Rose Congou Black Tea

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From Tao Tea Leaf

The Rose Congou base is a black tea that has been infused with the scent of rose pedals upwards of 5 times. The tea has the sweet aroma of rose pedals and fruity almost malt like undertones. Black tea may help lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

Ingredients: Black tea, natural rose flavours, rose pedals.

Steeping instructions:

Temperature: 100°c /212°F

Amount: 3g per cup.

Steep Time: 2-3 minutes

For iced tea brew the same amount of tea in half the amount of water. Then fill your cup with ice, pour the tea and enjoy!

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oh wow.

i really have no idea how tao tea leaf did this. a pure, high quality, elegant black. no smoke. no acid. a beautiful black base for a pristine wild tasting pink rose…. why pink? because i am convinced that red would taste stronger and yellow would be too mild…. this is the taste of a wild pink tea rose, one of the ones with spikes in place of thorns, lol.

the rose essence is perfectly balanced…. it’s not so aggressive that i feel like drinking a spiky milkshake, and not so subtle that i think i’m drinking a weak tea.

this is… a subtly robust authentically rose (in other words not even remotely fake) tea. somewhere on tao’s website i believe they make reference to this as an imperial/royal blend. hurrah! i agree in every way.

full marks. um, do you sell in bulk? by chance?

2nd steep: not as nice as the first go round, but it was so superlative in the fist cup i haven’t the heart reduce it from it’s original score. YES it’s THAT good! =0)

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You just convinced me to put this on my shopping list!


i can’t imagine yoou will be disappointed. it was absolutely lovely. half of me wants to mete it out and hoard it, the other wants to burn through it and drink nothing else!


Tao Tea Leaf is offering 20% off all online orders right (expires 30Sep) in celebration of the launch of their new website. From what I can see the discount is auto applied during check out. Just thought I would let you guys know, if you are contemplating an order.


I have just added this to my shopping list as well. This sounds gooooood.


Thanks, Dexter! I am not doing any on-line tea purchases until Thanksgiving though! I’m getting uncomfortable with the amount of tea I have. Maybe then. mmmmmmmmmmmm…..


Now am wondering if they offer same discount if you go to store. Maybe will have to break hiatus.


i have had flowers in tea before, i have had blooming teas, i have had badly balanced teas and beautifully balanced teas…. maybe this will clarify: this blend ranks with butiki as far as i’m concerned. it is brilliant, it is all natural, beautiful to look at…… full marks with absolute sincerity.


and is local Toronto shop! :D Am so glad that you are enjoying their tea’s!


indeed! and it’s all because of you!!! xoxo


You awesome JustJames!!! Love ya!! :D


Rose congou is amazing. Tao’s is the best! :D


agreed! never ever had a blend like that one!

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I FINALLY arrived home…after 3 hours spent in the trains, subways and buses.There was a fire in a Parisian station and the traffic was terrible on several lines.Horrible.
It’s now almost 11 and I’ll go for a rose tea because, to me, rose always symbolized rest and quiet. yes : Rose is relaxing, no doubt.

This is a lovely mild rose tea. Not the kind of rose to shout I’M A ROSE on the roofs. No, it’s a delicate and somehow even a shy rose.

It reminds me a lovely Pierre Ronsard’s poem about rose and youth(sorry in Old French):Ode à Cassandre
Mignonne allons voir si la rose qui ce matin avait déclose n’a point perdu cette vesprée…finishing by
Cueillez, cueillez votre jeunesse : Comme à cette fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir votre beauté

Meaning Carpe Diem because even if you’re young… you’re getting older like a rose…

And for me, this tea is the opposite : young rose, you’re too young – please get older and we’ll see your magnificence.

I’m watching a TV show about our president and as I’m sipping my rose tea, I have a thought for the French first Lady. Hold on Valérie…you’re a clever and lovely rose and you desserve really better than this boor…

Thank you JustJames for sharing this lovely tea !

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Or in the phrase Aaron Sorkin loves to quote (it’s been both in The West Wing and in The Newsroom), “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…” ;-) I love rose teas and was glad to hear about this one!


I love rose teas as well. Until now my favourite remains Rose of Dammann Frères but I should try now a Mariage Frères one


Ahhh! Je me souviens de ce sublime poème Ysaurella, thank you so much for this beautiful note. Perfect tea for the occasion. ( I’m exhausted just by reading about your daily travelings…must be really hard, you have all my compassion…)


Thank you TheTeaFairy :)

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What is happening to me, reaching for a rose tea, ha. Now that I’ve had a couple that were good I’m more open to the idea. And this does a really good job of being balanced, where the rose is fresh and heady and very present but not ACK, POTPOURRI over-the-top. That said after a while as it cools it does seem a bit soapy to me, where I can’t tell if it actually is a taste that’s there or my brain’s associating the rose with soapy bubble bath of its own accord. Also, I don’t taste a lot of strong tea flavor here at all, but maybe a stronger base wouldn’t be very agreeable…this feels like a surprisingly light, fresh tea for a flavored black one.

Not bad though. If you like rose tea this is nice quality one.

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