Fabulously fragrant while you wait for it to steep, and equally wonderful on the palate when sipped. Not to be missed, light and refreshing and totally uplifting.
“Fabulously fragrant while you wait for it to steep, and equally wonderful on the palate when sipped. Not to be missed, light and refreshing and totally uplifting.” Read full tasting note
“Delicate, but with a lovely scent and taste. Probably the nicest rose-flavoured tea I’ve tasted.” Read full tasting note
“A formerly London-based friend served this up to me. She prepared it loose cup-by-cup. First the smell is lovely and aromatic, The taste is quite full with a strong but pleasant aftertaste. I’ve...” Read full tasting note
“Smell is rich and muscatal with a hint of rose. Fortnum & Mason has this as a black tea on their website, and while the brew is a deep red-orange, it just doesn’t have the same bite or body of...” Read full tasting note
Roses and tea go beautifully together, whether as a setting or a fragrance. In this specialty of China, rose petals are interleaved with the tea as it dries and a few are left in for decoration, ensuring that the visual appearance matches the aromatic.
Tea caddy description:
Fine grade, large-leaf Maofeng Keemun is naturally scented with freshly picked rose petals. The scenting process is repeated many times to ensure a high intensity of rose flavor that blanances the dark chocolate, caramel sweetness of the tea. Inevitable comparison is with the classical flavours of Turkish Delight.
Taste & strength
Fragrant and delicate.
When to drink
Best in the afternoon.
Best drunk without milk to fully appreciate the delicate flavour.
Company description not available.
Rose PouchongTea Palace
Rose PouchongChar Teas
PouchongCanton Tea Co
A formerly London-based friend served this up to me. She prepared it loose cup-by-cup. First the smell is lovely and aromatic, The taste is quite full with a strong but pleasant aftertaste. I’ve heard that it can be served with a splash of milk, which I will have to try. I’ve never had a light pouchong before, which I will have to try and compare this to!
Smell is rich and muscatal with a hint of rose. Fortnum & Mason has this as a black tea on their website, and while the brew is a deep red-orange, it just doesn’t have the same bite or body of any black teas I’ve tried. Very smooth. I’m used to very light pouchongs which fall under the oolong category, so this was a nice change.
Another floral share from Crowkettle via Sil! Thanks, you two! :D
However, rose is not a favourite of mine. But, I figured I’d try it anyhow. It’s actually not too crazy on the florals, given that it’s a rose tea. Or maybe age has tamed it somewhat. Either way, it was drinkable, with a nice balance of black base and rose. Planning on pawning off the final cup on my mom, though.
Advent Day 13
Advent Day 12 was a repeat of Royal Blend, which I wasn’t particularly fond of so I didn’t have it again. Today is a repeat of day 1, which I’m less annoyed by. I’m glad to get to drink more of this tea, but am disappointed that F&M is repeating teas in their calendar. It seems like such a good chance to market and sample a variety of teas, why would you waste the chance to introduce a new tea to someone? There are only 24 spaces in an advent calendar, do they really not have a variety of 24 teas to showcase? The calendar isn’t cheap either (it breaks down to just over $2.50 per tea bag), so it’s extra disappointing when they are just half assing or phoning it in in the effort department. If I get a repeat of the hibiscus tea F&M is going to be dead to me. In the mean time I’ll enjoy this cup with some cream. The rose isn’t sharp or too intense and the slightly malty base evens it out well. This has so far been my favorite of the calendar.
Sample from Crowkettle
this one smells like my grandma. I think she use to use rosewater or something..but this just took me back to her closet. Sadly, drinking this was a challenge because of that memory association and the fact that i’m not really a fan of floral teas. Still though…if that’s up your alley, this is a decent one :)
Oh, Fortnum & Mason, you confuse me sometimes. This is listed as a black tea, and while it does posses qualities that I would ascribe to a light black base the actual tea name says pouchong. I swear that’s a tea that straddles the line between green tea and oolong; it’s one of the reasons I bought this in London.
But then the description on the back of my tin says “large-leaf Maofeng Keemun”, which is a floral black tea. I’m going to assume that’s what it is, as all physical tea evidence points in that direction (dark leaves, red broth, chocolatey floral base with slight astringency).
I can’t say I’m too disappointed in this not being an actual pouchong , which may have been a little light to handle the lovely rose notes. The keemun is actually quite pleasant and smooth.
Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Rose