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I'm experimenting with tea.

I ran out, last week. So I dutifully headed down to the tea shop to stock up.

Usually, I'll buy one black tea I've had before (and know I like) and one that I've never tried. This time, I decided to be different, and buy a non-black tea I've never tried: Roses.

Yep. Roses. It smelled like pot-pourri; it tastes like... well, kind of like what you'd expect mushy petals in hot water to taste like. (Not good, in fact.)

I could always throw out my drinkable pot-pourri and return to familiar old black tea... but instead, I decided to experiment.

I am now drinking black tea (flavoured with a slight hint of vanilla) combined with a lot of roses. And with milk in it.

It's actually pretty nice...

Date: 2010-09-12 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I now have that "Moses supposes his toeses are roses" song running through my head.


Date: 2010-09-12 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Ack! And now it's in mine!


Date: 2010-09-12 10:42 pm (UTC)
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If it turns out you tire of sipping black rose tea, you could always stick the teabags in wherever you keep your clothes. If they smell nice. I would expect them to, anyhow.

I am glad your experimentation was fruitful! (except you have to have rose hip tea in order to say you had a fruit tea... okay, okay, I'll stop now.)

Date: 2010-09-12 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Yummy! I do this with Earl Grey. :) I think it's officially called Rosey Earl or something like that.

Date: 2010-09-13 12:02 am (UTC)
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Tea isn't meant to have much "taste" anyway - one of the world's top tea tasters couldn't tell black tea apart from coffee when his nose was plugged.

Though some do come up sweeter than others, it's all in the fragrance :-p

Date: 2010-09-13 02:10 am (UTC)
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I think you're right about fragrance. I love smelling my mug of jasmine tea, but the actual drinking part is kind of... yucky.

I do like Chai tea, though. When it has enough sugar and milk in it. Even though especially because there's more cinnamon and stuff like that than actual tea.

Date: 2010-09-13 03:18 am (UTC)
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Only black tea is TEA! In my mania I can go for 20-30 min discussing why do they call herbal tea TEA and should they do it. (see, it brought me out of lurking)

My dislike for herbal teas are very much based on the name. When I hear "tea", I imagine this strong, cognac-colored brew that perks me up... And then you get smelly water! I really think if it was called a tisane, a brew, a whatever, I'd enjoy this drink more.

I don't understand how a tea-taster couldn't taste difference between coffee and tea (taiba comment). That's counterintuitive for me.

Date: 2010-09-13 11:39 am (UTC)
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May I suggest this site:

There is an 'Adore Tea' tea house in Canberra; sort of like a cafe, but for tea. IT. IS. AWESOME. I don't think I can really give it the credit it's due though :p I would strongly recommend buying tea from them. They really do sell the best loose leaf tea I've ever tasted :D


Date: 2010-09-14 04:47 am (UTC)
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I am a huge fan of black tea with roses in it! (I do tend to yell "WOSES!" whenever I brew it.) I am glad you like it! (And you have to keep it light, or you get rose oil and it's too much.)


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