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Numi Velvet Rose White Tea Review

An Excellent "Rose Flavored" Organic White Tea

Summary : This tea nicely blends the delicate flavor of a white tea with the delicate flavor or a rose. The result is a very unique and enjoyable white tea.

Review : This is NOT suppose to happen in Reno, Nevada! Below zero weather...yuck. If I wanted below zero weather I'd move to International Falls, Minnesota, or back up to Montana and live in Glasgow. Or if I really loved the cold...I'd head north to Fairbanks, Alaska, where I could shiver away 6 months of the year.

But alas, we can't have everything we want in life. And so, while shivering away on my nightly walk this evening, I really was in the mood for a sea that said "warmth of summer." Which is, of course, how I happened on a white tea from Numi called Velvet Rose.

Here is how Numi describes this tea on their website : "Roses have been a symbol of love and beauty since the dawn of romance. Numi's enchanting Velvet Garden releases a provocative sweet rosy taste as it blushes a soft pink. With every sip this liaison of organic rose petals and delicate Spring White tea imparts a silken smoothness. White Tea is the tender bud of the tea plant making it exquisitely subtle and supremely healthy. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this uplifting Fair Trade Certified white tea blend will be the beginning of a long lasting love affair."

This tea contains the following ingredients : Organic White Tea, Organic Rose Buds.

You know, for once, Numi's description of this tea is pretty straight-forward and not quite so exotic. Beyond the "love affair" thing (is it really possible to truly love a tea??), the description provided by Numi is really quite accurate.

Despite being a bagged tea, I've found that Numi Teas really are the "premium of bagged supermarket teas." Their teas are organic, and in general they emit quite the powerful aroma...unlike so many other bagged teas that have no aroma at all due to sitting on the grocery shelf since the ending of the last ice age.

The aroma of this tea is, quite simply, delightful. The aroma really is what you would expect from just reading the label of the tea...a mixing of white tea and rose. And what is better than a rose to help remove the frigid chill of a rather cold winter?

I was quite pleased with the flavor of this tea too, rather happily. Admittedly, I was a bit worried that this tea might be a bit "too flowery." Sort of like a jasmine tea...but tasting of rose instead. Happily, this wasn't the case. Instead, the rose flavor is quite subdued...yet still quite noticeable. As the flavor of white tea in general is quite "delicate" and "subdued," I found the "delicate and subdued" rose flavor just mixed perfectly.

I also found the after-taste of this white tea very enjoyable. It imparts a rather soft and delicate but long-lasting flavor of rose on the tongue.

All in all, I really enjoyed this tea. For anyone who hasn't had a white tea before, this tea from Numi is as good as place as any to start with, assuming you don't mind a "subdued flowery taste" in your tea to begin with. And if you have had a rose tea before, well, by all means...get this tea, as I have no doubts that you will enjoy it.

Recommendation : Yes. If you enjoy any sort of a "flowery tasting tea," you'll definitely like this one. The flavor is delicate and subdued, yet powerful enough to make drinking it a unique experience. This tea is also a good starting point for first-timers into the world of white tea, too.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Velvet Rose White Tea
  • Manufacturer : Numi Teas
  • Available from : Numi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : White Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : January 12th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup near-boiling water over tea bag. Let brew 2-4 minutes.

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