Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. This charming blend hails from India’s southern Nilgiri region (famous for the floral quality of its teas) and China’s Fujian province. This tea shines by itself, or with the addition of milk and sugar.
The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses!