Downton Abbey® English Rose Tea

Tea type
Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Hibiscus, Raspberry, Rose
Flavors
Hibiscus, Raspberry, Rose, Artificial, Rosehips, Summer, Sweet, Tart, Berries, Flowers
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Not available
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 271 ml

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  • “This was a sample with the RoT catalog. I maybe overstepped it, but that really can’t explain away how bad this tasted. Hibiscus and rosehip are both kind of sour/tangy and did not go well...” Read full tasting note
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    CharlotteZero 417 tasting notes
  • “First to review this, eh? Well, tall-ho! First observation is that, when hot water first hit the tea bag, the water turned purple! It has turned, upon further steeping, into a rich magenta color....” Read full tasting note
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    Rosehips 1780 tasting notes
  • “Sipdown. I’m not sure how much this resembles “English Rose” anything—I had rose tea many times this summer when I went to England, and I can say with confidence that none...” Read full tasting note
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    bluebelle 564 tasting notes
  • “I received the Downton Abbey English Rose Herb tea as a sample in the catalog and its ok, is definitely a desserts tea. Taste a little apple-y / sweet to me and can’t really taste roses! The...” Read full tasting note
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    Risherly 56 tasting notes

From The Republic of Tea

This vibrant, ruby-red infusion of rose, raspberry and hibiscus has fruity, floral notes and a touch of sweetness. Inspired by traditional British desserts, this caffeine-free, luscious tea is perfect as an afternoon treat. Enjoy hot or cooled over a tall glass of ice.

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The Republic of Tea is a progressive and socially conscious business recognized for being the leading purveyor of more than 200 premium teas and herbs, ready-to-drink iced teas and more. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a tea revolution in America with the purpose of enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas and a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

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417 tasting notes

This was a sample with the RoT catalog. I maybe overstepped it, but that really can’t explain away how bad this tasted. Hibiscus and rosehip are both kind of sour/tangy and did not go well together in my opinion. The raspberry flavoring was very strong, but the rose was almost undetectable. I only took two sips, however, before pouring it down the drain. Maybe it was the stevia in this that really turned me off, because I really didn’t like that this was both strongly sweet and strongly sour.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
__Morgana__

That’s sad, particularly given the name!

TeaBrat

As soon as I saw there was hibiscus I knew I wouldn’t want any. :-P

CharlotteZero

On a rare occasion I like a hibiscus tea. Shameful as it is to admit, I really do like that “Passion” Tazo tea at Starbucks quite a lot…

TeaBrat

I don’t mind the flavor of hibiscus but it almost always gives me an awful stomach ache

CharlotteZero

Aw. That’s not good. :-( At least, in my opinion, you’re not missing anything great.

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First to review this, eh? Well, tall-ho!
First observation is that, when hot water first hit the tea bag, the water turned purple! It has turned, upon further steeping, into a rich magenta color. Woah.
I cannot say that I get any rose flavor out of this at all. I get a tart sweetness, which could be the infamous hibiscus (never before has a flower had so polarizing an effect as it does here on Steepster). I cant say I’ve had enough hibiscus to really form a strong opinion, but I’m dissapointed in this.
I was expecting something more… English. The idea of a decaf rose tea was very appealing, but all in all I’m glad this was just a sample.

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564 tasting notes

Sipdown. I’m not sure how much this resembles “English Rose” anything—I had rose tea many times this summer when I went to England, and I can say with confidence that none of the blends contained hibiscus. Surprisingly, though, this doesn’t smell all that bad. It’s like freeze-dried raspberries or candy. Not what I expected when I read that I was getting a rose tea, but still not terrible.

I can’t help but like RoT, because they were the first real tea I drank. They’re also the only brand I can find in stores anywhere near me. I will admit, though, when they’re good they’re good and when they’re bad they’re awful. I got this with their catalog and won’t be buying any more because despite the nice smell the hibiscus in this completely takes over. I think I’ll ice it to see how it does and then rate it.

ETA: This is not bad iced—it tastes like the freeze-dried raspberries I get in the smell. Decent as an iced tea but I taste zero rose whatsoever.

Kat_Maria

I just got their catalog with a Caramel Vanilla (I think…) sample in it. I got the sample of this tea as well before but hasn’t got round to it yet. I remember having being obsessed with RoT (unfortunate abbreviation ;D) there for a while but I am glad I’ve never committed myself to a really big order from them… I have this coconut pu-erh (loose leaf) from them that I used to really cherish, now it doesn’t taste appealing to me at all. Any pu-erh blend from good ol’ Adagio seems to taste much better than that. But yeah, I guess I will always be a bit sentimental about them as well!

bluebelle

I’d say a lot of their blends are a good jumping-off point, but at least so far none of their teas really stick with me as a must-have. That said, they’re pretty popular where I am and it’s not uncommon to find their teas for sale in cafés… I don’t think I have it in me to completely give up on them as a whole.

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I received the Downton Abbey English Rose Herb tea as a sample in the catalog and its ok, is definitely a desserts tea. Taste a little apple-y / sweet to me and can’t really taste roses! The cup is self is really is beautiful a rose pink color. In my opinion i think it would taste better iced. I would repurchase.
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m a huge fan of the DA show so it was bound to happen that I pick up at least one of their marketed teas. A lot of rose in the ingredients, but I mostly pick up a raspberry flavor. Tastes very sweet to me unless you steep it too long and then you get more of the tart flavors, which is way too much for me. This is definitely a stand-alone dessert kind of tea perfect for after dinner.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1942 tasting notes

I like this better iced than I do hot: the roses and raspberry give it a lovely sweet, thick, syrupy fruit punch.

Super Starling!

I like the notion of refined English roses punching things.

gmathis

We’re talking Downton here. Those delicate flowers are tougher than they look ;)

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49 tasting notes

Got this in a sample packet from a PBS purchase. Liked it, yet found it disappointing. Glad it’s still summer, as this tea has a Kool-Aid kind of flavor, which at least goes with the season. However, it’s got an artificial quality to the flavor, which I would attribute to the stevia in it. I dislike artificial sweeteners, even those of the so-called ‘natural’ variety. One can definitely taste that in here—more so than most other flavors. I didn’t taste any rose, but for me that was a plus, since I’m not too crazy for flowery teas. I couldn’t really taste the hibiscus either, which was disappointing, as I do like that. I liked it, but not enough to want to buy it again.

Flavors: Artificial, Raspberry, Rosehips, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Herbal TTB.

Does this have an artificial sweetener? I did add some sweetener, but it shouldn’t taste so cloyingly sweet. I don’t taste the rose at all either, which is unfortunate. I’ve been looking for a good Hibiscus-Rose tea, but this is not it.

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Got an amazing swap package from*Darby* yesterday, which was filled with tons of these Downton Abbey teas. I don’t even like that show, but if it’s a RoT tea, I need to try! :P
Decided to start with this one since it’s an herbal, and I really need to relax after my trip to Vegas.
The dry leaf smell made the ideas of this tea being mainly rose confirmed in my mind. But while it steeped, the rose aroma was totally replaced by raspberries.
I thought maybe it would still taste like roses, but maybe intertwined with raspberries.
And I was totally wrong.xD
There was no flavor of rose at all. I actually found myself a little disappointed. It seriously just tastes like raspberries. Maybe a hint of something flowery, but definitely not roses. Apparently this has hibiscus in it, but I didn’t taste any of that either!
Oy.
This is not a tea for me! >< This was my first tea of the day too, and since I didn’t drink anything yesterday, I was excited to be home again and drink a crap load of tea. Hopefully the next ones won’t be nearly as bad!
Never been into raspberries. I imagine if you love those, this would be a great tea for you. But just not for me. Thanks for the sample, Darby!

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose, Tart

Anlina

I love raspberries, so this sounds quite intriguing to me.

Ost

Ohh, I think you’d really like it then!

dragondrool

I tried this when I got a sample in my catalogue a few months back, but I had the opposite taste experience. I was hoping for the raspberry to shine through, but all I could taste was the rose petal, which I thought was nasty. I wasn’t a fan at all.

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Opening the tin, the pungent smell escapes and leaves a strong impression.

This has a tart, bright taste to it. After going through the whole tin (over time), it had an off-sweetness that I started to loathe; the flavors did not blend well.

This might taste good cold, with some sweetener and perhaps other flavors to cut down on the tartness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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