“ Brand: Taylors of Harrogate / Type: Herbal Tea „
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One of the greatest pleasures in life is to wander into The Willows Tea Room in Glasgow, and to sit in the afternoon with one of their absolutely mouth-watering filled cream home made meringues, and a cup of rose petal tea. Sadly I don't live in Glasgow, but have been there on many occasions, and the smell of the tea is something which I adore.
So when I can I emulate this experience at home and make rose petal tea. The brand I really like is made by Taylors of Harrogate who are a family business dating back to 1886. This company has a sustainability program which ensures that the growers are paid fairly for their products, and the company has been given a Queen's award for sustainable development. In addition to this they have with the help of their customers planted 3 million trees around the world.
China Rose Petal Leaf Tea is one of their most attractive teas. It is sold in a square box which is decorated in a lilac shade, with a rather antique looking floral and bird pattern. I buy mine in a delicatessen, but I have seen it in many specialist food stores and it retails for £2.68 for 125g.
This tea is made from China Congou black leaf tea which is mixed with pink rose petals. And when you open the foil inside the tea really is speckled with little rose petals and so it looks really pretty.
Now to make this really needs the ceremony of a tea pot! One teaspoon per person and one for the pot, and a 2 or 3 minute wait after the boiling water is added should make this ready to serve. Don't add anything, especially not milk, as it doesn't work at all and don't over brew either. Pour into a tea cup and enjoy.
The scent from the cup is like drinking rose Turkish Delight- it is absolutely lovely, and at home, although I rarely have a large meringue to accompany my cup, I have been known to enjoy one of those lovely rose cream chocolates which go really well with this. Equally good are a couple of squares of Turkish Delight from the box-yum!
I don't think this tea is a morning drink, it says afternoon tea to me -maybe that is because of where I have enjoyed it in a café setting I am not sure, but if you are planning to wile away a weekend afternoon some day soon this is the perfect way to start!
I don't think this tea appeals to the men in my life at all. My husband tolerates it and my sons have a mild interest, but that's as far as it goes, but I do think it makes a lovely gift, especially if you have an aunty you just can't decide what to buy for at Christmas.
This is rather a special tea and it is an easier option than the one my grandmother used to make many years ago with rose petals from the garden. She would steep these in boiling water with black tea and rose water to make a lovely afternoon drink which this drink so reminds me of.
It is quintessentially English and is something rather special. A lovely summery tea with a delicate and floral aroma. Perfect with scones, or any pastries. Just need a tea-pot and an hour or two or savour the moment!
Brand: Taylors of Harrogate / / Type: Herbal Tea