the rose is very light.

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A review of Pure Red Rose Flower Black Tea by In Nature

Date: 10/22/ 2012
Company: In Nature
Tea Name: Pure Red Rose Flower Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region: Yu Nan China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: darkish brownish red; tea is very dark
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings The leaves are good for several steeps to providing many wonderful cup of teas.

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I used freshly boiled water and taking one teaspoon of the tea leaves I add this to the tea cup and once having added the water, I leave the tea to steep for few minutes. Tea’s aroma is very strong; malt and roast smelling. It actually makes me think of coffee…mildly.

The tea’s color is dark reddish-brown color with a very lovely bouquet smell of the roses. As I sip this tea and take in the tea’s aroma, it reminds me vaguely of the Russian Caravan tea I had some months earlier. I think because this tea is a full bodied tea and smelling strongly of malt and very smoky.

Even as I opened the tea bag there was this smoky aroma and when brewed/steeped it is stronger.

I am having this tea pure with nothing added and I find the malt and creamy smoothness that goes into producing this flowered black tea is so fine and rich and those favoring milk/cream and sugar with their tea would simply curl up with this cup of tea. Yum!

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: Tea is steeped using same leaves (after rinsing them) I pour the water into the cup and leave it to steep for several minutes more. The tea’s color is more brownish than red, greenish brown even and dark. Tea’s aroma is still smoky and roasted like chestnut. It is a floral bouquet. As the buds are removed with the leaves, which did not unfold fully but enough to note a difference from when it was dried and crinkly like.

I can see tell that this is a tea I will continue to enjoy and discover its many folds. I am happy to be able to continue enjoying the tea’s created by In-Nature Tea and thank you for sending this one along for me to enjoy. This is not a favorite, it is good, wonderful tea with much potential; tea connoisseurs would take delight with this tea because it is yummy and intoxicating like coffee or the finest wine.

I like the bag that the tea came in; once I remove it from the In-Nature Tea box, it is a foil wrapped like coffee wrapping. I am so use to In Nature’s tea’s and always happily surprised seeing how they can get the foils into that box and not damage the tender rose buds and leaves…just an aside.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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