I’ve had this sample bag in my cupboard for awhile, but have been hesitant to try it because of the rose. I have been afraid that this would be too much like perfume or just simply that the rose would overshadow the white tea base too much. Surprisingly this brewed up a burnt orange shade that suprised me due to it being a white tea, but I suppose the rose is the culprit. First sip without additives, it has a somewhat sweet taste but the floral notes are overpowering. I honestly don’t know if I can finish this cup. Let me add some honey to see if it smooths it out a bit. Nope, now it just tastes like honey flavored perfume. Okay, down the drain it goes. I think the issue is that the rose was too much for the white tea base, perhaps I would like rose better with a black tea. Or maybe rose just isn’t for me.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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