This tea has a very distinct lemon flavor to it, and the rose and hibiscus are very noticeable. I have an on-and-off relationship with hibiscus, and while it’s obvious they made an effort to not have it overpower the rest of the tea, it is noticeable enough to really steal a lot of attention. I was looking for a subtle rose flavor with a touch of lemon, and this isn’t it. With the addition of honey, it takes on the taste of a floral hibiscus lemonade with some rose. Tart, sassy, sweet — but not quite what I was expecting or wanting from the “Lemon Rose” name.

It might make a really nice iced tea for a hot summer day, or a good tea for mixing up an Arnold Palmer… especially for someone who really loves hibiscus. As for me, it’s not bad and I’ll probably drink the bags I bought every now and then… but I’m not sure I’ll buy this box of teabags again.

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When I was a child, my mother used to make me tea: mainly herbal blends (chamomile, etc.) and flavored black teas (all fruit flavored). She also introduced me to Good Earth tea (Original Flavor). Occasionally, we’d also drink jasmine tea. We’d add a spoon full of honey to our tea and drink it together.

When I first tasted a plain non-herbal, non-flavored tea, I thought it was the grossest thing I’d ever tasted. It was horribly bitter, tannic, and I almost spat it out.

Later, someone introduced me to an artfully brewed oolong tea — which was nothing at all like the bitter, tannic vileness I’d drank several years earlier. This was… Light. Delicate. Amazing!

Since then, I’ve been trying out different teas here and there, and experimenting with brewing techniques as best I can. I still have a weakness for herbal blends and fruit flavored teas — and a cup of Good Earth is always welcome — but I’ve been spending more time drinking whites, greens, and oolongs.

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