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Red Rose

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
517 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
1625 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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drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
517 tasting notes

And there goes the last of the box. Very satisfying! I’m sad that it is gone though, but maybe now I can explore my tea basket and see what I still have in there.

Josie Jade

I didn’t know that Red Rose made flavored teas! I will have to look for this at the grocery store!

MegWesley

That’s where I found mine. They have the caramel, a lemon one, peach cobbler, and something with cinnamon. I think I want to try them all because this one was just so good!

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drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
517 tasting notes

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.

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drank Creme Caramel by Red Rose
517 tasting notes

I have been having a rough time with my schedule, so I picked up a box of tea to try to enjoy. I have been tipping over to the dark side and indulging in coffee after coffee after coffee.

I first brewed this tea last night. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, so I actually followed the directions on the box and brewed for three minutes instead of my usual four to five. It didn’t smell like much until I stirred it and then there was this light caramel scent. It was like somebody took regular Red Rose tea and just dropped a hard caramel candy in it then let it dissolve. There was a light caramel taste, but not that much.

Then came the milk and that almost covered up the caramel but brought out a much more creamy flavor. Then came the sugar and there was bliss! With the milk and sugar it was downright melted caramel cream all the way through.

After the success of last night, I’m having it again this morning. This time I added sugar before just to see how it tasted. Without the milk it is more of liquid hard caramel candies melted slowly into the hot water then had tea added to it. Still tasty, but milk landed in my cup anyway for more bliss.

I want to try the other dessert teas they have out now. This might help me get weaned off of a ton of caffeine that is stuck in coffee and soda.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
241 tasting notes

This is very nice black tea. It’s more cost-effective than Lipton even, and I think the quality is higher. It’s a very smooth blend, easy to make, easy to drink. Plus, it comes with an adorable little porcelain figurine! Win-win situation, right?

yyz

You know I haven’t had red rose since I was a child at my grandparents. I might have to have a cup for nostalgias sake sometime.

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Pretty standard black tea. It has no flavor when it is drank hot but it makes a lovely iced tea.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1599 tasting notes

Picked up from Edmonton. Meh flavor, but it is tea.

gmathis

This is one of those “old shoe” brands that I have always wanted to try just to added it to the repertoire. Not too easy to find locally; it’s considered a fancy import.

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The August Tealog Catchup ! [23 tealogs remaining]

This tea was noticeable worse than Liptons to me. I don’t know why my Dad got this instead of his usual Liptons that is all he always drinks. Maybe they were out. I finished my cup but I decided not to drink it again anymore.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
3 tasting notes

as far as American teas go, I find Red Rose to be one of my favorites. I find it to be much better if attention is spent to warm the pot or cup before steeping with freshly boiled water. In other words, bring the pot to the kettle. I let the tea steep for about five minutes.

The Canadian version is better as it is stronger and has more body, but the American version is quite satisfying!

Preparation
Boiling

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99
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

Ran out of milk at work so I had to do without my cuppa yesterday. It was awful. Have rectified the situation today.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
186 tasting notes

To be honest I am not sure if I am putting this review under the correct maker but it sounds close enough. Whenever I go to Calgary, Canada they have Red Rose tea in the room. It’s quite a lovely black tea but I’ve realized that it is one of the quickest steeping black teas I’ve drank yet. I usually steep mine between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Too long and it’s too bitter. I do occasionally steep it a bit longer if I am going to make an iced tea out of it. It has a light floral flavor and I prefer to drink it when it has cooled slightly.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

Today was the PERFECT cup. Crazy! Was late pouring in the water, so it was a bit below boiling, and then I forgot my tea a second time and it oversteeped, but that plus some milk and I got my dream cup.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

My tea looked particularly delicious today. Perfect shade of tea.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

No breakfast today. But I have tea!

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

Third cup of tea today! Made the mistake of trying others this morning, and they did not work. Came running back to you, my dear, please forgive me.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

I really ought to branch out from this as my morning tea. I just love it so :(

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

Stuck this plus two bags of rose milk tea in one 12 oz cup today. It looked ridiculous. I regret nothing.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

Poured the water in and forgot about it for a good fifteen minutes today. Builder’s brew for me this morning! (Minus the sugar.)

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

No breakfast today, but at least I have you, beautiful.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

Hmm, I am upping my rating.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

What would life be without you? I don’t want to know.

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99
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
121 tasting notes

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