Red Rose

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65
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
38 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
132 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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34
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
9 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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10
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
37 tasting notes

The taste is muddied, and tasted as if I’d steeped it too long, even though it had only been three minutes. Not something I’d have again.

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drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
1 tasting notes

I don’t like tea that much . But this was pretty good I would definitely recommend it. Especially if your sick.

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69
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
93 tasting notes

2/6/14 Evening cup. 2 teabags/12oz/180F/3min. Some days, all you want to do is throw a bag on a string into a cup of water and microwave it. This is a peach flavored tea for those days. I get the peach, but not the cobbler. It probably has hibiscus in it. At this moment on this day, it’s a good cup of tea.

caveats: other people on other days in other moments may not show this tea well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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97
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1 tasting notes

This is my every day tea, and has been since I was young. I love it!

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71
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
93 tasting notes

My go-to grocery store tea bag tea. Need a huge jug of iced tea for a picnic of non-tea-people? Red Rose to the rescue! Need half a cup of “strong black tea” for a recipe? Red Rose to the rescue! Need cold wet teabags to put on my eyes when hungover? Red Rose to the rescue! Need an acceptable basic black teabag for any purpose? Red Rose is probably the answer.

Plus, the big box comes with a cute little collectible figurine in it! Find a rare one, and an avid collecter will take it off your hands in a heartbeat, making each box a fun little “will this pay for itself” lottery.

Yvonne

My go-to tea as well, and it has been for many years! Can’t go wrong with Red Rose.

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Although I enjoy tea in both loose and bagged forms, I never thought I would buy Red Rose. I tried the regular Red Rose before, and it was pretty bad. Colored hot water seems to be as descriptive as I can get. Well, when I saw the Canadian Breakfast version at the supermarket, the name kinda grabbed my interest and I thought I should try it. When I opened the package, I was actually surprised with the amount of tea in each bag, and I liked that because I like my bagged teas to be strong. After it finished steeping, the colour of the liquor was a dark red, and it seemed only promising. After I added milk and sugar as I always do with bagged teas, I took a sip and was met with nothing but disappointment. The flavour is seriously lacking in strength, and whatever you can still taste is pretty one-dimensional. It was a sad letdown. It ain’t a Canadian Breakfast, but more like a watered-down English Breakfast.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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58
drank Sunset Spice by Red Rose
17 tasting notes

Despite the packaging, which will put you under the assumption almost instantly that this will be a very bad and low quality tea, it’s quite the opposite for me. The very vibrant orange flavor coupled with the delicious cardamon and cinnamon really will make you wish you were watching the sun setting on a warm summer day. Perfect for setting the mood for that time of day I’d imagine. Really liked this tea overall, it smells really good too xP

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
pyarkaaloo

ahh would love to try this! orange, cardamom & cinnamon sound delicious together. love cardamom. i quite like Red Rose & given that it’s such a cheap tea (i got a box of 110 bags for $2.49!) you would think it might be horrendous, but i so totally enjoy it and am not ashamed! ;p i just have the regular black tea (i think it’s a generic orange pekoe, although somehow it tastes pleasant to me, i dunno, call me crazy..) oh yea & their Cinnamon Streusel, tho slightly artificial tasting, is extremely decadent and true to description. the aroma is heavenly!

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95

You know that tea you get because it’s familiar and you don’t have to think about how long to steep it or how hot the water has to be and all that good jazz? Well, Red Rose Original is that tea for me. I can’t mess it up no matter how hard I try and it makes me feel good.

I grew up with my grandma drinking Red Rose, she collected the figurines and would always make a pot when I was growing up, I never drank it but she loved it, when my grandma passed a few years ago, I picked up a box of Red Rose for nostaliga’s sake. Lo and behold, my love affair begin.

Red Rose original is really nothing special, it’s your basic bagged black tea that you get at the grocery store. It’s comparable to a Lipton and that kind of thing.

HOWEVER, it is my favorite tea, I always buy new teas but find myself going back to my reliable Red Rose, I boil my water throw a tea bag and a slice of lemon into the mug, pour hot water over it and let it steep for who knows how long, mostly 5 minutes, and you’re good to go.

In conclusion: It’s a pretty average black tea that for me is the best. It’s familiar, it’s delicious and it’s a big hug in a cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Streusel by Red Rose
31 tasting notes

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
540 tasting notes

I think I have been trying to drink down some of my teas and I have been hitting my teabags really hard recently.

It is important, even with teabags, to maintain a proper water temperature to steep times to any additives you put in or else your tea just won’t taste the way you remember it tasting. I apparently have not been heating my water to boiling and the quality of even this tea suffered. Bad me for being impatient.

I don’t think I’ll be picking up this tea again, but it was pretty tasty for a lemon tea. Definitely worth a try if you think that you are stuck in a rut with your teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
540 tasting notes

Yeah. I really don’t like this one as much as the caramel one. I think the next time I have it I’m going to double bag it and then try it sweetened over ice and see how it is. If I don’t wait until late at night then it won’t be too cold and I might have a new drink to take to work.

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
540 tasting notes

So, I was drinking this the other day and I gave the cup to my mom to try and I almost lost my tea. Dad thought that was hysterical of course since she already had a cup of tea next to her.

She thought it would taste better with some milk in it, so I tried it with milk. It tastes exactly like a lemon cream puff. Not as good as the caramel tea, but still a pretty good tea. I’ll probably finish the box without too much thought to it because I’ll be sharing it with my mom.

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
540 tasting notes

Since I liked the Creme Caramel so much and my tea basket is slowly dwindling, I decided to pick up a box of the Lemon Chiffon tea to try. Now, I normally don’t like lemon in tea very much, so I am not expecting much out of this.

My mouth was watering before the water even heated up because of how this teabag smelled. It was like I had just taken a sheet of lemon bars out of the oven. Sadly, once you get the tea brewed the smell goes away. Very sad. Tea companies really need to figure out how to get the dry leaf to smell like the prepared tea when they smell that good.

Plain the tea was underwhelming. It had a nice smooth base and it just tasted like you squeezed a lemon into it. While some people may appreciate that, it is just not my cup of tea. (puns, love them)

So I put in two teaspoons of sugar and tried again. Ah! This is what I was hoping for. You can still taste the tea, but the flavor has been transformed from a fresh squeezed lemon to a cake-like lemon bar. The kind where they have sugar on the bottom of the bar and the filling is so gooey it is almost like lemon pudding instead of cake? It is that sort of bar and it was one of my favorite treats in college.

I prefer the caramel creme over the lemon, but this is pretty good as long as I remember the sugar.

Best of all, this one is decaf so I’ll get to share it with my mom. I am sure she will love it.

(Also, this is my 500th tea note!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Congratulations on 500!

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1771 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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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1771 tasting notes

There are days—-most of you have been having them lately, too—-when refinement and subtlety and tenderly monitored steep times just don’t matter. And you get so tired and chilled that the first warm liquid hitting your dry throat and empty stomach is liquid ambrosia, brand notwithstanding.

One little bag of Red Rose did that on a beastly cold afternoon with office doors swinging open while they moved equipment in and out. I wouldn’t have preferred any other tea in the world at that moment.

scribbles

liquid ambrosia…so well said…I agree…sometimes brand just doesn’t matter

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1771 tasting notes

The need for easy tea continues as I run back to the farm to help Dad deal with Mom’s things. So glad y’all introduced me to this one. Strong enough to wake you, smooth and a little nondescript so as not to trouble you.
Looking forward to a quality tea morning soon.

SFTGFOP

I’m always confused by Red Rose. They say it is Mountain Grown Tea…but never where it is grown.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1771 tasting notes

Found some locally, relatively inexpensive. With life and all as it is, I justified it as “needing some comfort tea that I can just tuck in my purse and go with.”

Nice smooth “just tea.” Sometimes we all need that. Just a cuppa.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1771 tasting notes

It may be flavor inflation because it’s my put-your-feet-up tea after an extremely long travel day, but this is delicious. I need to get me a box for general pantry purposes. I need more tea. Yeah.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1771 tasting notes

This is so ubiquitously available in other parts of the world, I have felt a need to try it just so I can say I did. Thanks to Spencer, I have now been initiated.

And pleasantly so. Gave it a good long Monday morning I-don’t-wanna-deal-with-the-world steep. Side by side with a bag of Lipton, I’d say it’s a bit smoother, a scootch less acidic. Tried this cup straight up, but a little milk would be a nice accompaniment.

Though it isn’t easy to find in this part of the Midwest, it gets a vote here for “good pantry tea.” Hope yours is stocked well.

Indigobloom

Glad to hear you tried good ol’ RR :)
Funny thing is, both the Lipton and Red Rose brand are now owned by Unilever :P

K S

I know I have seen this locally – maybe Wal-mart.

Josie Jade

I love Red Rose! My grandmother used to use this tea and we would have a cup with dessert every afternoon. I had a whole collection of the little figurines that come in the packages growing up!

ashmanra

Harris Teeter carries it but I don’t know if you have those there.

gmathis

Know of one grocery across town with a fair “import” aisle; this could be on it. Have to look next time I can justify a run to the wrong side of the tracks :)

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94
drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
540 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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