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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!)
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.
So, I opened this and started drinking this a total of four days ago? Well, I think it got me back into tea drinking because I have a little more than 1/4 of the box left. It is really delicious. I have settled on two teaspoons of sugar and a splash of milk for all cups. 3 minutes for a regular mug, 4 for a medium mug, and 5 for my big huge Tardis mug and travel mug.