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65
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
15 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
19 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
62 tasting notes

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Normal Red Rose is good, although it seems it’s not for everyone. However Canadian Breakfast is much more flavorful than the original, less bitter and has more going on taste wise. It’s quickly becoming my go to tea in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
570 tasting notes

One of my coworkers is extremely pregnant, so the office threw her a surprise tea party themed baby shower. Lots of yummy food, adorable decorations, a few tears. And, of course, tea. Good old Red Rose. Tastes like grandma’s house and childhood.

MrQuackers

I was actually wondering today if I was missing the taste of Red Rose Tea.

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84
drank Decaffeinated Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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84
drank Decaffeinated Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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84
drank Decaffeinated Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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Flavors: Honey, Malt, Mineral, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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84
drank Decaffeinated Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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84
drank Decaffeinated Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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Flavors: Malt, Mineral, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 15 OZ / 450 ML

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84
drank Decaffeinated Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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Tastes just as strong as the full caffeine variety.

Malty, with a hint of milk flavour. This is a fantastic bagged orange pekoe and better than several loose leaf varieties I have tried. I enjoy mine with a touch of honey and a splash of milk. It makes a good every day tea.

Flavors: Malt, Milk

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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89
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
1557 tasting notes

Malty, with a hint of milk flavour. This is a fantastic bagged orange pekoe and better than several loose leaf varieties I have tried. I enjoy mine with a touch of honey and a splash of milk. It makes a good every day tea.

Flavors: Malt, Milk

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
578 tasting notes

I’m craving more of my Mighty Leaf Pride of the Port with milk… but alas, I am at work, so this inexpensive bagged EG will have to hold me over for now. I have a cup of black tea, like, every two hours while I’m at work. My mug has become a security blanket of sorts.

The base of this one is very low-quality— not surprising. I like my EGs with a smooth, non-astringent, Chinese black base, and I’m 90% sure this one is just a run- of- the- mill Ceylon orange pekoe.

Bagged EG tastes very different than loose EG. I actually usually prefer the way that bagged EGs taste because I think they use stronger concentrations of bergamot oil in the bagged stuff, and I like the bergamot to be strong. Loose EG is much more delicate and has a more subtle, woody, sour-bitey flavor, at least in my experience.

Weirdly, this cheap bagged EG tastes very close to what Twinings [loose] EG tastes like— notes of sour cherry and lemon, and less bergamot-y and perfume— but it’s much weaker than Twinings. Like a faint echo of it.

Flavors: Cherry, Lemon

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
578 tasting notes

Very boring. Better than Lipton’s appalling attempt on an EG, but nothing to write home about. I like my EG to have a mild, smooth black base, and this one is astringent, which I find takes away from the bergamot oil. EG should be confectionlike and delightful, and this blend tastes like an English breakfast with a twist of something faintly citrus-y. A similar affect could be produced using a plain black Tetley teabag and a lemon wedge.

I’m officially a snob, I suppose.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Citrus

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
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This reminds me a lot of Twinings’ Lady Grey. It tastes lemony and citrus-y, and I get hints of genuine cherry and burnt cocoa. But, like the other reviewers on here say, it’s not overly bergamot-y. It’s very drinkable and for $3 for a box of 40 bags, it’s basically an ideal work tea, but it’s not the best bagged EG I’ve ever tasted.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cherry, Cocoa, Lemon, Orange

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48
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
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Flavors: Dirt, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
13 tasting notes

I’ve had this for many years of my life and it holds a special place in my heart. I am preferring different teas the older I get but this will always be a classic to me.

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Sadly not a fan. I’ve had non-decaf Red Rose orange pekoe tea for many years of my life, and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried the decaf version before, but the most recent box we got of it was unpleasant. They changed the bag styles since I think I had it last, and while I’ve had mostly Tetley decaf black tea lately I found this to be very, very mild in flavour and it tasted kind of like grass to me. I tried it with two tea bags as well to see if it would help, and while it did make it stronger (I drink very strong black tea often) the grassy flavour was still there but more intense (which would make sense since I doubled the tea!). It wasn’t the worst, but it didn’t taste like orange pekoe to me. It actually reminded me a teensy bit of genmaicha, which I really enjoyed, but what put me off is that it isn’t supposed to taste that way. It didn’t taste as good as genmaicha, but it had a burnt grassy flavour that was reminiscent of it to me.
I’ve really enjoyed Red Rose tea for years, but I think when I drink tea from them I will stick with non-decaffeinated.

Flavors: Burnt, Grass

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50
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
19 tasting notes

Look, we all know why you are drinking this. You wanted the cute little ceramic frog but you got some sort of squirrel instead. Or maybe you are over a coffee drinker’s house and they unearthed this box with a flourish of pride from some hoary old cabinet. It’s neither good nor bad- it’s just tea. Don’t make it into sun tea, that’s what the Lipton’s is for.

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75
drank Canadian Breakfast by Red Rose
112 tasting notes

I saw a box of 60 bags on sale for $3.00 so I decided to pick up a box. This brings me up to 73 teas in my cupboard! I keep telling myself I need to finish some of the teas before I get more but It never works out that way. My tea stash just keeps expanding.

I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. It was a bold taste but not bitter which is what I like.

The instructions say that one bag is good for two cups of tea so I made 500 ml (2 cups) and after steeping at 100 C for 5 minutes it made 2 medium strength cups of tea (which is perfect for me). However, if you like it strong or add milk you might want to use one bag per cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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70
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
64 tasting notes

I keep trying to really like this, because it’s peach, and peach is one of my favorite flavors in the world. But it’s not quite peach enough. It reminds me more of a fruit salad. Maybe it’s the hibiscus, or maybe it’s whatever the “cobbler” part is. It’s okay, and is drinkable, but it’s never going to be a go-to peach tea for me.

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