Received this and two other delicious-sounding teas this morning from Oolong Inc. (samples provided free for review). Rose is one of my favorite flavors and the directions on the website indicated that this would be a good office steeper, so here I am, Western brewing this beautiful melange.
It’s been a while since I had a flavored green tea, lately it’s been all fresh Spring greens, all the time, so this is a good change of pace!
The dry leaves smell heavily of stately rose and nectarine. I can’t really get a sense for leaf quality behind those two aromas, but they look like mostly whole unrolled leaves.
My office smells like a bubble tea shop-all fruity and fresh as this tea brews. Again, the nectarine, though it has some yellow peach notes now that it’s wet, and those dried rose petals that you put in potpourri, not quite as strong as rose oil, but not quite as sweet as candied petals.
Oh man, this is yummy! It reminds me a ton of the white peach and rose water sorbet I made last summer! Oh la la! I could see this becoming my go-to rose tea! And it is so reasonably priced! The steep was around four minutes long, and I can taste that in the slight metallic undertones of the base tea, but the rose and white nectarine (finally figured it out!) flavors are punch and leave a long-lasting aftertaste.
Seriously, with some sweetener, this would be an amazing popsicle, and I could see this iced as the hit of the picnic. While the base green tea is definitely nothing to write home about, it serves admirably as the toast to this jam. Generally, I prefer when floral scents accent the natural flavors of high quality teas, but this is a great flavored tea at a price that you might expect it to be not-so-stellar and I’m definitely going to add a quantity of this to my collection.