Review: Canton Tea Company Yunnan Rose

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Thumbs up!"The roses impart a delicate floral dimension to the flavour profile, which manages to be neither cloying or soapy-tasting. Nice! "
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cantonuyunnanroseI love Yunnan black tea for it's sweet, smooth and lightly peppery profile. I was curious to see what it would taste like when blended with roses. The folks at Canton describe the tea as having “a slightly sweet taste, to make a rich, satisfying and indulgent drink”. Whole, very fragrant, pink buds top the ebony-coloured leaves of my sample. It's a treat for the eyes as well as the nose!

Canton recommends a light brewing for this tea. I followed their instructions, steeping a teaspoonful of leaves in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 1 minute. The cup colours to a dark, rusty brown hue. The floral aroma is distinct but toned down, compared to the dry blend's. Taking a sip, the flavours are all naturally very sweet, especially in the finish. The tea lends a smooth, creamy base, infused with subtle caramel and sweet potato notes. These are a great complement to the blooms. The roses impart a delicate floral dimension to the flavour profile, which manages to be neither cloying or soapy-tasting. Nice!

My second brew is rougher in feel yet thinner-bodied than the first. After two minutes, the rose and the leaves' flavours are each more distinct. The floral component is still very present and well developed, taking on an almost cinnamon-like taste that is very addicting.

I try a third brew following a 3 and half minute-long steep. It has lots of floral notes to the finish still. The leaves' contribution is waning, but not in any unpleasant way. The tea is just getting thinner and less tasty. The overall effect comes across more like a rose tisane.

Soft and soothing, this is a great cup when one is in need of pampering. It's fairly light, so I can see why Canton recommends it for afternoon sipping. I think it would make a fabulous desert tea, especially paired with Middle Eastern or Indian sweets. Just make sure to shake up the package to get to the leaves at the bottom of the package. A reasonably priced treat for all the senses!

— To purchase Canton Tea Company Yunnan Rose, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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