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. Rosehips, now identified as good sources of Vitamin C, were 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 and reviews
Rose teas are “smooth, light and delicate”, “sweet without being cloying”, and “perfect for special occasions”. Herbal teas with rose buds 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. Rose buds 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 Ceylon black tea to give it a pleasant floral dimension. Rose teas can also be accented with chocolate (cocoa nibles), vanilla, or orange blossoms.