Aroma Tea House’s Rose Petal Red Tea

Rose Petal Red Tea by Aroma Tea House
Black Tea / Flavoured
$10.00 for 100g


First Impressions

First things first, “red tea” is what the Chinese call black tea, and “black tea” is what the rest of the world refers to as pu’erh (puerh/pu-erh) – just in case you though I lost my ever-tea-loving mind. That said, onto the review! I first tried Rose Petal Red Tea at Aroma Tea House’s 2017 Vancouver Tea Festival booth. It was one of the teas that they were sampling and I honestly just kept coming back around to their booth to taste this tea – it was that enticing and that good. I ended up buying it (obviously) and was happily given more samples of this tea.


There’s no ingredients listing on either the packaging or the product page online, but from the appearance of the day I would say it’s pretty much Chinese black tea, red rosebuds and red rose petals. This tea is amazingly floral and sweet. I would describe this tea as smelling pretty, if pretty had a smell.



There was no recommended water temperature for this tea, so I opted to go with 100°C (212°F), but Aroma Tea House did suggest steeping it between 1½ to 3½ minutes. My initial steep of Rose Petal Red Tea was 2 minutes.

First Taste

Rose Petal Red Tea steeps to a beautiful golden orange, and has a very floral aroma that comes up from this tea. It smells mostly of roses and I can barely smell the black tea base. For the flavour of Rose Petal Red Petal – there’s the distinct sweet floral notes of roses, as well as a nice bold earthiness from the black tea base. Some of the sweetness tastes like roses, and part of it tastes like honey. The earthy notes from the black tea base help to accentuate the flavour of the roses and keeps it from being a very ‘one note’ tea.


A Second Cup?

I resteeped Rose Petal Red Tea a total of four times, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The flavour gets a bit stronger, and starts to wane by the third and fourth resteep – I found the flavours to still be pretty good and I would say it probably needs a bit of honey for maybe the third or fourth resteeps if you like it to be a bit sweeter (otherwise, it doesn’t really need sweetener because of the floral sweetness that naturally comes from the rose petals).


My Overall Impression


I loved Aroma Tea House’s Rose Petal Red Tea. It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that I love this tea, since I tried it so many times at the Vancouver Tea Festival. This black tea blend tastes delicious, I found it flavourful and resteeped well. I think it would be the perfect tea to partner with an afternoon tea – black teas tend to be the norm and this tea just feels pretty to me, and who doesn’t want to feel pretty when having afternoon tea?

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Teatourist: Magic & Mischief Collection

Magic & Mischief Collection (December 2017) by Teatourist
£11-15 for 1 box, plus shipping (+£3-5 per box)


Teatourist has provided me with the Magic & Mischief Collection for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Teatourist curates and produces monthly tea subscription boxes. Each box comes with 6 different tea samples, containing enough tea to have 3-4 cups per tea, ranging from £11 (for a monthly subscription box) to £15 (for a one-off themed box). The packaging is beautiful, I love the bright colours. Each tea sample comes in a sealed (and resealable) plastic bag, with a corresponding card that can be taken apart. The tab over the front identifies the tea, while the rest of the card gives information on steeping instructions, the flavour profile, ingredients, and about the tea company itself.


The Magic & Mischief collection consisted of 6 teas plus a sample of fudge. The fudge didn’t last long after I started taking photos but I can tell you that it was delicious. The teas are: Mulled Wine Infusion (fruit tea) by Rutland Tea Company, Christmas Cake (black tea) by Bluebird Tea Co., Amaretta (black tea) by Tugboat, Cranberry Sauce (rooibos tea) by Parched Tea, Le Beauté Tea (herbal tea) by Pacifique Herbal Infusion, and White Christmas (white tea) by Nothing But Tea.


Because it’s already February (customs/post took a bit longer than expected due to holidays/customs) and this was the December box, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on three of the six tea blends. I’ll focusing my review on: Amaretta by Tugboat, Le Beauté Tea by Pacifique Herbal Infusion, and White Christmas by Nothing But Tea.

20180202-teatouristdecember4Clockwise from top: White Christmas, Le Beauté Tea, and Amaretta.

Amaretta is a flavoured black tea and consists of: black tea, almond, vanilla, and flavouring. There’s also what appears to be cornflower petals in the mix as well. The aroma is very strongly of almonds, with a hint of vanilla. It brings to mind of Christmas baking to me.

Le Beauté Tea is an herbal infusion, and consists of: quince, ginger, apple, carrot, lemongrass, spearmint, mallow, verbena, cranberry, cornflower blue, and natural flavouring. I definitely smelled the lemongrass, mint, and ginger when I opened up this bag. It’s very strong of those flavours – they’re quite aromatic and it has a nice brightness to it.

White Christmas is a flavoured white tea and consists of: white tea, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and rose petals. I think of the three, this one I would say is the prettiest. It has a beautiful aroma – primarily that of the cinnamon and ginger.

As an aside, the fudge is Orange Chocolate Fudge by Fab Fudge and was yum.


The preparation instructions for the three teas that I opted to focus on are as follows:

Amarettea (from Tugboat): steep in 100°C (212°F) water for 3-4 minutes, with a suggestion that it can be enjoyed with or without milk, sweetened to taste (and possibly with some brandy as well). My initial steep of Amaretta was for 3 minutes.

White Christmas (from Nothing But Tea): steep in 80°C (176°F) for 2-3 minutes. My initial steep of White Christmas was for 2 minutes.

La Beauté Tea (Pacifique Herbal Infusion): steep in 100°C (212°F) for 10 to 15 minutes. Seemed a bit long, but I allowed it to steep for 10 minutes.

First Taste

Amaretta steeps to a deep golden orange, I found that the aroma of this flavoured black tea very much matched the aroma from the dry leaf (almonds and vanilla). The flavour is primarily that of the almond, with the sweetness of vanilla in the background. The black tea base had a bit of a bite to it, like a breakfast tea. I did wind up adding a little bit of honey and that helped to brighten up the vanilla flavours in this black tea blend.


White Christmas steeps to a light golden orange, with the aromas still matching up to the dry leaf – being primarily cinnamon and ginger. I found the flavour to be quite warming, thanks to the spices. The white tea base helps to keep the tea light, while the rose petals added the very nice touch of a floral sweetness. I didn’t find that this tea needed anything added to it, the floral aromas were quite nice.


La Beauté Tea steeps to a lovely light yellow. It stills smells like its strongest herbal ingredients – ginger, lemongrass, and mint. When I tasted this tea, I got a burst of lemongrass, mint, and the heat from the ginger. Delicious, but I did add a touch of honey – this helped to temper down the heat from the ginger, while helping some of the sweeter elements come out (apple and carrot).


A Second Cup?

I resteeped all three of these tea blends. Amaretta did the best, with three additional steeps. I found that the vanilla flavours were mostly gone by the second resteep, so if the vanilla was your favourite part, perhaps keep this to just one more steep.


White Christmas did quite well for two additional steeps, and the cinnamon and ginger flavours stayed strong for both steeps and were enjoyable. I enjoyed the warming flavours of the spices.


And then there’s La Beauté Tea. This herbal infusion didn’t do that well with another steep, I would say it’s good for one steep only.


My Overall Impression


I loved the Magic & Mischief Collection by Teatourist. For £11-15 (approximately $15-22USD), it’s really not a bad deal. Considering you get 6 tea samples (12-15g/sample), I’m not sure if the fudge comes with every box (but it’s so good) so I won’t take that into consideration, but for 72-90g of tea and to sample 6 teas from different 6 tea companies with such a variety of blends, I definitely think that the cost is worth it. For a great bonus, if you want to buy more of any one tea that you really liked, you get coupon codes for each tea company.

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Tea in Texas’ Texas Twist

Texas Twist by Tea in Texas
Black Tea / Flavoured
$10.00USD for 2.0oz


First Impressions

Texas Twist was a birthday gift that I received last year as part of a trio of teas from Tea in Texas (the first was published in December of Prairie Green). Like the previous review I did of a Tea in Texas tea, the loose leaf tea came to me in a resealable black bag that has the information about the tea printed on the label.


The tea itself consists of: black tea, orange peels, citrus oils, cinnamon sticks, and spices. The aroma from the dry leaf is quite strongly of orange and cinnamon, the citrus aroma is bright (perhaps due to the addition of the citrus oils?) and is quite inviting. The label on this tea describes it as a best-selling tea blend for the company, so I’m quite eager to try it.



Tea in Texas recommends steeping Texas Twist in 212°F (100°C) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I opted for my initial steep to be 3 minutes.

First Taste

Texas Twist steeps to a deep orange, the aroma that wafts up from the tea as I pour from my teapot to teacup is primarily that of orange. The citrus aroma is strong in this black tea blend, which I can appreciate. There’s the underlying aromas of spices and cinnamon, I still can’t quite pick out which spices there are in this blend, but it smells good.

When I sipped Texas Twist for the first thing, I was surprised at how sweet the tea is. Sugar isn’t listed on the ingredients list, so I’m chalking it up as part of just the combination of ingredients that are present in this black tea blend. I taste oranges, and cinnamon, and whatever spices are present in Texas Twist have an enjoyable warming quality to it. It reminds me a bit of the warming qualities that ginger has, but I don’t believe that I taste ginger in this tea. The black tea base lends a nice strength behind the tea, with a robustness and maltiness that reminds me of breakfast tea.


I did allow a cup of Texas Twist to cool to room temperature to try it, but found that I enjoyed this tea hot better than cooled.

A Second Cup?

Texas Twist is a black tea blend, so of course I had to try resteeping it. I wound up resteeping Texas Twist a total of three times (four steeps total with the same leaves). I increased the length of steeping time by 30 seconds for each additional resteep. For the first resteep, I found that the tea tasted pretty much the same as the initial steep, with perhaps being a little lighter in orange flavour but the sweetness was still the same. The second resteep was a bit weaker, while the third resteep was the weakest (and the least tasty). I think that Texas Twist does well for two resteeps (three steeps total).


My Overall Impression


I loved Tea in Texas’ Texas Twist. I always like when a tea blend can be resteeped, and Texas Twist fits into that category quite nicely. The natural sweetness that I found in this citrus black tea blend was enjoyable with a great warming quality to it. It has a nice strong black tea base to it that handles resteeping well. I wish that the product label (or the product page) had listed the spices – so if you have any allergies, I would recommend contacting Tea in Texas for more information.

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