Friday, July 25, 2008


Elmwood Inn:Rose is a delectable black tea with the addition of rose petals. The aroma instantly reminds you of walking through a rose garden on a late Spring morning. The taste, when steeped for exactly 3 minutes, is very smooth. The oil from the dried petals creates a very pleasing and subtle aftertaste and not the least bit bitter. I've been drinking this tea black with no milk or sugar added but it would be delicious with them as well...Enjoy!

A Little Budding Rose
by Emily Bronte

It was a little budding rose,
Round like a fairy globe,
And shyly did its leaves unclose
Hid in their mossy robe,
But sweet was the slight and spicy smell
It breathed from its heart invisible.

The rose is blasted, withered, blighted,
Its root has felt a worm,
And like a heart beloved and slighted,
Failed, faded, shrunk its form.
Bud of beauty, bonnie flower,
I stole thee from thy natal bower.

I was the worm that withered thee,
Thy tears of dew all fell for me;
Leaf and stalk and rose are gone,
Exile earth they died upon.
Yes, that last breath of balmy scent
With alien breezes sadly blent!


Betsy said...

I've never had rose tea. This sounds intriguing! And it looks beautiful right in the tin! I'm really enjoying your tea posts!

willow said...

This was a delightful post! Beautiful Bronte poem and pix....sigh.

Dee Dee said...

What a beautiful post Rebecca...I love the poem and the tea looks and sounds delicious...I do like how you have it set up with the Jane Austen book...such a sweet lady-like presentation...have a lovely weekend with your family...

rochambeau said...

Elmwood Inn Rose Tea sounds very nice and pairs will with this poem. Thank you for keeping me tea savvy Rebecca!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Lovely, lovely poem! Thanks for sharing it.

Also, the tea sounds like one I'll have to try. I did have jasmine tea last week and found it very pleasant!

Happy weekend!

steviewren said...

Pretty picture of your old fashioned roses. I love the way they are a riot of blooms.

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

Rebecca, this tea sounds delicious. I love the aroma of rose and I can imagine it being lovely in tea. Rose tea and scones with lavender jelly?

Rebecca said...

Betsy, Willow, and Deedee...Thank you! Rose tea reminds me of a bygone age and is a bit like the scents of rose water or lilac water...So perfectly vintage:-D

Rebecca said...

Constance, thank you! I'm still thinking about that catered boutique opening in New Jersey that you posted about and every time I pick up a Williams and Sonoma Cookbook I think of you:-)

Rebecca said...

Pamela and Steviewren, thank you so much...I love the Bronte poem and the roses came from my Great Aunt's garden. They now have a home in mine.

Rebecca said...

Kalianne, scones and lavender jelly would be heavenly with this tea! Oh...Yum:-)...How soon can you bring them over;-)

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

What an intriguing tea. In the middle east and parts of Eastern Europe, they cook, bake, mix drinks with rosewater. It gives that rose-y taste. I have tasted tea infused with rose and liked it.

Your rose photo is lovely.

I agree--some teas are just meant to be drunk with absolutely nothing added.

Mmm said...

Well, Rebecca, I love the pictures but I can safely tell you, I'd definitely not like the tea I'm afraid! Ugh. Flowers in my tea? Nope, I'll stick to just good old black tea from Kenya, India and such, wherever, just as long it's black and strong!

Rebecca said...

Lavinia, I got the most delicious Turkish Delight( actually made in Istanbul) this past Spring and it was made with rose oil..Delectable:-)

Rebecca said...

MMM, I knew you'd be shaking your head at this one! LOL!!! The next tea of the week will be dedicated exclusively to you dear friend....