Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ring a Ring o' Roses...

loose rosebuds
So it's time for another post on one of my many other passions, tea! Among the gifts that my very generous aunts left behind (before they went back home to Hong Kong) was rosebud tea. They heard that a lot of celebrities in HK drink the stuff for it's health benefits and I suppose everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and drink stuff that apparently reduces cancer and cholesterol. I absolutely adore green tea so I thought I would give this stuff a go.
Rosebud pink
So pretty!
I have to admit, I'm not drinking it for health reasons but purely for the curiosity of drinking rosebuds. I felt like some kind of overindulgent princess, shunning regular PG tips for individually picked, pink rose buds. Yeah you definitely can't dunk any biscuits in this tea...
Rose bud packagin
So what do I think? Well there wasn't any doubt that these were real dried rose buds. As the box says, it's definitely a delight for the senses. The heady, floral scent was not unlike pot pourri (make of that, what you will!) and a bit of honey really enhanced the taste...but it's all a bit weird! I almost swallowed a petal and I didn't know quite what to do with myself.
Glass
I think it would taste a lot better brewed with a bit of green tea, but it's definitely a unique tea that takes some time getting used to. A part of me feel a bit sorry for the rose bushes though, oh the poor things!
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  1. Aw, it looks so pretty! I really want to try this tea I've heard of where it is a closed flower that them opens when submerged in the hot water....I don't know what it is called but I want some!

    Christina x

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  2. looks very pretty, but i think i'll stick with my earl grey!

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  3. It looks amaazing, but you got to wonder what people were thinking when they started putting pretty roses in their cups of tea...

    http://yourstalkerslittlesister.blogspot.com/

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  4. huh... whoever thought that one up is interesting, I can honestly say putting flowers in boiling water never occured to me!! but either way it makes for a pretty picture, especially on the purple.

    by the way, i was wondering if you would want to do a link exchange?

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  5. that's pretty interesting! Ah, swallowed a leaf..
    Hm, I love tea! I should definitely try this. I could imagine what kind of taste would come out of these. I'm so curious now. hehe thanks for sharing!

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  6. Well this sure does make for a gorgeous drink! <3


    xo Lynzy
    http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm pretty sensitive about plants and flowers as well. But it looks great! Must be similar to Jasmine too :D love that stuff

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  8. ive tried sakura tea - its salty! lol. i love teas in general :D

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  9. Mmm that looks so delicious! I especially love the picture with your nailpolish, it matches the tea so perfectly.

    I think my grandmother has tried this before, for health reasons, and if I remember correctly she boiled the rosebuds on the stove for a while before drinking it. Maybe that would enhance the taste? And that way you could strain out the rosebuds and avoid swallowing them! Or maybe you could just add a couple of them to green tea like you suggested. I'd love to try this!

    Leia

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  10. Hmm, I'm not a tea drinker, but this sounds really interesting. And I can imagine it working really well.

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  11. I like that your fingernail is the same colour as the rose! One of the nicest teas I've tasted is lavender earl grey; I also had cherry blossom and peach black teas in Japan and they were lovely.

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  12. wow when i saw these pictures I did not expect a post of tea!
    i am def a tea addicted so may have to give something like this a a go
    xxxx

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  13. wonderful post, dear! these little buds are too cute for words.

    xo Alison

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  14. I love drinking tea!
    And those rosebuds seems to be good!!
    xoxo JAde

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  15. So pretty! I love tea too, so I'd definitely like to try it...

    Yes, Hachiko is a popular meeting place. Unfortunately it's always really crowded with people smoking. I'd say definitely avoid it on weekends and nights!

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  16. I love tea, but I've never drunk anything with flowers in it.

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  17. this is so cute! I want flower tea too! xx

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  18. I've had rose bud tea before (funnily enough from HK to) and it didn't really taste of much but when I had it in the teahouse in Beijing they brewed it with black tea leaves and it tasted quite nice, slightly sweet and smelt wonderful so I wonder if that's the proper way to enjoy it?

    Also you've reminded me I need to get myself one of those "lazy boy" cups with a tea strainer in them sometime, nothing is worse then getting tea leaves stuck to your teeth XD

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  19. it must have been an interesting experience, drinking rosebuds... definately a princess like drink! It's so cute that you matched your nails to the rosebuds!
    I think green tea is something that takes a while to get used to too... it's so bitter! I definately prefer coffee to tea, though.

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  20. I've never heard of rosebud tea before! It looks really pretty, but I would be worried about swallowing them. I think I'll stick to teabags, they're pretty foolproof!

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  21. they're really pretty! oh ya that's true about the princess and rose bud thing eh? I would like to BATHE in rose buds, LOL! one day when I'm rich hahaha

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  22. It looks so pretty and I love how your nails match! xx

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  23. Beautiful flowers, Winnie! I've always wondered about this too. I love the smell of roses and rose scented things, but I'm not sure if I could drink it... happily. Brewing it with green tea sounds genius because that will cut the cloying floral flavor of the roses I bet.
    Hope you are having a gorgeous week!

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  24. beautiful photos! ah. hong kong. i want to go there so bad. did you know the big brilliant swedish brand monki are opening a store there ;) fantastic.
    do you go there ofteN?
    have a wonderful week
    xx

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  25. hey girl, great post ! i love how your nail polish matches the exact shade of those roses. i'll def have to try this rode bud tea sometime

    xx lue

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  26. wooow! ive never seen this! it looks so beautiful, I really would love to taste it!

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  27. so pretty in purple. love the color. it would take me a bit to get used to. actually. i'm a tried a true bring on the caffiene girl. I love iced tea and usually, 2 bags of lipton brewed for a bit. Ice added sweetened with agava nector is my choice.

    Love the post!

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  28. Your blog is really cute, its a pleasure to read it, I just discovered it. I love those tea buds, they are so cute :)

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  29. inspiring post!
    love the pictures and your story!! xx

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  30. mmmm this is right up my street. i would love to try this!!

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  31. Looks gorgeous, reminds me of the scene in Marie Antoinette when the flower blooms in the tea :-)

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  32. Kudos for how it looks, definitely, I take it this was the overwhelming floral scent you tweeted about a couple of days ago? :D Indeed, brewed with green tea would be a little less head-ache inducing, or maybe lemon? hmmm... ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  33. It's preeeeetty, I think I'd sort of tip it all into a pretty jar and let it stand on a windowsill if it wasn't calling it self food heehe I'd love to try one day. I think ALL Asians go nuts for 'well-being' food, I know Koreans go gaga...

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  34. Wow it looks pretty, and sounds interesting. i might have to try and find some of this for myself x

    http://pagesixxx.blogspot.com/

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  35. This tea looks so pretty I would love to get my hands on some, just to try it out and see if it tastes as good as it looks. :)

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  36. great pics! :)

    http://malibuananas.blogspot.com/

    xx

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  37. oh wow this is interesting
    im curious how is it


    xoxo

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  38. These are stunning photos and I haven't tried a lot of herbal tea, only white and chai, but both were nice so I should definitely give this a go. They look so pretty. xxx

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  39. That looks so pretty! I am definitely curious to how that tastes.

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  40. im glad to hear that you like my nautical navy :P

    i love too this great photos that you show us!
    the rose are incredible, very beautiful!

    kisses from http://sweetsyte.blogspot.com/

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  41. Rosebuds tea are amazing! And really really pretty! I love your nail polish tooo! What a pretty, pastel color!

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  42. I would put it in my bath instead :) it's so pretty. May have to try this Winnie xx

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  43. what a pretty tea, i think it's too pretty to drink!

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  44. id probably just use them for decoration - too pretty!

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

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  45. oh wow... beautiful! I have never heard of this type of tea before :)
    xoxo

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  46. haha this really made me laugh when you said you nearly swallowed a petal and didn't quite know what to do with yourself lol!! my bessie chi in sweden kept making me drink dried chrysanthemums in water, tasted odd!!

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