Herbal Rose Tea: flavor highlights
Take time to smell the roses, they say. Luckily, there’s such a thing as rose tea to bring some serenity into our time-strapped lives! Rose teas exist in countless delightful varieties, in tea bags and loose-leaf. From strong black or delicate green teas laced with fragrant rose petals to dreamy white teas infused with rosebuds to a range of herbal blends featuring rosehips and a symphony of herbs, flowers, and spices, rose teas gently introduce your senses to a quiet, happy realm where you’ll love to linger. The fact that rose-flavored teas are often served in wedding receptions and other romantic occasions is no surprise.
Fragrant, floral, and famous
The sweet, lilting scent of rose petals is among the most recognizable fragrances in the world. We often come across it in perfumes, cosmetics, and even desserts. In fact, rose oil and rose petals were historically used in perfumes and skin-care concoctions originating in Persia, Arabia, and India. Drinking herbal brews with rose petals has also been a tradition in many cultures. Now identified as good sources of Vitamin C, Rosehips was an important ingredient in Chinese traditional medicines.
What is rose tea good for?
Its lovely fragrance aside, rose tea promises a range of health benefits. For starters, loose-leaf rose teas tend to be caffeine-free and, as such, can give you your daily fix without dehydrating you or making you restless. Rose is also rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to better heart and brain health and reduced risk of cancer and type-2 diabetes. Among the main phenols in rose tea, gallic acid is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, while anthocyanins keep the eyes and the urinary tract healthy. Some preliminary studies also suggest that regular consumption of rose tea can decrease menstrual pain.
Tasting notes in reviews
Rose teas are “smooth, light and delicate,” “sweet without being cloying,” and “perfect for special occasions.” Flavored teas with rosebuds as their chief ingredients make “elegant,” “golden and luminous” liquors with a “soothing and velvety” flavor. The effect is similar in rose-flavored white teas. Rosebuds or rose petals add an “enchanting aroma” to green teas, turning them into “enjoyable evening drinks.” When added to black teas (usually in conjunction with lychee or other fruit flavors), rose buds create a “warm earthiness” that is “floral but not overpowering.”
Rose teas have a characterizing fragrance that blends very well with other floral aromas and fruit additives. Try dreamy rose tea blends with added accents of hibiscus, lavender, and chamomile. You can definitely add these botanical accents to your rose-flavored teas. Being a tea blender is not that hard, really. Rose fragrance is perfect for a soothing end-of-the-day drink. If, on the other hand, you prefer strong caffeine-rich drinks, try adding rose petals to your favorite black tea to give it a pleasant floral dimension. Rose teas can also be accented with chocolate (cocoa nibles), vanilla, or orange spice.
Where to buy the best Rose Tea online?
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Mountain Rose Tea
Flowers are an expression of love especially ones in an intoxicating potion bound to halt time as you spend it with your special one. Sweet and intensely floral, this tea feels increasingly warm and welcoming. With every sip, you can relish flavors of pink rose, jasmine, and cardamom, well-balanced, beautifully rounded and robust throughout.
Chamomile Rose Silver Needle White Tea
Refreshing, chamomile and rose fragrance. This tea is a combination of Fuding silver needle white tea, and rose and chamomile flowers: the first fragrance you notice is that of the rose, while the first taste is the chamomile. The refreshing flavor of the white tea serves as an excellent accompaniment to the floral scent, and with such a rich flavor, this tea will definitely satisfy your thirst.This tea has many health benefits too, mainly during the summer due to white tea's ability to relieve heat, and chamomile's calming properties to cool you down from the inside out. It is believed in traditional Chinese medicine that white tea, rose, and chamomile all have beneficial medicinal properties.
Rose Dian Hong Black Tea
Rose fragrance, mellow taste. This tea is made with roses from France known for their rich fragrance. The result of the mixing with Dian Hong black tea from Yunnan produces with pleasing tea, bringing you a fantastic experience combining the tea's mellow, sweet flavor with the bright fragrance of the roses.
Ayurvedic Rose Herbal Green Tea
100% Natural Tea Organic Green Tea Leaves mixed with 21 Medicinal Herbs from India A delicious flavour of rose in every sip with a gentle sweetness in the background The tea is characteristic of an earthy aroma of rose with bright liquor Heals, energizes, rejuvenates and refreshes Soothing and beneficial for total well being It is an ideal anytime drink tea A delectable cup of herbal green tea mixed with exotic and medicinal herbs sourced from the mystical Himachal Valley in Northern India. Our proficient blenders have sourced premium, pure green teas from the heavenly regions of Kangra and Assam. The base is then blended with fresh aromatic Indian spices and an array of exotic and ancient herbs like Holy Basil (Tulsi), Indian ginseng, Indian Valerian, Red Sandalwood amongst others. All of the 21 herbs are blended in specific ratios by our blenders to bring to you a bright, aromatic liquor with grassy and woody notes.
Sweet & Floral Blended Black Tea, Rose Petal Black
Anhui, China Also known 'Meigui Hongcha', Rose Petal Black is a blend of the popular Chinese black tea 'Keemun' and fragrant red rose petals. Robust Keemun. The small leaf tea from Qimen county of Anhui province is best known as the main ingredient for the popular 'English Breakfast' blends. Red Rose Petals. Although there is a vast universe of rose varieties, the ideal for combining with Keemun are the red roses native to Qimen county. They have a distinct, sweet, cooling aroma that lends balance to the blend. Pairing: Rose Petal Black pairs well with slightly spicy and oily foods. It also makes a good iced tea. One of our favorite recipes is to prepare a sauce from Rose Petal Black and pour it over vanilla ice cream.
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Isabelle is a freelance writer, self-taught tea nerd, and tea blending enthusiast. She is a herbalist with a strong interest in Ayurveda. Each year Isabelle travels extensively, returning with tea samples from around the world. She is a big fan of handmade teaware and Japanese green teas.