Red Rose

Recent Tasting Notes

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.
Flavour
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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94
drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
526 tasting notes

I finished this one up yesterday with my breakfast. Sadly, I did not make any more iced tea out of this, but it was delicious while it lasted.

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80
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
154 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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94
drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
526 tasting notes

And now we have caught up to real time. I normally drink this with milk and sugar, but I now only have it with sugar. The caramel and creme still come out nicely. Because I am using less sugar now (one to two level spoonfuls as opposed to heaping spoonfuls), I get the creamy mouthfeel and a nice caramel finish.

I only have it with milk when I want it to taste more heavy cream and desert-y.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
526 tasting notes

Backlog #2: Creme Caramel has to be my favorite tea at the moment. Not too sweet and not too boring. I tried this one iced because I really wanted to drink this tea, but I didn’t want a hot tea because it was so hot and humid the other day. I put three spoonfuls of sugar with a double strength cup of tea.

It was so refreshing! I have three more teabags left and I am so tempted to make a gallon of iced tea out of it, but I’m afraid my family would drink it up before me. I must have sharing issues.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
6 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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94
drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
526 tasting notes

Note to self: Don’t drink tea while listening to the Young Turks.

I had to pick up some black tea that wasn’t an Earl Grey. Don’t get me wrong, I love Earl Grey. I just got tired of it. I am cutting down on my milk and sugar on it though. One spoonful of sugar and just a little splash of milk. Still lovely and creamy with just a touch of sweet that helps the caramel comes out.

Flavors: Caramel

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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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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
1688 tasting notes

Score another modest win for this Cheapster Steepster…a good long steep in a cup with two plentifully leafy sprigs from the chocolate mint plant. It was rich and tasty—not York Peppermint Patties, mind you, but you didn’t have to think to hard to get the chocolate. The Red Rose made a good, unassertive base. I’m going to be a rebel and press the “Yes, I would recommend” button.

Veronica

I’m going to buy a chocolate mint plant this weekend just so I can do this. I have a few decaffeinated teas lying around that aren’t that appealing, but a bit of mint might help them out.

gmathis

I am loving our little potted garden. The last “stray kitten” my husband brought home from the greenhouse was a small pineapple mint; it’s not quite big enough for me to start snitching leaves yet, but soon.

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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
1688 tasting notes

Cortisone shot in a shoulder with a messed up rotator cuff. Doc said a possible side effect might be a little insomnia tonight. Right now, I’m so beat, I can’t see how that can possibly be an issue…but as a precaution, I’ve been off caffeine all afternoon.

Sun tea’d a quart of this poor, undervalued, unloved bagged baby with a generous helping of sprigs from our applemint plant. (Me. Not killing plants. People who know me should be laughing in disbelief by now :) It was absolutely fine.

K S

I knew you could do it!

TeaBrat

ah, I hope it helps. I want some cortisone shots with my shoulder problems but Dr says none until August at the earliest.

gmathis

K S … we think the magic is the pots. Stuff we put in our ground is doomed. I have a flower bed by the front sidewalk that kills marigolds and zinnias.

TB…insomnia confirmed, but typical morning pain wasn’t there. It’s a temporary fix; I need to pretend I’m an invalid for a couple of weeks to promote healing. Life without shoulders the weekend we move elderly dad back to the farm. Ought to be interesting :)

ashmanra

Oh, no! I am sorry! Rest, and baby that sore spot. I had a cortisone shot once. I wrote outlandish, horrible expensive-to-implement business proposals for my boss (thank goodness, I never gave them to him) and ate EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!!!!

gmathis

Dr. didn’t recommend a sling, but it is hard not to instinctively use it. (I’m a lefty, but do most “chores” right handed.) Have moved mouse to left side and am propping with a pillow at my work desk. We’ll see how that works.

K S

I’m a lefty too. I also do many things right handed. My wife had surgery on both shoulders (different times) for torn rotator cuff. Cortisone did not help her at all. Hoping better for you but with what you have going on at the moment that sounds not so likely. Sorry for the pain. If it is any consolation my wife recovered very quickly both times after surgery. As for the ground – hey that’s what happens when you build over a nuclear dump site ;)

gmathis

Close. Former lead mining community.

K S

Eeek!

ashmanra

Another lefty here, also a mirror writer.

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70
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
11 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
11 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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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
1688 tasting notes

This has gotten very little love so far (poor scruffy stray kitten left at the pound), so I will take it home with me and love it. Less dishwater taste than most unflavored black decaf teas; no distinct stand-out flavor characteristics, but it’s decent hot leaf juice with a little sweetness. No, it’s not top-of-the-heap, but I haven’t found an unflavored decaf black that is. Have you?

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
5 tasting notes

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85
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
13 tasting notes

This is one of the few black teas that I absolutely cannot drink hot. But that’s okay! This tea has such a pleasant bitterness and dusky flavour that it is perfect as an iced tea in the morning before breakfast to get one’s palate working and woken up. I also enjoy it with just a touch of lemon juice and honey in the evening.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 64 tsp 128 OZ / 3785 ML

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69

I was given a sample of the Blackcurrant Raspberry flavor to try:

You know, there aren’t nearly enough blackcurrant flavored things available in America. I guess we Americans like our sweet flavors, and blackcurrants are more tart and less sugary than strawberries or blackberries. But when blended with raspberry flavoring, as it is in Red Rose Tea’s new water enhancer, the blackcurrant has a rich sweetness that is very pleasant. This almost like real tea, but it’s definitely a doctored flavor, like the drinker added several lumps of sugar before passing the cup to you. Well, cane sugar is the second ingredient, so no surprise there. Still, that distinctive black tea flavor is definitely there. It’ll do in a pinch when I want instant ice tea, but brewing proper tea leaves will always taste better with stronger, more naturalistic flavors.

Flavors: Berries

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1688 tasting notes

Warm enough for cold tea! I sun-steeped this yesterday with about 4 leaves from our new potted applemint plant (all I could spare without denuding it). Makes a smooth and non-acidic chilled tea. You have to squint and wrinkle up your nose and think really hard to catch any of the applemint, but hopefully, that’ll resolve itself as I have more leaves to spare.

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80
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
248 tasting notes

I was surprised by how much I liked this for a cheap grocery store tea. It really does taste like a cake, but not too overwhelming. I would absolutely recommend, and I think I might have to look at a few more options from this brand for my teabag needs.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
33 tasting notes

I’m almost done, I swear!

Anyway, I picked up a few bags of this at the New York Coffee & Tea Festival, and it is one of two grocery store teabags I found at the festival I liked.

At first, though, I found this tea way too sweet. I don’t taste much tea, but the more I drink it, the more I like it. It is a very sweet tea, but it is interesting. It’s very cake like and also quite lemon. The lemon flavor also manages to taste like lemon without tasting like cleaner or soap, which is lovely.

This is a decaf tea, and I have been drinking it at night. I’ll miss it then, as this is my last bag. I have no idea where I can actually buy this tea. It’s a Canadian brand, and I haven’t seen it around. If I do, I’ll probably grab a box. It’s not life changing, but it’s quite pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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41

I received this tea in my Uni VoxBox from Influenster, and I got the Black Tea one. The thing about it that I didn’t like was that on the bottle it says to do one squirt per 8 oz and that is too much. I don’t think I would have bought this if I didn’t try it beforehand, but maybe I’ll try the earl grey one because I love earl grey tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
114 tasting notes

I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. I tasted a sample of it and took a bag home from the recent New York Coffee & Tea Festival. By the packaging and fact that it is a grocery store brand, I was not expecting to like it at all, but I did!

The smell is absolutely divine, like a a rich lemon. The taste is actually quite complex and well balanced. I could almost literally taste a nice zingy slice of lemon meringue pie while sipping, including the crust, filling, and even creamy topping. This is quite a unique tea and goes well as a “tea time” or dessert tea, but it is not too sweet to deter me from drinking it at other times of the day.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Lemon Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 40 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
295 tasting notes

Continuing with my simplicity kick…

I think people like this tea for the memories it brings back, more than for its taste. It’s really just a very simple orange pekoe ceylon tea, no surprises. But it carries with it a certain personal history… My grandmother used to drink it. My best friend and my boyfriend each have a big collection of the little figurines, so I know someone in their lives drank it too.

The company wants to have that kind of legacy, I believe. The box invites me to “share my favorite Red Rose memory” on their website.

Funny how a low price (cheaper even than Lipton in some places) and a little clay figure have the power to touch so many lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed two cups of this tea today, not for the taste, but for the places they brought me mentally and emotionally.

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34
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
8 tasting notes

As part of an on-going search for a truly good peach tea, I experimented with this one. The peach is strong at first but is quickly replaced a chemical flavor with sweetness to cover it up. Unfortunately the chemical almost dusty sensation continues in a prolonged aftertaste. It is evident that a peach flavoring agent is used rather than any actual dried fruits. Worst of all, there is no ‘cobbler’ to be found. No brown sugar, something to imitate the buttery dough, no sign of it. The hibiscus is ineffective at best, you can barely detect it over the chemical flavor.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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