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67
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
169 tasting notes

This was, up until my introduction to DAVID’s Tea about a year ago, what I would always think of when someone said “tea”. However any time I have tried this before was in my tea hating days, so I could never say too much about it. However, my grandmother makes a pot every morning and these days I’ll never say no to tea.

I can see why this is popular. It’s super basic. Not bitter, even if over-steeped (my grandmother leaves the bag in, much to my chagrin). Slightest citrus note, but nothing in your face. I, personally, would get bored of it, but to each his own.

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98
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
2 tasting notes

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70
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
169 tasting notes

So I went out for dinner last night and wanted a tea with my meal. I ordered a green tea and they brought me one with spearmint which generally would have been fine but I noticed it was Tazo which, for various reasons, I didn’t want so she brought me their tea box so I could pick another. They were all Tazo except Red Rose Orange Pekoe so that’s what I chose. I drank it happily with cream and it was pretty good. I prefer it with sugar too but I passed on the extra calories. This tea reminds me of my grandparents. My Papa always drank this tea and my Nanny had a collection of those little figurines that came in the box years and years ago. A nice little change from my usual herbal selections.

Flavors: Tea

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drank earl grey by Red Rose
1 tasting notes

This tea did not taste like Earl Grey in any sense. Having drank many good Earls, this was not even close to tasting like one. It was simply put, cheap and terrible. Don’t waste your $$$ on this one. The Red Rose basic is a far better choice!~

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
68 tasting notes

My mother and I sometimes differ in our tea tastes, but on this we are united: Red Rose just isn’t for us. There’s a one in five chance that every time we pass through the tea aisle, mom will make a comment about Red Rose, and how much she dislikes it (growing up, my house was always stocked with either jasmine tea, or Tetley). I never offered an opinion, because I couldn’t really ever remember drinking it, and it at least deserved a fair shot, I thought.

Well, I already drank up all the tea I brought along with me this week, and work is ready stocked with a mountain of Lipton and Red Rose, so into my Timolino it went. And . . . it was watery, weak, and thin, and the aftertaste was unpleasantly . . . dirty. It could have been a number of factors—the timolino could have had a tea-buildup, the water could have been tepid, etc. So I brewed up some Lipton English Breakfast to see if it was all the outside factors instead of the tea itself, and no. LEB was meh for a black / decent for tea dust. But it was drinkable. I’m sorry, Red Rose. But we go our separate ways here.

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71
drank earl grey by Red Rose
3 tasting notes

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71
drank earl grey by Red Rose
3 tasting notes

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30
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
972 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

I’m always up for another lemon dessert tea, even if it happens to be a bagged brand. I’m familiar with Red Rose, but I’ve never tried any of their teas before. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve had a tea in a regular old traditional-style tea bag. Dry, it smells like more chiffon than lemon, it’s quite sweet.

Wow, the steeped tea also smells like a giant pile of meringue with a hint of lemon. Eh, this one is weird. The lemon is really chemically, and it’s reminding me of lemon-scented dish soap or something. Or lemon pepper. I taste zero black tea here, just an artificial sugary dessert flavor. And a weird aftertaste to go with it, ick.

Flavors: Artificial, Lemon, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

Ick. Ain’t nothing like drinking lemon pledge! BTW, Happy 800th tasting note!

Cameron B.

Yep, not pleasant. And thanks. :)

Roswell Strange

Better start planning something fun for 1000 ;)

Cameron B.

Honestly I’ve stopped paying attention to it, I feel weird announcing milestones like they’re accomplishments when drinking tea is just something I do every day regardless. :P

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67
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
42 tasting notes

I have a habit of throwing a cinnamon stick into tea and this one does quite well with that. It’s my father’s favorite. Sometimes you’re just feeling a plain cup without much to-do.

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50
drank earl grey by Red Rose
42 tasting notes

This a citrus Earl Grey with lemon and orange peel in it. It’s either light on the bergamot, or it’s masked by the citrus. It’s unique, I’ll give it that much, but I personally prefer plain bergamot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange

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85
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
8 tasting notes

Sad that people don’t like this because I’m really into it. Valid point that it doesn’t taste like cobbler, but the peach taste is pretty strong. Would recommend.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
8 tasting notes

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
875 tasting notes

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
875 tasting notes

I had a pot of this tea today with brunch and it was amazingly mediocre. One tea bag was not enough to make a pot, so it was weak and watery. A fair bit of cream and sugar made the whole thing passable, but bleh. I really wish more restaurants would serve decent tea.

On the bright side, the rest of brunch was fantastic! We went to Neechi Commons and had the Talia breakfast, which is a skillet with really good fried potatoes, bacon, kale, mushrooms, onion and red pepper, topped with poached eggs, and fresh fruit and toasted bannock on the side. It was wonderful.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
875 tasting notes

I drank a cup of this at IKEA today, with water of questionable temperature and milk and sugar into the cup at the same time as the tea bag. It was actually better than I was expecting it to be. Kind of comforting and pleasant.

I wouldn’t choose this if there were more interesting options, but it wasn’t loathsome or even bad like I was kind of expecting it to be.

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50
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
726 tasting notes

Got the Samples only TTB today. :O My first TTB.
Not as overwhelmed with teas I wanna try as I thought of hoped. xD But that’s alright. I’m picky. :P Really like lemon teas apparently, so decided to try this one!
Pretty creamy, not too lemon-y.
It’s alright. Not the best lemon tea I’ve had. Not the worst though. Just doesn’t have the strength I hoped it would.
Nice to try though!

Flavors: Cream, Lemon

Cameron B.

I did my first TTB not too long ago, too! I actually liked it a lot, even though there weren’t a lot of teas I enjoyed in it. :)

Ost

It’s a good idea and I’m glad I got to do it! But like Probably won’t do a lot of them. But hey they are probably even better when you’re on a tea buying hiatus, right? :P

Cameron B.

It’s nice that you get to try new teas without having any extra left over to sip down. And yeah, I get to get rid of a little bit of tea too. :P

Ost

Haha yes! That too. Getting rid of teas you don’t like is always a plus! :P

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89

I really enjoyed this English breakfast tea, and love that I found a decaf black tea that I actually like. It’s perfect for brinner, I think – had it as an accompaniment to a vegan version of a full English breakfast and it was absolutely perfect. The reason I don’t give it a higher score is because I haven’t tried a wide enough variety of English breakfast teas to see how it stacks up against other brands. Once I do, I’ll be able to tweak the review. So far, very satisfied.

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67

A better tea compared to Red Rose’s original black tea blend, however overpriced and mostly nothing special.
In-Depth:
Aroma
Has a very similar scent to Red Rose’s original blend, a bit darker. Some cinnamon overtones. I enjoy Red Rose for everyday drinking, so I enjoy the familiar, relaxing aroma.
Flavor
Much smoother than Red Rose’s original blend. Definitely a tone of cinnamon. I find it to be a very mild black tea, perhaps even calming, even with the caffeine. Not much to the tea, but it is pleasant.
Notes
I enjoyed this tea, however I think it was a bit overpriced. It is a pretty standard black tea, but with some unique cinnamon-y tones. It would be a good tea to drink on a daily basis if the price matched the quality. I doubt if I will buy again, at this price, but I will enjoy the remaining tea bags. Give it a taste, maybe it will be worth it to you!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
278 tasting notes

Method: Tea bag in a mug, temp was approximately 195.

Dry Leaf Aroma: Lemon cake! Yum!

Brewing Aroma: Lemon with a hint of cream

Flavor: This given to me buy a friend. I didn’t expect to like it, but I do. It tastes like lemon cake. I tried it plain, and it was good. Then I added a little rock sugar, and it was better.

I oversteeped this because I am at work doing other things, so it probably went closer to 7 minutes than 5. There’s no bitterness, so the tea is very forgiving. The flavor is pronounced, but they didn’t overdo it. I don’t mind naturally caffeine-free teas, but I’m not a fan of decaffeinated drinks, so that’s probably my only issue, and that’s minor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hapatite

I like this tea, though I feel a little guilty saying it. It is very forgiving and does remind me of a light lemon cake.

Sarsonator

Agree! If I get more, I’ll try this with some almond milk.

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100
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
10 tasting notes

Favorite tea if there is nothing else to have. Have this most of the time. love to make ice tea with it, add alittle lemon and honey and its amazing on a cold rainy day.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Musty

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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64
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
38 tasting notes

This tea is a good morning tea.. It has a mild flavor that can get slightly bitter. I think this tea has a different type of flavor that I don’t taste in other tea.

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55
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
10 tasting notes

I grew up in Canada and this is one of the only teas I knew back then. I recently went back and tried it again with a little milk. It was very weak and, while not unpleasant, it was certainly lackluster.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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70
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
19 tasting notes

This plain black tea blows Lipton away. Its flavor is just better. Yes its a plain, cheap black tea, but compared to its competitors (Lipton) its no contest.

This makes a good Iced Tea as well.
If your looking for a fancy, high quality tea…this is not your tea. If your looking for a plain cup, nothing special, this is a good choice.

It also comes with a free ceramic sea animal figure! (Its a limited time promotion….very silly)

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75
drank earl grey by Red Rose
19 tasting notes

Its a very cheap Earl Grey…this might make you afraid…but I enjoyed it. The flavor of the of Bergamot is there, but its more fruity than Bergamoty.

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