Got this one as a sample pack with my order and figured hey, I love jasmine, and roses are nice so maybe floral’s my thing. I’ve had regular rose congou before, and while it’s nice, it always tasted kind of stale and old. I dunno, something about it isn’t bright and intriguing like jasmine.

The reviews seem to suggest that this one is the exact remedy to that problem. I was wary before brewing, because the dry leaf is painfully, chokingly sweet. I was thinking I’d have to toss the cup, but a brew just short of three minutes calmed the roses and let the green tea balance the scent. It’s still strongly sweet-smelling, but my teeth no longer hurt.

The flavor is thankfully not so overwhelming. A nice, bright green with a solid rose flavor to it, not taking the forefront but clearly bordering. If the scent gets stuck in my throat, I can take a sip and easily clear it. The green is nothing special, but I could drink it by itself and be perfectly happy.

Probably won’t order this on its own, but I’m no doubt finishing the sample. Might be nice to try iced.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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