I love trying new teas! I’ve decided to gift myself a new type every month tops, for this year. Oh, with the exception of April – that month I will visit Japan (my graduation present!) – and I’m hoping to come back home with a ton of typical teas… 🙂
At any rate, this month’s pick is Twinings’ limited edition Rose Garden tea. It’s part of their series of black floral teas, with black box and a watercolor drawing of a lady in a flowing dress recalling the flower: Rose, Lavender, Blossom and Jasmine. (Part of this series was also the Mulled Tea, with orange and cinnamon, very Christmas-y – unfortunately it sold out before I had the chance to try it!). My local supermarket only carries Rose and Lavender. And well… the scent of the lavender one just brings to mind the scented lavender sachets I used to make with my grandma, to put in her drawers. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to drink lavender sachets 😉 So, rose it was.
Verdict? I absolutely love it. It reminds me of the rose syrup that my other grandma used to make when I was a child. She would pick rose petals from the huge garden in her Gavi house (at the back, the garden sloped down into miles of fields and grapevines; after all, Gavi is famous for its red wine). She would use them to make a sweet syrup, a color between pink and pale orange, and put it into tall, narrow, circular blue glass bottles. I loved smelling it.
This tea has the same flavour, sweet and gentle, really reminescent of a pale pink/orangeish smooth rose petal. It remains in your mouth long after you’ve finished your cup. And under it, the strong, solid background of the black tea, offering a steady support for the volatile rose flavor, anchoring it down. It’s a lovely combination, reminescent of the art of perfume making.
I might just have to stock up on this rose tea before the limited edition is over…