drank Dark Rose Hearts by Octavia Tea
21 tasting notes

Catchy name, cute hearts, and the tea unfurls beautifully in the pot. I was considering it as a treat for Valentine’s Day. I got it because of the roses (of course), but even the raw tea doesn’t smell like roses at all. It has an earthy aroma. When brewed, this is a very nice, mild tea, with an extremely subtle sweet aftertaste, but no roses for me, not even a little. I suggest the company change the name to simply “Dark Hearts” because now it is misleading.

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I grew up drinking herbal tea, in many cases tea that I picked myself: chamomile, linden flowers, lemon balm, thyme, and hibiscus teas were an important part of my childhood experience. I learned to appreciate their delicate flavors. I am not new to black or green teas, but somehow, I had found them boring. My introduction to flavored teas—oolong, black or green—was a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked since then. Today, I still enjoy herbal teas. I’ve always been very sensitive to smells, so to me, the balance between flavor and aroma is very important. Tea is one of those small luxuries in life that allows us to combine our olfactory senses with taste.

I tend to like: herbal teas, “dessert” teas with vanilla, chocolate, or other flavors, and floral teas.

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