Rose Label Reserve
Rose Label Reserve
Rose Label Reserve
A Tea Expert's Choice
Nalin Modha, a tea manufacturing consultant and a veteran teamaker at Darjeeling, played a key role in discovering Rose Label Reserve amongst multiple different cultivars in the farm.
Vetted by Expert Sommelier
Chris MacNitt, the Tea Development Lead of Starbucks, vouched for this unique tea while tasting 20 different teas made in our family farm in Phidim, Nepal.
A Rosy Elixir in Your Palate
Rose Label Reserve has a burst of sweet camphor reminiscent of an early rose bloom as the top note, floral tones of eucalyptus with slight sweetness of honey and brown sugar as the middle note, and a calming zing of minty citrus as the bottom note.
Steep Hills Make the Best Tea
Rose Label Reserve is a high elevation tea infused with the microclimatic benefits of the Himalayan foothills. Nepali teas are generally more floral and lighter than teas from other sources.
This year's Rose Label Reserve was made by the careful artisanship of Chandra Bhattarai. Chandra is one of the teamakers of Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center, our family farm and the first organic certified tea estate of Nepal.
I’ve only had it once and didn’t find it to have much taste. I’ll try again and hope for better flavor.
Just honestly a delightful tea. It’s really a true black tea that has rose accents, it’s certainly not overly perfumed or sweet (ie it isn’t fake - all that flavor came out of the ground). Would buy again and again
I prepared the tea according the instructions on the package, with soft, filtered water:
2 gr 240 ml 100 C 4 minutes
The promised burst of rose did not happen, although notes of red rose definitely appeared later on.
I steeped the tea twice and will try in different ways on days to come.
Here are today’s tasting notes:
Dry leaf: floral, fruity, muscatel, ripe, yellow plum
Dry leaf in preheated jug: rose-hip jam on freshly toasted bread; cookies.
Wet leaf: fruity, floral, red rose
Liquid: caramel pudding, sweet, later on sultanas
Flavor profile: dry, rich and bright, sweet, bitter, umami, a hint of acidity, fruity, floral, woody, spices; muscatel, yellow plum, red rose, clove.
The aftertaste is very, very long, goes on and on and on! Slightly astringent, slightly bitter in a fruity way, bright, red chili.
When cooler: sweeter, softer and fruitier, starfruit, yellow plum, muscatel, red pepper, mint.
Much cooler: bitter and fruity: red grapefruit with pepper.
Second brew: 77 C, 6 min
Much paler liquid, rounder, softer, sweeter, a hint of camphor, bees wax, wild honey. Pepper is dominant in aftertaste, followed by mint and mango. This time again an aftertaste that goes on and on: fruity, sweet, bright, refreshing, peppery.
I am so glad Kanchanjangha Tea Estate and Research Center took up my advice and guidance to produce this rarity and share it with the world. This tea is nothing short of rose gardens in your cup. The palate that this tea brings to you is so memorable that it stays with you for hours after your very last sip.Nalin Modha
Tea Manufacturing Consultant, Darjeeling
This tea filled with the passion of the people who make it opens up a beautiful bouquet of floral rose that infuses the entire experience. Nepal is an origin whose terroir challenges tea producers, but has the potential to forge a unique place within the industry.Chris MacNitt
Tea Development Lead at Starbucks, New York
As you open the packet, you meet the tea for the first time. It’s a love at first fragrance – a garden of roses that slowly develops and matures into vanilla like soft sweetness. You just can't stop smelling this tea!Nishchal Banskota
Founder - Nepal Tea Collective