ROSEis a single-plant tisane of whole rose buds from Pingyin county, Shandong province, China. The current lot is from summer 2023. Rose flower has been cultivated in Pingyin for well over a millenia, and the endemic variety grows large. Before processing, the plucked flowers are 5-6 times their dried size—as big as the palm of your hand! The flowers are grown and produced on Huang mountain (not to be confused with Huangshan in Anhui province, where maofeng is traditionally produced) in late summer, when the roses are in full bloom and have strongly developed flavor and aroma from high mountain sun exposure.
This heirloom rose species produced in summer 2023 is unusually rich with botanical constituents like geraniol (the compound responsible for rose's aromatics), and produces a vivid pink liquor with high floral fragrance. Steep 5-7 grams (each flower is just about 1 gram) in hot—not boiling—water. Whole bulbs offer layers of sweetness and depth that appreciate through multiple steeps; highly appropriate for gongfu.