Rose to the occasion…
(Black tea, white chocolate, rose buds, natural and artificial flavouring.)
Valentine’s Day is one of the most commercial holidays in the year (aside from Halloween and Christmas), a time when people spend the most money possible on cards, toys, chocolate(s) and flowers (roses, in particular) to shower their loved ones with the utmost affection. Now with V-Day just over two weeks away, it is never too early to get yourself into the romantic mindset. White Chocolate Rose (formerly known as English Rose) is everything you love about February 14th fused into a fragrant black tea. I personally love how simple (and pretty!) this blend is. It is literally just curls of white chocolate and whole rose buds sprinkled into a classic black tea. The dry leaves smells incredibly floral, like rose perfume or rose water, which leaves me apprehensive, because who personally wants to drink perfume?
It basically has the same aroma after four minutes of steeping, but toned down a bit. The white chocolate contributes that trademark oil film that you may sometimes see at the top of your cup. It is a nice, caramel-like brown colour, with slight creaminess from the chocolate, but honestly, not very much. The rose does a great job of dominating over everything, from the aroma to the taste. Although, I must note that the maltiness from the black tea base does help mellow out the intensity of the rose, avoiding too perfume-y of an overall flavour profile. If you are not a fan of strong floral notes, this definitely won’t be your cup of tea. Personally, I don’t mind it too much. It actually sent me through a loop hole, because the smell and taste reminds me so much of cream soda, oddly enough. And I’m probably alone in thinking that. But all in all, this is a very fitting tea to be part of this year’s Valentine’s Day collection. It doesn’t get more romantic than this.