Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to come across a new tea company called Strip Teas. Quite an exotic twist on the second most popular beverage in the world – second only to water. As you can see from the photo – loose tea is packaged in disposable aluminum infusers in the shape of a strip. Hence the name… Strip Teas. Last night, I had the first opportunity to try this new product. Strip Teas have several original tea blends to choose from – last night’s choice – Pushkar Rose.
Composition: Whole Nilgiri tea leaves blended with roses indigenous to Pushkar, India.
Dry Visual: I am unable to ascertain as the tea comes prepackaged in an aluminum infuser. Thanks Strip Teas for the picture of the actual loose leaf tea.
Dry Aroma: The gentle scent of a rose. Definitely floral.
Flavor: How does one describe the taste of a rose? Pushkar Rose is unique in that it is not purely composed of rose petals and other non-tea ingredients also known as herbal tea. What I truly enjoyed about Pushkar Rose is the combination of Nilgiri and rose petals. Nilgiri provides the girth of a black tea, however, I was impressed by its mild nature. The only downside is that it was a little dry.
The flavor provided by the rose petals was dominant, but not overpowering. Pushkar Rose is well blended-both ingredients created a delightful floral brew. I was surprised to be able to obtain two infusion from one strip tea. The first cup was enjoyed without sweetener whereas a teaspoon of Sugar-In-The-Raw was added to the second infusion. I cannot say which I enjoyed the most. While the sweetener eliminated the dryness, it also changed the flavor profile – the floral quality was slightly masked.
Liquor: A rich golden brown.
Brewing Time: The recommended steeping time is 1 Strip Tea for 2 – 4 minutes in boiling water. I steeped for 3 minutes as recommended for the first infusion and 5 minutes for the second infusion.
Manufacturer: Strip Teas
If you have had an opportunity to try Pushkar Rose, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!