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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
14 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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73
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
112 tasting notes

This is a good black tea.

Just don’t make the mistake I did the first time by steeping it too long (more than 5 minutes) or it can get quite bitter.

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

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75
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
2 tasting notes

Flavour: Mild black tea in the American idiom. Not complex. When served sweetened, notes of date and carrot cake are the order of the day.

Aroma: Moderately aromatic. Notes of date, sweet spice, pastry, and snapdragon blossoms greet the nose.

Mouthfeel: Moderate in body. Just barely stout enough to satisfy.

Appearance of brewed tea: Rich caramel brown tea topped by an appealing thin oily lacing. A good looking cuppa, I’d say.

Caffeine: Below average caffeination for black tea.

Virtues: I find the aroma and appearance of this tea to be quite inviting. Moderately intense flavour lacks distracting off-notes. Inexpensive and readily available in US supermarkets.

Faults: Intolerant of indifferent preparation—tastes soapy and grassy if brew water is insufficiently hot. Flavour and aromatic intensity of this tea seems to vary from year to year; the American-market Red Rose I recall from the 1980s was a more robust tea than the Red Rose of today.

The Verdict: This is my favourite inexpensive and widely available tea sold in US supermarkets. Careful brewing will reveal some unexpected rewards. I find American-market Red Rose entirely serviceable for drinking when I’ve run out of finer teas. Cheap and cheerful.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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67
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
325 tasting notes

This was, up until my introduction to DAVID’s Tea about a year ago, what I would always think of when someone said “tea”. However any time I have tried this before was in my tea hating days, so I could never say too much about it. However, my grandmother makes a pot every morning and these days I’ll never say no to tea.

I can see why this is popular. It’s super basic. Not bitter, even if over-steeped (my grandmother leaves the bag in, much to my chagrin). Slightest citrus note, but nothing in your face. I, personally, would get bored of it, but to each his own.

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98
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
2 tasting notes

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70
drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
545 tasting notes

So I went out for dinner last night and wanted a tea with my meal. I ordered a green tea and they brought me one with spearmint which generally would have been fine but I noticed it was Tazo which, for various reasons, I didn’t want so she brought me their tea box so I could pick another. They were all Tazo except Red Rose Orange Pekoe so that’s what I chose. I drank it happily with cream and it was pretty good. I prefer it with sugar too but I passed on the extra calories. This tea reminds me of my grandparents. My Papa always drank this tea and my Nanny had a collection of those little figurines that came in the box years and years ago. A nice little change from my usual herbal selections.

Flavors: Tea

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drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
1 tasting notes

This tea did not taste like Earl Grey in any sense. Having drank many good Earls, this was not even close to tasting like one. It was simply put, cheap and terrible. Don’t waste your $$$ on this one. The Red Rose basic is a far better choice!~

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec

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71
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
3 tasting notes

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71
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
3 tasting notes

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30
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
972 tasting notes

Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

I’m always up for another lemon dessert tea, even if it happens to be a bagged brand. I’m familiar with Red Rose, but I’ve never tried any of their teas before. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve had a tea in a regular old traditional-style tea bag. Dry, it smells like more chiffon than lemon, it’s quite sweet.

Wow, the steeped tea also smells like a giant pile of meringue with a hint of lemon. Eh, this one is weird. The lemon is really chemically, and it’s reminding me of lemon-scented dish soap or something. Or lemon pepper. I taste zero black tea here, just an artificial sugary dessert flavor. And a weird aftertaste to go with it, ick.

Flavors: Artificial, Lemon, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

Ick. Ain’t nothing like drinking lemon pledge! BTW, Happy 800th tasting note!

Cameron B.

Yep, not pleasant. And thanks. :)

Roswell Strange

Better start planning something fun for 1000 ;)

Cameron B.

Honestly I’ve stopped paying attention to it, I feel weird announcing milestones like they’re accomplishments when drinking tea is just something I do every day regardless. :P

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67
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
95 tasting notes

I have a habit of throwing a cinnamon stick into tea and this one does quite well with that. It’s my father’s favorite. Sometimes you’re just feeling a plain cup without much to-do.

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
95 tasting notes

This a citrus Earl Grey with lemon and orange peel in it. It’s either light on the bergamot, or it’s masked by the citrus. It’s unique, I’ll give it that much, but I personally prefer plain bergamot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange

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85
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
8 tasting notes

Sad that people don’t like this because I’m really into it. Valid point that it doesn’t taste like cobbler, but the peach taste is pretty strong. Would recommend.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Peach Cobbler by Red Rose
8 tasting notes

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
893 tasting notes

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
893 tasting notes

I had a pot of this tea today with brunch and it was amazingly mediocre. One tea bag was not enough to make a pot, so it was weak and watery. A fair bit of cream and sugar made the whole thing passable, but bleh. I really wish more restaurants would serve decent tea.

On the bright side, the rest of brunch was fantastic! We went to Neechi Commons and had the Talia breakfast, which is a skillet with really good fried potatoes, bacon, kale, mushrooms, onion and red pepper, topped with poached eggs, and fresh fruit and toasted bannock on the side. It was wonderful.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Red Rose
893 tasting notes

I drank a cup of this at IKEA today, with water of questionable temperature and milk and sugar into the cup at the same time as the tea bag. It was actually better than I was expecting it to be. Kind of comforting and pleasant.

I wouldn’t choose this if there were more interesting options, but it wasn’t loathsome or even bad like I was kind of expecting it to be.

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50
drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
726 tasting notes

Got the Samples only TTB today. :O My first TTB.
Not as overwhelmed with teas I wanna try as I thought of hoped. xD But that’s alright. I’m picky. :P Really like lemon teas apparently, so decided to try this one!
Pretty creamy, not too lemon-y.
It’s alright. Not the best lemon tea I’ve had. Not the worst though. Just doesn’t have the strength I hoped it would.
Nice to try though!

Flavors: Cream, Lemon

Cameron B.

I did my first TTB not too long ago, too! I actually liked it a lot, even though there weren’t a lot of teas I enjoyed in it. :)

Ost

It’s a good idea and I’m glad I got to do it! But like Probably won’t do a lot of them. But hey they are probably even better when you’re on a tea buying hiatus, right? :P

Cameron B.

It’s nice that you get to try new teas without having any extra left over to sip down. And yeah, I get to get rid of a little bit of tea too. :P

Ost

Haha yes! That too. Getting rid of teas you don’t like is always a plus! :P

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89

I really enjoyed this English breakfast tea, and love that I found a decaf black tea that I actually like. It’s perfect for brinner, I think – had it as an accompaniment to a vegan version of a full English breakfast and it was absolutely perfect. The reason I don’t give it a higher score is because I haven’t tried a wide enough variety of English breakfast teas to see how it stacks up against other brands. Once I do, I’ll be able to tweak the review. So far, very satisfied.

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