This is the second of the four teas included in the brand new Thotalagala Single Estate Tea Gift Set, two flavored, two unflavored, to keep purists and non-purists alike happy 🙂
The Festive Black tea is flower petals and subtle flavors, while the Lemongrass Earl Grey is a room deodorizer in comparison.
This collection of teas has only organic ingredients, no artificial flavors, so you get a more subtle but more real scent and flavor of roses and flowers. A fresh palette will notice them. There is less of the black tea in this, as I’m not getting the caffeine impact I get from the Earl Grey.
While there is rose, it is not a rose tea, it is, as the name suggests, a more generally “festive” tea. It does not have as much rose-flavor and scent as dedicated rose + camellia sinensis tea combinations (white tea is often paired with roses).
Overall, I liked this tea more than I had anticipated. It is a more subtle flavor, but with a fresh palette you get the flavor and the scent.
I followed the same brewing strategy as the Earl Grey.
These are the tea leaves, “liberated” from the pyramid after the infusion:
Next up from this collection is the black and green teas 🙂