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Rose Congou Emperor Tea from Culinary Teas

August4

RoseCongouTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Tea Description:

Congou is a general name for non-broken Chinese black teas. Rose Congou is layered 5 times with rose petals, which give the tea a delicate ethereal rose character.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Until today, I had never tried a Rose Congou tea iced.  I had heard so much about how good Rose Congou tea is iced, but, I had not tried it.  So when it came time to try this Rose Congou Emperor Tea from Culinary Teas, I figured it was high time that I try it iced!

And WOW!  All that I’ve heard – all the hype and praise of Rose Congou as an iced tea – it’s all true!  This tea is absolutely DELIGHTFUL iced!  It’s a little sweeter, and there’s a tangy quality to it that is … it’s not quite what I’d call “tart” exactly, but, it offers a really pleasing contrast to the aforementioned sweetness.  It is actually a little reminiscent of a Baklava that’s been flavored with rose water … at least, that’s what memories it evokes for me.

I really like this Rose Congou … having tried it first hot before allowing the remainder of the pot to cool enough to chill in the refrigerator, I found that this particular rose tea was very pleasant.  The rose is soft and delicate and doesn’t taste perfume-y or overly floral.

The rose is nicely balanced with the Chinese Congou black tea, which provides a smooth, rich backdrop of flavor for the rose notes that play on the foreground.  It tastes sweet and exotic.  A very enjoyable cup hot … made even more enjoyable when served iced!

So, if you’re like me, and haven’t taken the time to stash a pitcher full of Rose Congou Tea in the icebox, do that now!  You won’t be sorry.  This makes an incredibly refreshing, unique and surprisingly delicious cold drink.

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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