TP40: Rose Congou

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Black Herbal Blend
Chinese Black Tea, Rose Buds
Brown Sugar, Floral, Rose, Flowers, Malt
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 281 ml

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  • “Oh my friend! Long time no drink!!! Why, I do not know, because Rose Congou is one of the most delightful teas in my stash! Whilst I do of course taste a lovely, musky rose, the most prominent...” Read full tasting note
  • “Tea of the early morning…… It has been a long time since I have had this one. Really, my cupboard is way to deep for comfort. All my favorites end up at the back, and the number of tins are...” Read full tasting note
  • “This poor tea has been pushed to the back of my tea cupboard for far too long. I had forgotten how great and soothing this tea is! What a great tea for a Friday night cuddled up on the couch with...” Read full tasting note
  • “Only enough left for a coupla cups, so I was hoarding for a special occasion. Does Wednesday count? This one is just so good, it makes me smile after every sip. There was a big honkin’ rose petal...” Read full tasting note

From Upton Tea Imports

Quality China black (Congou) tea is fermented with rose blossoms, creating a naturally scented, sweet cup. This tea is occasionally referred to as Lotus Tea, but should not be confused with the flavored tea blend bearing that name.

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67 Tasting Notes

294 tasting notes

This is my first tasting of a rose scented tea. I enjoy it. It’s uplifting. As I stated in my profile, I do not particularly care for scented teas. I love the aroma. It’s so different and a welcome change of pace. This was another sample from Upton that I will defintely buy. Thanks JM for the suggestion. PS, the price is right….

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165 tasting notes

First time tasting it: The tea base is a little more robust than other rose teas I have tried, and there is also a faint hint of a smokey taste to it for me. The second time I made it, it seemed more mellow, and I did not get any smokey notes. Everything is pretty well balanced on taste and smell. I really like rose mixes for iced teas when the weather is hot, and this is a good option for that.

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Smoky in a Lapsang Souchong kind of way? The one LS I had, I DID NOT care for, so if the Rose Congou is kind of like that, probably won’t like it. Generally I adore flower teas, taste and smell wise, particularly rose.

El Monstro

Nah it’s wayyyyy more subtle, in fact when I just had it again after it had sat around and aged a few months I didn’t detect any smokeyness at all. It’s worth a try if you like flowery teas.

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41 tasting notes

Not only a lovely scented tea, but delicious as well. Both my wife and I enjoyed this Congou very much.

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79 tasting notes

Made a huge teapot of this for my friends yesterday. Sweetened the pot with an organic, hand-pressed rosewater sugarcube with charming crushed rose petals. It fit the mood of the rainy spring weather well. We sat by the fire and sipped it while the area around us flooded.


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3 tasting notes

As with Upton’s Lychee Black tea, this makes a fabulous iced tea.


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2 tasting notes

Rose Congou is an amazing tea with a comforting hint of rose. Not overwhelming at all and one of my favourite teas to curl up with after a hard day.

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42 tasting notes

The delicate scent and taste of the rose petals enhance, rather than mask, the taste of the tea itself. Can be saved for special occasions, but easy enough to drink on a daily basis.

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59 tasting notes

This is take two. I have to say this tea seems better today. I did brew it at a lower temp (exact temp unknown since I’m at work). The black tea’s flavor is gentler in today’s brew and the rose while still not as strong as I’d like is more noticeable. I think my scoop had a few more rose buds as well today. Interestingly, when at it’s hottest, the flavors were well balanced. Then the black tea peppery flavor became dominant and as it cooled further, the rose became more dominant.

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1060 tasting notes

This. Oh, this I like. I picked up a sample when I placed my last Upton order, and I’m glad I did. The dry leaf smells strongly of roses, and there are rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. I thought the brewed cup would be all rose, but it’s not. The tea is the first thing I taste – smooth, slightly sweet and bready. There is a hint of spice and something woody. The rose is at the end of the sip, and while it’s light it is clearly rose. It’s clean and floral. No soapy taste to be found. This is simply delightful, and a great afternoon tea.

I’m going to have to pick up some of this before January rolls around. I think my search for a good rose tea is over!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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122 tasting notes

Needed some caffeine, brewed up 16 oz of this baby. Yum!

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