Rose Ti Kuan Yin

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves, Rose Buds
Bread, Chestnut, Rose, Wet Earth, Wood
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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From Tian Hu Shan

A blend of Rose buds and Ti Kuan Yin Oolong

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I have such a terrible case of the winter ‘blahs’ and it is seriously sapping my desire to do much of anything other than play Terraria (because it is so green and full of life! sometimes). As soon as the weather stops being insanely cold (it was -18 degrees here the other day) I am going to haul myself outside and find a speck of green and just sit next to it. This may prove awkward for my neighbor who has the only pine tree in a several mile radius. I do not think my SAD is related to sunlight, having Lupus means the sun hates me, but the lack of green things and most of nature being asleep does make me want to hibernate. So, like yesterday, I am pulling a tea that reminds me of livelier times from my notebook to review.

Today we are looking at Rose Ti Kuan Yin by Tian Hu Shan. I came across a jar full of this tea at my favorite Asian Market and was so enchanted by the idea of mixing rose (one of my favorite tea additives) and Tie Guan Yin (and all its spelling permutations) that I had to grab it, plus I loved the jar it was in. I pop off the lid and give the leaves a good sniff and alas, I am disappointed. With rosebuds that size I was expecting the aroma to be intense and like stepping into a rose garden during summer, instead it was like coming across a single dried rose leftover on the vine from last summer. Dry, mildly floral, and a little perfumed. The Ti Kuan Yin had the aroma of sweet, baking bread and a hint of roast, it was also pretty mild.

Brewing the tea does help both the oolong and the roses have more distinct aromas, the rose is very much so an English rose style and not a spicy wild rose (I might sniff too many flowers) and has a soapy, perfumed quality. The oolong has notes of green beans, chestnuts, and yeasty bread with a fading hint of orchid. The liquid is mostly oolong with a hint of rose as the finish, sweet with notes of chestnut and oddly a hint of popcorn.

The flavor is sadly, a bit uninspiring. The rose is fairly mild, a finishing note instead of being front and center. There are very mild notes of orchid and chestnuts, but mostly what I am getting is yeasty sweet notes, like baking bread, and roasted notes. I was disappointed and put it back on my shelf until my gaiwan arrived, perhaps giving it a Gongfu steeping instead of Western would change things up a bit. The flavors were a little stronger but still nothing spectacular. It was a beautiful tea to look at but uninspiring to sip, the quest for a rosy Tie Guan Yin continues!

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Yep, winter blahs here too…
Too bad for the taste, the tea looks so pretty!


This tea certainly is one of the prettiest teas I have ever seen. Luckily I sent some to my mom and she loved it so I have a person to send all my extra too :)


Yay! i’m all about finding new homes for cupboard’s orphans, you know the ones that end up in that drawer that never gets open lol!


Exactly! Luckily my mom usually likes the ones that I am ‘meh’ about so she gets periodic boxes of tea from me. It is so good that people have different tastes.


Oh, gee, Winter is my season. I (not kidding) get seasonal depression in the summer. I’ve always wondered if there is anyone else who does too or if its even supposed to be possible, but here I am, a living example!


Oh shelley, I love winter too! Playing in the snow never gets old and I love that cozy feeling you get inside only during the winter, with a blanket, a book, tea, good music and a blazing fire in the fireplace. I just got the blahs for different reasons this winter :-) As for summer, you’re not that weird…Summer depression, that is funny :-) I don’t get depressed, but I can’t stand heavy heat and I totally don’t mind when fall kicks in!


I get almost all seasonal depression, I guess because mine is more based on being cooped up inside rather than relying on sunlight (I really should move to the Northwest so I can enjoy all those cloudy days) because I go through weeks and sometimes a month or more during summer when the air quality/heat/too much sun is too bad for being outside for long, same with Spring and its pollen. Really Autumn is where it is at, my favorite season.


I really do tend to be more mopey during the summer. The smell of nasty BBQs everywhere, feeling sticky and miserable, buzzy stingy things following me around (so many bees and wasps die in my hair or get in my car and I’ve never been stung. .my husband thinks they just love me, but I still have a huge phobia of them), no holidays to look forward to and no school either, its just a long gap of time waiting for the next exciting event.

Amanda – Fall is indeed when I am the happiest. Mostly its because its the anticipation of so many happy things. . then winter comes around and reminds me that I’m just one season closer to spring. lol.

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Here’s Hoping TTB
Sigh… this doesn’t taste like rose.
It doesn’t even really taste like oolong.

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5 tasting notes

First impressions of the loose tea was of how lovely the rose buds look with the tea leaves, but the brewed tea itself has only the slightest of rose aromas. I doubt I’d really notice if the roses were missing. Pale yellow-green tea with a subtle flavor.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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6 tasting notes

Weak flavor, it smells like sourdough, and the roses aren’t really detectable. Great price, and you get a lot of tea, the packaging is also great, but this tea is sadly lacking. Makes a good option for a cheap, “everyday” tea.

Flavors: Bread, Chestnut, Rose, Wet Earth, Wood

2 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Looks pretty, tastes like Ti Kuan Yin. I don’t think the rose adds any extra flavor, but it adds some fragrance and, as I said before, looks great.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #27
Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // 4 min
I may have waited too long for the water to cool for this one. But maybe there isn’t too much flavor to begin with. The little roses are pretty but I don’t think they impart much flavor to the oolong, not like the infused rose flavoring that Adagio’s has. The oolong doesn’t have much flavor either. The oolong looks gorgeous though. It is very sweet and it kind of tastes like blueberry but that could be what was in the infuser before that.

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