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I gave up drinking caffinated tea and coffee a couple of years ago as a new years resolution. I thought it would be really difficult, but I soon realised it wasn't the taste I missed, just the habit of having a hot drink. I replaced that habit with fruit tea and and herbal tea and have not looked back since. Since starting to drink fruit tea I have tried many many different varieties and brands. Even though I have my favorites, which I buy as staple items I still try new ones when and where I can. I recieved Twinings Rose tea as a gift. It came in a beautifully decorated cardboard box, which as a bonus was 100% recyclable. It was not the usual tea I would have bought and tried myself as it was a black fruit tea and I have very little experience with them, but as it was a gift I wanted to give it a go. The tea was lose in leaves, so I followed the instructions and added a set amount to my teapot. I let it brew for five to ten minutes and then used a strainer to pour it into my tea cup. The smell was subtle but lovely, like a dark tea mixed with a hint of deep secretive rose, not glamerous like rose perfume or spray, it was incredibly subtle. The tea itself tasted like dark tea, as in normal tea without milk, with a tiny element of perfumed fragrance to it. It was almost a strange combination, something so light and beautiful with dark heavy tea. I personally did not feel the two went overly well together, and I didnt like the blackness of it, it tasted like tea without milk, very over brewed and dark. If you like black tea then this could be for you, btu it was too heavy for me. More Rose next time please!
This is the perfect afternoon relaxation tea! I've gotten into a habit of putting my son down for his afternoon nap, making myself a cup of this tea and doing my dooyooing! By the way, the photo at the top is a bit dated now as this is now sold as Twinings Aromatics - Rose Pouchong. I've just had a quick look on Wikipedia and Pouchong is 'a very lightly oxidized tea somewhere between green tea and what is usually considered oolong tea'. Apparently Pouchong tea is commonly used for scented teas. On to the scent. Now I love all things rose scented and opening the box and having a whiff just makes me think of rose turkish delight - the aroma is actually stronger than the flavour which is far more subtle. The box states you can drink this black or with a touch of milk - I always make mine quite strong with a fair bit of milk (I know - very unrefined). As I said before, the rose flavour is quite subtle (even without the milk) and seems to have an instant effect on me to calm me down and chill me out. This tea isn't probably going to be to everyone's liking but if you like Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea then give this one a go. I'm going to make a tea loaf with this at the weekend so I'll let you know how that goes too! Normal price is £1.99 for 50 tea bags.
The rose perfume and large leaves form a classic China tea.