For the past few months I've been sticking to green tea, unless I'm doing my weekly post for Tuesday Tea, but I've finally reached the point where I need to break up the monotony. Fortunately I have a rather large stash of oolong I've been neglecting, including some wonderful scented oolongs that Tea Ave sent me earlier in the year. I really enjoyed the Osmanthus Oolong I sampled awhile back, so I couldn't wait to try their Rose Oolong.
I absolutely adore rose teas and always have, but I find that they're rather hit or miss. If there is too much rose the flavor becomes cloying, more like potpourri than tea. There are currently a few bags of rose tea scenting my hope chest because they're so overpowering I can't finishing drinking them (and I hate the idea of them going to waste.) If the rose flavor isn't strong enough I find myself getting bored with it easily, which can be a real problem if the base tea used is one that can be resteeped several times.
The texture of this tea was a real pleasure, Jin Xuan Oolong has a buttery mouthfeel, which was silky smooth, much like a rose petal. It was the perfect base for a rose oolong, but I found that the flavor was mild for a scented oolong— it had only the briefest hint of rose. I was hoping the rose was going to be more of a dominant flavor. By the third and fourth steepings of this tea there was hardly any sign of it, just a faint floral note in the background.
In an attempt to draw out more rose flavor from this tea I decided to cold-steep my second sample for 24hours. This batch of tea had the perfect balance of rose and oolong, but since this tea is $14.99CAD/$11.45USD (plus $15CAD shipping) for less than an ounce I don't recommend buying it with the intention of cold-steeping it (unless your rolling in dough, then in that case you and I need to become best friends ASAP.)
My Rating: 79/100
Would I order this again? Probably not. This tea was such a tease, it left me wanting more rose each time I took a sip.
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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 Tea Ave for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.