Rose Congou

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Scented Black Tea

 

Rose Congou Tea

 

Appearance: medium-leaf black tea with the addition of dry rose petals
Manufacture:
orthodox scented tea manufacture
Oxidation: full-oxidized
Flavor: full-flavored black tea with the heady addition of rose aromatics
Aroma: beguiling, forthright fragrance of roses
Liquor: dark ruby red color in the cup

 

 

Sichuan Province, China
Traditional Chinese Scented Tea Manufacture with Fresh Rose Petals

2015 Summer Tea Manufacture (July)
2015 Summer Rose Petal Harvest (July, August)

Several months rest period after manufacture for tea to fully aromatize before it goes to market

 

Use 1.5 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
We recommend a 3-5 minute steeping for our scented teas; use a shorter steeping time if you want more rose flavor and a longer steeping time if you want more black tea flavor
Water temperature should be 190˚F-200˚F

This is the nicest batch of Rose Congou tea that we have tasted in a long time. It is a highly perfumed and luscious tea that is a heady combination of black tea and rose. It is richly textured in the cup and perfect for fans of aromatic Chinese flower teas.

Our Rose Congou tea is made by traditional manufacture, which is the same method of manufacture we choose for our China Jasmine teas. Which means that the tea was scented using fresh rose flower petals (not artificial essences) that were introduced to the tea at a certain point in the tea making process.

The not-yet-dried tea and the fresh rose petals generate heat during this co-mingling and as a result the tea ‘absorbs’ the floral aromatics from the fresh rose petals. Extra dried rose petals are added for appearance.

Flower-scented tea (hua cha) is a Chinese specialty first made during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). These fragrant teas later reached a pinnacle of excellence in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The most famous of the Chinese scented teas are sweet-scented jasmine, rose, lychee and osmanthus-scented teas.