Rose Black Tea has pink rose flower mixed in the tea leaves, carrying a strong fragrance of roses. After the Dian Hong black tea is made, the tea worker will add rose flower and pure rose extractives in to the tea, giving the black tea a rich rose scent. If you like high floral scent, this Rose Black Tea will be a good choice.
Ingredients: Dian Hong black tea, Pure Rose Extractives, Rose Flower
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: TeaVivre
Black tea leaves are from Fengqing (凤庆), Yunnan. Roses come from France.
Harvest Time: 23 April, 2013
Picking Time: Rose is picked during September to November
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 2-3 teaspoons (7g) per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 185°
Steep Time: 3 steeps: 1m, 2m, 3m
TeaVivre does not currently provide brewing instructions for using a Gaiwan. The western style brewing instructions listed on their website are also different than what was labeled on my sample. I have provided the sample guidelines above for you since they are the ones I have used for this review.
If you follow me on Steepster then you may have noted that I had consumed some sub par rose teas last week, I was pretty vocal about it. They were prime examples of everything I dislike in a floral tea and the flavors were reminiscent of potpourri. This was the last of the rose teas I sampled and I'm happy to report that I saved the best for last. I'd like to thank Angel at TeaVivre for sending this to me in my last batch of review samples. I'm not sure that I've ever had a black rose tea, but I've definitely been missing out.
Just a quick reminder that TeaVivre provides several different methods for brewing their teas, these instructions are available on their website as well as above. Just a word of advice, you will have much more accurate results using a kitchen scale to measure out the weight of the tea (in grams) than you would using a teaspoon. Typically I prepare my tea western style in a ceramic tea pot. For this review I used 7 grams of tea, prepared 3 steeps at 1m, 2m, and 3m.
I knew immediately when I opened up my silver sample package that I was going to be in for a treat. I wasn't hit with an overwhelming rose scent, but instead I was able to smell the rich, bold scent of the Dian Hong with a subtle kiss of rose. I was a little worried that the rose wasn't going to be strong enough to stand out against the bold malty flavors of the Dian Hong and unfortunately in my later steeps I couldn't taste it.
My first steep brewed up with a subtle chocolate flavor that was surprisingly sweet and lacked any astringency. The chocolatey flavor really helped satisfy the chocolate cravings that I've been having all day. Towards the end of each sip I started to pick up hints of malt and rose. I was a bit disappointed that the rose wasn't more distinctive in the first steep, because by my second I could hardly taste it. The more malty flavors of the Dian Hong obscured the rose as they began to develop more. There is still a slight sweetness to the second steep, but it doesn't stand out nearly as much as it did previously.
With my final steep the floral aspects fail to stand out above the malty notes at all. I would have loved to see the rose really shine in this blend, even in the later steeps, which is why I think it fails a bit as a rose tea. Still, I do love the sweetness of this Dian Hong and consider it not only a quality tea, but one many of you may enjoy.
My Rating: 81/100 Want to better understand my rating system? Check out the about tab for more information.
Would I order this again? Possibly. While I really enjoyed the sweetness of this tea, there just wasn't enough rose flavor to convince me to make it a part of my regular rotation. I may still pick some up on occasion, just for a little variety, because I did enjoy it.
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In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by TeaVivre for my review. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.