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I think boxes and labels must be different in the U.S…my box from Walmart is blue and dubbed “Original Blend” and that’s what pops up when I search for orange pekoe on the Red Rose website. Minor detail.
Everybody needs at least one extremely cheap, bog standard (yep, there’s that wonderful descriptor again!) bagged black tea, 80 to a box, that you can can swig at will without much attention to time or temperature. I’m on my last few precious bags of Murphy’s Irish Breakfast, so I’m going to need an office replacement. This is in the running, although it is stronger on the sharp tenor notes instead of the malty bass that I prefer.
I picked this tea up on a lark at the incomparable Hopey and Company grocery store in Black Mountain, NC, where truly unique products go to be deeply discounted. For $1/box (see, deeply discounted), I felt it was a sufficient risk to take. I have had poor results with supposed “sweet” tea flavors from Celestial Seasonings so at best I expected a cup of hot water that tasted of being heated in the next room over from a lemon. Instead, I got the full and entire flavor of a slice of lemon cake!!! It was amazing!!!
My only regret is that I did not buy more boxes and as I don’t live in Black Mountain, I now have to pay full price for my next load of this tea.
If you are someone who likes herbal concoctions that claim to have the flavors of sweet dessert treats, this tea will actually deliver on its claims.
PS: For anyone that sees my preparation notes, the box tells me 2g is one tea bag. So it is just 1 bag. No need to get out the scale.
Flavors: Lemon, Sweet, Vanilla
My “something borrowed” for a A June Wedding, sent to me from Devon Bartholomew in a recent swap.
I only smell hibiscus when I open the tea bag and now I’m disappointed. I knew hibiscus would be involved, but I’d hoped for something more. But then, as the hot water hits, I smell strawberries! Fresh strawberries, strawberry candy, strawberry jam – a mix of all of it! I’m starting to get excited.
Then I taste it.
The illusion is over. All that’s left is the artificial sweetness of the stevia and the dusty, dry hibiscus. Together they are the stuff of nightmares. I managed to finish half the cup before abandoning all hope and tossing the rest down the gullet of the greedy kitchen sink. Good riddance.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Drying, Dust, Hibiscus, Jam, Strawberry
From the tea box. This one really smells like a blueberry muffin! Oh boy, it comes pre-sweetened so I definitely regret the sugar I added to the cup. Otherwise, the flavor is great. The blueberry flavor is like the blueberries in muffins, and there’s a little something in there that tastes like cake too. I’m not sure how they do it, but it tastes really good! I added milk, which really helps it taste nice and desserty. This one might not be for everyone due to the stevia, but I like it a lot.
Yup, I still don’t like this one – I had it this morning with my eggs – I don’t like the sweetener they use, if they took out the stevia, is it, maybe? I feel like I would like it a whole lot better. Maybe it’s sucralose? Whatever it is, I’m definitely not a fan, it has an aftertaste that lingers. Bummer. I love Red Rose black teas, though – not a diss against the whole line! Don’t get me wrong!
This was one of the few teas I have tried that I was not a fan of. There is an aftertaste that I did not like – I found out why, after I read the box – it contains stevia, which I do not like. The flavor sounded so promising! It would have been so much more pleasant if they didnt add stevia.
Flavors: Cheesecake, Strawberry
Still at the workshop and they are usually serving this at breakfast. Had it again with cream and honey, and again, it was divine. I don’t know whether this is taking me back to deeply embedded memories of comfort and blissed out safety—perhaps it is. It must be. No other explanation for this deliciousness.
Started a workshop today and decided to walk there in the early morning—about 45 minutes given the snow and required heavy boots—in gazillion below zero weather. I was dressed for a winter walk, but I was lugging a big bag and a yoga mat which was awkward in my big winter coat.
When I finally got there, there was a big pot of this with I don’t know how many teabags steeping for I don’t know how long. Nevermind, even though I was carrying a few travel canisters of my own tea, I poured myself a big mug, added a big glug of almond milk, and it was the best thing ever. Like, ever.
I may just give up on being a tea snob.
I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile based on word of mouth, it has a good reputation for an off the shelf tea you can find at the supermarket. Great price, cheaper than one of its competitors that I have used regularly. Strong without being obnoxious or bitter, nice honey like flavors. For me it’s perfect for making quick iced tea in the Summer.
A decent black tea, somewhat weaker in flavor relative to similarly marketed brands (e.g. Barry’s Gold Blend, PG Tips). Something of a spice character, maybe nutmeg, clove? can’t quite place it — very floral relative to the competition as well. Decent for an afternoon cup maybe with a snack, but won’t really stand up to food.
Flavors: Floral, Malt, Spices, Tea
It’s the Ritz cracker of teas: basic and just the way you remembered it if your grandma drank this brand. I snagged six ounces of loose tea from their website for cheaper than a box of Ritz. It’s not a bold tea…not complex…it almost has no aroma. A cup of Red Rose is not a key to the gates of the imagination which allow our spirits to soar across the globe to the foothills of the Himalayas or ancient Chinese farmlands. But…a cup will take some of us back to Sunday afternoons on a shrinkwrapped couch, enjoying tea with plenty of milk and sugar with Lorna Doones, while we wait for our favorite shows to come on the telly.
Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Spearmint, Tea
This is the tea my great-aunt from England often drank. When my palate has grown weary of all manner of tea-trickery, I will reach for a bag of Red Rose. A cup will take me back to my childhood as it’s very likely the first tea I ever had. It’s surprisingly a nice, very drinkable tea all these years later.
Flavors: Smooth, Tea