Tea By C’s Rose Buds

Rose Buds by Tea By C
Herbal Infusion / Straight
$10.00USD for 1oz

Tea By C has provided me with Rose Buds for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Rose Buds came to me in a now-familiar kraft paper pouch from Tea By C. It came with an information card that includes the health benefits, tasting notes, steeping guide, as well as the information about flower anatomy on the back (definitely takes me back to my biology undergrad days!). The tisane itself solely consists of rose buds, which I think is well reflected in the name.

Rose Buds is an herbal tisane, consisting of rose buds from France. It’s naturally caffeine-free, which makes for a nice any-time-of-day drink. The rose buds themselves are lightly pink and pretty delicate looking. The aroma is all roses, which shouldn’t be that big of a surprise.

Preparation

Tea By C recommends steeping Rose Buds in boiling water (100°C/212°F) for 1 to 2 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 90 seconds.

First Taste

Rose Buds steeps to a pale yellow. The aroma is definitely roses throughout. On first taste, I taste both sweetness, and the rose floral notes. It’s not as heavily perfume-like as I had expected, which I think has a lot to do with the steeping time. It has a very soothing aroma to it, which I appreciated when I had it as a post-dinner drink.

A Second Cup?

Tea By C suggests that Rose Buds can been steeped 1 to 2 times. I attempted a second resteep, and opted to steep it for 3 minutes. I found that the flavour was fairly close to the initial steep, but it was just a touch weaker. I would recommend doing at least one more steep with Rose Buds to get all that rose flavour.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea By C’s Rose Buds. I really enjoyed the overall experience of this tisane – from admiring the dry buds to smelling the steeped tisane to the first taste. The surprise for me was the fact that it didn’t remind me of potpourri when I was drinking it, which is always a potential hazard when it comes to flower-dominate tisanes. I loved that Rose Buds handled being resteeped once and the flavour wasn’t too far off from the initial steep.

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Djamoekoe’s Tropical Island

Tropical Island by Djamoekoe
Green Tea / Flavoured
Rp 65,000 for 25g

First Impressions

Tropical Island was a gift from a friend who made a trip to Indonesia – I’ve been quite blessed by friends who get the opportunities to go travelling around the world (and think about me when they’re away!). Tropical Island came in a kraft paper pouch with a clear plastic window, the tea inside is in a plastic pouch that’s resealable.

The aroma of the dry leaf is strong of lemongrass and ginger – with lots of spicy notes. The ingredients in Tropical Island are: green tea, pandan, lemongrass, ginger, and young coconut flakes.

Preparation

Djamoekoe recommends steeping Tropical Island in boiling water (100°C/212°F) water and to allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. I steeped Tropical Island for 5 minutes in a teapot.

First Taste

Tropical Island steeps to a golden yellow colour. The aroma of the steeped tea is strongly of lemongrass and ginger. The flavour of the tea is sweet and spicy – I can taste lemongrass, ginger, with some nice floral notes and mild grassy notes in the background. I was impressed that the green tea didn’t end up being oversteeped with the tea being steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Tropical Island twice – adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The colour became more golden yellow, and the flavour of the lemongrass and ginger got stronger. It’s very pleasant and it has a nice spiced flavour.

My Overall Impression

I loved Djamoekoe’s Tropical Island. The flavour of the lemongrass and ginger really make it, and the sweetness of the tea is nice – I can’t tell if it’s from the pandan or the young coconut flakes, but it’s really enjoyable. While Djamoekoe suggests using honey or sugar, I don’t think it really needs it because of the natural sweetness in the blend. I did like having it iced though, the spice notes from the ginger really shine through and I think this could be cold steeped quite nicely as well.

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DavidsTea’s Strawberry Colada

Strawberry Colada by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Strawberry Colada was a purchase I made during DavidsTea online sale. This fruity blend is a tisane, the aroma is bright and fruity – I can smell coconut, strawberry and pineapple. The pieces of fruit are huge and honestly seems like a lot of large chunks. The description suggests having it over crushed ice with rum.

Strawberry Colada consists of: hibiscus, rosehip shells, apple, pineapple, coconut, strawberry, natural and artificial flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Strawberry Colada in ‘near-boiling’ water for 4 to 7 minutes. I opted to steep in 100°C (212°F) water for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Strawberry Colada steeps to a very bright pink – a colour that I know and love from hibiscus. The aroma is very fruity. The flavour of Strawberry Colada is very strong – much like a punch to the taste buds with a mix of sweet, tart, and fruity. I enjoyed it hot, but I enjoyed it even more iced! The flavour is very strong when steeped for a solid 7 minutes.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Strawberry Colada, but found that it didn’t resteep well (which I’m not terribly surprised at given the fact that it’s a tisane).

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Strawberry Colada. I found the flavour was great – I enjoyed it the most when iced. I think it’d be a great tisane to have cold steeped (or hot steeped), and definitely would recommend it iced and perhaps with a splash of lemonade or soda water to bring more of a summer feel to it. The flavour is definitely quite intense and full of fruity flavour, and I think allowing it to steep for the full 7 minutes is the best course of action to get all of that flavour of it it since tisanes don’t often resteep well.

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