25 Days of Tea: Day 25 (Dark Rose)

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”  – Jane Austen

Wisdom from 3 Wise Men. And 1 Wise Woman.


Happy Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

You made it through 25 Days of Tea and the holiday season. I hope you learned some things and found some teas that made your taste buds and heart soar. Hopefully you are waking up to and are surrounded by love in whatever shape or form that comes in. In my case its, a lovely old home, cherished neighbors, beloved two and four-legged friends, my health, my family, two businesses that I love, superior customers and clients, and the appreciation of being part of the deeply inspiring world of tea that has gifted me with so many amazing connections world-wide. It’s pure TeaLove. So on our last blog-day together, on this heart-filled 25th Day that coincides with Christmas and Hanukkah, I present: Aged Dark Rose.

Oh sweet joy! I can’t say enough good things about this little heart of pressed tea with its haunting notes of rose. I’m not ordinarily a lover of rose scented teas, but this beauty is an exception. Admittedly, it took many years for me to fall in like with Puer teas. I drank some good ones, that’s true, but my taste buds couldn’t get with the program. And then one day, Dark Rose filled my cup and it was true love. Aged Dark Rose is a Dark tea which is a category of tea not common in the West.

What makes this so interesting and special is in the processing. Unlike other aged teas, this one goes through a secondary fermentation process which to my understanding creates an active micro-organism called “Golden Flowers” – specific to Dark teas made in Anhua County, Hunan Province, China. Many people think that Dark tea is the same as Puer tea but it’s actually different. Puer (mostly from Yunnan) is a sub-category of Dark tea and has different micro-organisms called “Asper Nigellus.” Puer can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (25-220 CE), while Dark tea has only graced us with its presence for about 30 years or so. It’s a youngster in the tea world. It is loaded with minerals and probiotics for the belly. Puer teas are known to lower cholesterol and work like a statin, and I believe Dark teas offer the same benefit.

I wasn’t sure how well received this tea would be at our markets, but we sell out of it regularly. This is truly one of the most spectacular cups of tea you will taste and is the perfect way to start this love-infused day. It does have caffeine so it will keep you a float as you tear through presents, as kids run around the house, as family, friends and neighbors pop by for visits. Pair with Christmas morning breakfast, mid-day lunch or the main feast. It invokes a sense of calm and peace and if the caffeine is of no bother, its a great tea to compliment dessert. The probiotics will keep the belly in perfect balance and working order.

I’ll be waking up this Christmas morning and infusing my beloved heart-shaped tea with the Full Moon Water I made on Dec 13th, before the festivities begin. Here are some notes on these delightful little hearts of Aged Dark Rose tea:

• Overview:   A Dark tea from Hunan province of China not common in the West.
• Dry Leaf:    Smallish dark leaves pressed into hearts. Flecks of gold and rose petals.
• Liquor (liquid):    Golden medium brown.
• Aroma:   Light earthy aroma with haunting notes of rose.
• Flavor notes:    Delightfully smooth, easy to sip and addictive. The rose comes through towards the end and lingers for a while but is not overpowering.
• Brewing recommendation:     Rolling boil / 212° Fº / 3-5 minutes / multiple infusions
• Caffeine: Yes

I doubt many of you are online reading a teablog today, but if you are, I hope you will grab some of this tea while it’s on sale.  If you are interested in giving  todays treat a try, please visit the Pearl Fine Teas tea shop today and use code: 25TEAS25 at checkout to get 25% of Aged Dark Rose – today only!

Thank you for following along this past month! I wish you all a wonderful, tea-filled, joy-filled day and leave you with this:

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”― Rumi

Happy Sipping!
-The Chief Leaf





25 Days of Tea: Day 25 (Dark Rose)