Rose Congou - Emperor
Rose Congou, The Emperor of Teas is just so good it makes you smile after every sip. A non-broken black tea from China, complex and rich its character is exquisitely delicate when infused.
Congou is now the generic name for a quality black China tea, but the original Chinese words... (kong hu te) translated means (elaborately prepared tea)
Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced from recipes passed down through the ancestors, before essential oils were available rose was one of the easiest scents to absorb, the blooms would be collected from all around the plantation and scattered liberally into the tea, today the process is the same apart from natural oils are used to speed up and regulate the process ensuring a consistently great taste.
The finest tea is layered with rose petals in carefully monitored conditions to absorb the scent of the flowers as the traditional method. When opening the bag the natural fragrance instantly fills the room. This would be a good welcome to the world of floral tea for the newcomer, but be warned scented tea will never be the same again.
Region: Fujian Province
Caffeine Guide: Medium
Antioxidant Content: High
Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level
Infusion Colour: Light with touch of coppery colour
Grade: FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe)
Aroma: Floral - roses
Process: Orthodox (Traditional leafy), Small batch crafted.
Ingredients: Black tea, and Rose petals.
Taste: This tea is layered 5 times with rose petals, which
give the tea a delicate and ethereal rose character
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Summer days are enhanced by the scent of rose tea, especially in the garden.
This really is the most delicate tea and the best I have ever tasted since discovering rose congou/pouchong some 15 years ago.
What a lovely tea! The rose fragrance is quite intense on opening the packet and throughout brewing, and the flavour matches this. None of the actual tea flavour is sacrificed, however. The brew is quite dark, with a very good, rounded and satisfying tea flavour, complemented by the very flavoursome rose. The best floral tea I have ever had!
This tea has the most beautiful rose aroma and taste, far more fragrant than other brands with more petals, I've tried others and come back to this
There are various variants of Rose Congou tea, but I find this is by far the best. It's a good China black tea, Keemun-like, with rose petals layered in, distinctly rosy and delicate, good for soothing the heart and lovely for special tea moments. Brings a smile to the face. Highly recommended.