White Rose

Tea type
White Tea
Artificial Flavouring, Rose Petals, White Tea
Floral, Pepper, Rose, Smooth, Sweet, Perfume
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 13 oz / 382 ml

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One of the all-time classic combinations. Delicate white tea is blended with pretty rose petals for a floral and wonderfully sweet-scented sensation. Often served in traditional Chinese tea houses, the rose blends harmoniously with the white tea’s downy buds and darker leaves. Preserving the refined nature of the tea, flowers add delicate sweetness that lingers from start to finish.

Ingredients: White tea, rose petals, artificial flavor

Brewing Guide: 1 tsp per cup, 4-6 min, 80 C (175 F)

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I love this white tea with rose it makes for such a delicate tea that to me it is the perfect afternoon tea to accompany something sweet as the tea itself is so light with no lingering aftertaste allowing you to really savour what you are eating along with it.

I was disappointed when I opened the packet to see so much ‘dust’ and very chopped up leaves but in saying that it hasn’t distracted from the taste and it still delivers a very beautiful cup of tea.

The taste is of a very, very light tea – no bitterness, only a small amount of grassiness and an overshadowing of crisp rose. I enjoy the first infusion of this tea and prefer to start over again if I ever finish off a teapot but I find it lends itself to protracted drinking and I can make a teapot of this tea last a good hour, I also don’t find I’m put off if I let it get lukewarm which is handy as I have a tendency to really drag out my drinking of this.

It is one of T2’s more expensive teas but they often have it for sample in store in the summer months – I think because it’s such a light tea – so I’d recommend keeping an eye out for it.

White rose tea is the tea that got me drinking tea and this is a good white rose tea so I really recommend giving this to a friend who has yet to turn to the tea-side. :)

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1024 tasting notes

Sampler, yum! Yum. Yes. Delicious. Not quite as rosy on the second steep, but still lovely.

180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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1226 tasting notes

Twelfth tea for March Mad(Hatter)ness! This is for the white tea round, going against Tea Chai Te’s Peach Blossom White. Both of these 2018 teas are ones I’ve reviewed before (original review for this tea can be found here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/376601 ), but considering how long ago they were, I’m going to do a proper revisit.

The dry leaf of this blend isn’t nearly as pretty as the Peach Blossom White, which had nice full leaves and wad decorated with jasmine blossoms, while this tea has very broken leaf material, including the rose petals. But the smell, to a rose-tea fanatic like me, is divine. It’s super strong and smells just like walking through a rose garden, without any hints of aroma of the actual white leaf. For those less inclined to rose, I’d imagine this aroma would probably be abrasive, the sort of thing described as “perfume” or “soap” by others. To me, it is invigorating and lovely!

Steeped 2g for 3 minutes in 350ml 185F water. The brewed tea continues to have that strong rose aroma. The flavor is all rose, without really any of the base shining through, except in mouthfeel; it provides much more body than a straight herbal rose petal/bud tea, providing a smooth, silky, and coating feeling over the tongue. Those rose is strong and lingering, and I definitely can see “perfumy” qualities in it; I’m just not personally bothered by them. There is also that very subtle, somewhat herbaceous “peppery” note I typically taste with rose as well.

This is hard, because objectively, I feel Tea Chai Te’s Peach Blossom White is a better white tea; the leaf looks better, qualities of the base add notes to the tea, the flavoring concept is there. This one has much worse-looking leaf, the white tea is only adding body but no flavor, and the flavor concept isn’t just there, but steamrolling it. Yet… I like how this one tastes better, which is an entirely personal preference. I doubt very many people would enjoy rose tea at this sort of intensity… I just happen to be one of them.

I feel conflicted about it, but Rose White moves on!

Flavors: Floral, Pepper, Perfume, Rose, Smooth, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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