Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dark Rose Tea - TeaSource

The tea selected from the overflowing basket of assorted tea samples is a Dark Rose Tea that has been compressed into dainty little hearts containing dark tea and rose petals.

White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Dark tea are some of the unique tea categories that are all processed from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis. It is the tea processing methods that produce the wide range of tea categories. Basically, a Dark Tea is a tea that has gone through an aging process and a unique second fermentation.

This dark tea is sourced from the Hunan province in China whereas a Puerh (a subcategory of dark teas) is from Yunnan.
Packaged in a resealable bag, brewing instructions are clearly marked on the back of the package. TeaSource is a very reputable company, voted Best Tea Company in 2015 and the owner, Bill Waddington is a knowledgeable and well known expert in the tea community.

The tiny heart is shown here before it is brewed, alongside the wet leaf after it was steeped for 6 minutes. It yields a rich color in the cup and a smooth flavor. The rose petals add a delicate sweetness to the flavor. Not as hearty or robust as a puerh, a dark tea still reaps the health benefits associated with this category of teas.

Breakfast and Blogging this morning - a cup of Dark Rose Tea from TeaSource and a Whole Food Plant Based Pumpkin Muffin. Yum - on both accounts!


Marilyn Miller said...

Just the kind of breakfast I like. Though I must say I wasn't that crazy about those little hearts. I had thought I would love them and wanted to love them so much. They would make great Valentine small gifts. Maybe I need to try them again.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

What an interesting tea! Definitely a conversation starter.

parTea lady said...

Looks like a yummy breakfast and fun to combine it with blogging. Thanks for visiting. That is one of my favorite ornaments and is by Lenox. I have seen it available on Ebay.

Vanessa Howell said...

A perfect tea for breakfast, I will add this one on my list for this month.

Angela McRae said...

Yum indeed! And those heart-shaped teas are delightful!