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drank White Rose by T2
962 tasting notes

Twelfth tea for March Mad(Hatter)ness! This is for the white tea round, going against Tea Chai Te’s Peach Blossom White. Both of these 2018 teas are ones I’ve reviewed before (original review for this tea can be found here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/376601 ), but considering how long ago they were, I’m going to do a proper revisit.

The dry leaf of this blend isn’t nearly as pretty as the Peach Blossom White, which had nice full leaves and wad decorated with jasmine blossoms, while this tea has very broken leaf material, including the rose petals. But the smell, to a rose-tea fanatic like me, is divine. It’s super strong and smells just like walking through a rose garden, without any hints of aroma of the actual white leaf. For those less inclined to rose, I’d imagine this aroma would probably be abrasive, the sort of thing described as “perfume” or “soap” by others. To me, it is invigorating and lovely!

Steeped 2g for 3 minutes in 350ml 185F water. The brewed tea continues to have that strong rose aroma. The flavor is all rose, without really any of the base shining through, except in mouthfeel; it provides much more body than a straight herbal rose petal/bud tea, providing a smooth, silky, and coating feeling over the tongue. Those rose is strong and lingering, and I definitely can see “perfumy” qualities in it; I’m just not personally bothered by them. There is also that very subtle, somewhat herbaceous “peppery” note I typically taste with rose as well.

This is hard, because objectively, I feel Tea Chai Te’s Peach Blossom White is a better white tea; the leaf looks better, qualities of the base add notes to the tea, the flavoring concept is there. This one has much worse-looking leaf, the white tea is only adding body but no flavor, and the flavor concept isn’t just there, but steamrolling it. Yet… I like how this one tastes better, which is an entirely personal preference. I doubt very many people would enjoy rose tea at this sort of intensity… I just happen to be one of them.

I feel conflicted about it, but Rose White moves on!

Flavors: Floral, Pepper, Perfume, Rose, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
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-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
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-Spices/chais
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Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
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-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

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90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

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20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

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