|"Extremely soothing and relaxing. The smell of the rose invokes calm and the taste of the tea relaxes the muscles. Its quite a sensation."|
I chose to use 1 tsp of tea per my 8oz of water heated to 203ºF. I then let it infuse for 1 minute as per Canton Tea Co. directions. I actually used an unbleached paper filter bag because I was on the go.
The aroma of the dry leaves is heady and strong to say the least. A perfume-y quality permeates the mind instantly. At this point, I would say the smell is overpowering. The leaves themselves are small, very twisted, and range in color from golden to midnight black. The rosebuds are very large.
The liquor had a beautiful cream soda color. Caramel but crystal clear due to the filter bag I used. The aroma is very muted, a pleasant surprise. The Yunnan tea shines through with delicate florals poking through from the rose. Honey flavors coat the palate. Extremely soothing and relaxing. The smell of the rose invokes calm and the taste of the tea relaxes the muscles. Its quite a sensation. The brew had an unfortunately thin body. I wonder if that was from using a filter bag. I was thinking how to increase the body and thought to add cream but then it might over power the subtle rose and honey notes. As the cup cooled however, more flavors emerged. Cashews and hazelnuts to compliment the honey and rose. Simply exquisite. Very pleasant with no tannin whatsoever.
The wet leaves open to a rusty brown color. The heavy, heady rose aroma dulls to a mellow sweetness.
I would use this tea in a digestif or dessert application. Add a bit of sugar, maybe a bit of low fat milk or even almond milk. Could pair well with chocolate desserts and other sweet finishings. If paired with an overly sweet dessert or ice creams, I would leave out the bit of sugar and dairy.
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