It’s Sampler September! I happen to have a bunch of samples acquired this year from a box to monetarily support Tea Fest PDX (I’d attended in person in Portland, OR, during 2019, 2020 and 2021 were both cancelled events). The box has miscellaneous tea samples from their sponsors, two of the sample teacups from a past year, an antique silver tea spoon, and a pretty gem teabag weight.
This sample comes from Cup of Tea (shop located in Clackamas, Oregon). It’s a simple Chinese black rose-scented tea, but that sounded really nice this morning. Steeped 2.5g to 350ml 205F water, 3 minutes.
I love the aroma of a rose tea. Dry, it smells like walking through the massive Rose Garden in Portland. Brewed, the floral rose sweetness also has that slight peppery musk, and there is a bready/citrusy aroma coming from the tea. There isn’t anything special about the taste; it is strongly sweet rose, with some body and a mellow baked bread and citrus back drop from the black tea and just a hint of pepper/spice. It’s nice! Feels a bit “out of season” with a fresh “spring” sort of taste, but I’ve missed sipping on this flavor profile. I may use up the remainder of the sample packet on a latte, as I’ve always enjoyed the taste of a strong rose black with milk.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Citrus, Floral, Pepper, Rose, Spices