Rose Scented

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Rose, Floral, Cocoa, Cream, Malt, Smooth, Toast
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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From Harney & Sons

This beautiful blend of large leaf Ceylon and Keemun is scented with rose oil and rosebuds. The scent alone makes a tin of this tea memorable. The addition of pink rosebuds lends a romantic touch to this fine tea.

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I received a tin of this tea while suffering from a pretty painful migraine. I was worried that the rosiness would exacerbate my symptoms (as perfumed things tend to do) but brewed up a teapot of it anyway! It was so fragrant … my kitty sauntered across the house to inspect the new smell!

The aroma is lovely. Soft, not TOO perfumey, but considerably more sweet rosey in fragrance than Upton’s Rose Congou. The tea is medium-bodied and quite gentle, and the rose oil/petals compliment it well. Thankfully, the warmth and smoothness of it actually aided in some migraine relief (as well as the caffiene, I assume.)

As a lover of rose teas, this was quite enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who loves perfumey rose scents & flavors, as well as a sweeter cup of tea. :)

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108 tasting notes

Blech. This was one of the 3 teas I tried today in Harney Soho’s Valentine’s Day tea flight. I am not really a floral scent fan, so I was not really happy with this tea. The rose just doesn’t do it for me at all.

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Tea sample from eastkyteaguy

I am really liking this cup this morning. The rose surrounds the palate with a delightful floral sweetness that isn’t overwhelming with the floral aspect. Yes, it is a tea that is supposed to probably be overpoweringly floral, but it’s nice—not too overwhelming.

However, as I keep sipping, I realize that the base is probably what mellows it out—giving it the perfect balance.

Thanks eastkyteaguy for the sample!


Had this yesterday as a little TLC for my frazzled self.

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452 tasting notes

I’ve been working on a tin of this tea off and on for a little over 2 months, but I’m only now getting around to posting this review. To be honest, I knew that I would be posting a positive review of this tea, but couldn’t decide on a numerical rating to assign to it. Now that I have finally figured out how I would rate this tea, I can get on with the business of properly reviewing it.

I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion process. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 5 minutes. Obviously, no additional infusions were attempted.

Prior to infusion, this tea presented a lovely aroma of rose. To me, the scent seemed very natural and very fresh. In the mouth, this tea was all about the floral quality, with a big rose flavor present from the entry to the finish. After really trying to find some other flavors in this tea, I was just barely able to detect fleeting impressions of cream, toast, malt, and cocoa, but really, this tea was all about the aroma and flavor of rose.

I greatly enjoyed this tea. It was not deep, complex, or subtle, but it was very approachable and very easy to drink. Admittedly, it’s kind of a one-trick pony, but I think that is by design. This tea seems to exist to showcase the aroma and flavor of rose, and well, it does that brilliantly. Still, I do not think I would ever want to order another 4 ounce tin of it-I could see myself buying a sample or two instead. It does what it does very well, and I think that people who are extremely interested in floral blends would absolutely love it, but I am also not often in the mood for rose flavored blends. This is more something I would want to drink every now and then.

Flavors: Cocoa, Cream, Floral, Malt, Rose, Smooth, Toast

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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525 tasting notes

Yum! Rose is delicious! This is a lightly scented tea with elegant presentation. I think I like teavivre’s more since I enjoy the tea base more but if I hadn’t had that first this would probably be my favorite black rose tea. I wish I could go on with more of the flavors I picked up but I enjoyed a cup of this after having Korean food for lunch so everything tasted a little like garlic. :)
In any case, this is a great rose tea. Thanks for sharing Ashmanra! I’ll definitely try this again before garlic overload.

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Beware this is a very rosy tea! The aroma is pungent, too pungent for my taste. The black tea base is reminiscent of Yunnan Golden Pu-erh from Teavana with honey undertones, a little overpowering though perhaps I steeped it for too long. I get some taste of soap, which is likely my aversion to the rose. I realize I do not much care for floral teas. Though it does leave a pleasant, flowery taste on the tongue, it is a bit scratchy at the back of the throat and the relaxing nature of the rose is in direct contrast to high levels of caffeine in the black tea; it gave me a bit of a jolt. I would recommend this only to lovers of rose; the scent for me is off-putting. What will I do with 4oz of this? Any blends one would recommend?

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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9 tasting notes

Pleasantly fragrant with a light rose note.

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I had high hopes for this tea. The dry tea has a wonderful scent. It does smell like rose oil, and if I am not mistaken, like the oil of rosa damascena, which is very specific—bright and highly valued in perfumery and aromatherapy. (In fact, I think that the most aromatic rose petals are actually from rose damascena or rose centifolia). So, my hopes soaring, I proceeded to steep the tea. I’ve actually tried this tea twice. The first time I used boiling water (202F) as suggested for black teas. The second time I preheated the pot, but used water slightly less hot than boiling.

The first brewing attempt produced a pot of strong black tea, but not much rose scent or taste. Just to be sure my senses are not completely obliterated from sniffing too many other things, roses included, I asked someone else to take a sip and sniff. His verdict was that this was a very nice black tea, but, alas, no roses. As the pot sat on the counter, forlorn, we decided to turn it into iced tea and finish it off. We were both surprised to find out that, in its iced version, we could feel the rose scent—subtle enough, but it was there.

The second time, I preheated the pot and used slightly less hot than boiling water. The rose scent is here—extremely subtle—but also somehow strangely sour, not in a citrusy way.

I see that most people like their flowers in a cup barely there. For them, I think it would be a good rose tea. I’d definitely prefer this tea iced or at least cool as for some reason it brings out the scent.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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55 tasting notes

Something so primal and soothing about this tea, and girlie. It is becoming my addiction.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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