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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 51 oz / 1498 ml

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First introduced in 1890, the traditional Red Rose blend is a tea for tea lovers. This package of 100 has some of the finest black teas from around the world are selected to make this full bodied and flavorful tea.

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After reading these reviews, it is nice to hear that this tea is available in Canada, as I purchased mine from South Africa (I live in the U.S).

This tea was recommended to me by a British friend, who told me that you could let it steep as long as you want it and it never gets bitter/astringent/tannic. And she is right. It is pretty standard “black-tea” flavored; reminiscent of Liptons. Nothing special, but none of the tannic element that I dislike so much in oversteeped tea.

I find it is a really good tea for keeping in my desk at work. I don’t really have the time to make myself a good cup of tea, but this does the trick when I need a nice warm cup in the afternoon.

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Pretty good for grocery store bagged tea. Better than Lipton and most other major brands. Makes a nice cup of tea just like I remember as a kid. I think in Canada red rose is owned by Lipton, so I’m talking about the American version. comes with a collectible figurine which I collect for awhile then toss.

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I find this tea to be near the bottom of the barrel, especially since it’s found at the bottom of the grocery store shelves, as well. I chose this over Lipton because it was the same price for double the amount of bags, and at the time I was going through a lot of tea bags in iced tea. This tea, no matter how I’ve made it (and I prefer to avoid sugar and milk in all of my teas) seems to come out bland and bitter, and like candy corn, every time I forget just how bad it really is. This box was the first and last time I’ll buy it.

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When I first arrived in the Great White North from England in 1993, this was the tea that was sold and served everywhere. If I didn’t bring a bag or two of Tetley with me to a meal, this is what I drank. It’s an above-average black tea blend with a standout Assam character. It’s produced cheaply and sold similarly so don’t expect the Queen to accept a cuppa generica, but it’s a solid backup tea.

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57 tasting notes

Such a nice, classic tea. Mother used to buy htis tea when I was a kid, so when I was shopping for black tea to make my sun teas and I saw this one, I grabbed it. It makes for a decent iced tea, but I think it does even better as a hot cuppa! I add some sugar and a bit of milk, and I’ve got a sweet, creamy spot of hot tea!

Of course I’ll continue to make my iced tea with it as well. Tea in bulk is best when you’re burning through iced tea during hot weather!

I’d also forgotten about the little trinkets they’d included in the packaging! Found me a little blue fella in there! Hahaha!

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8 tasting notes

This is a good basic tea. When I want something that isn’t too strong, but still tastes good, I drink Red Rose. It’s great for mornings when you want to wake up with a cup of tea but your taste buds aren’t ready for anything too strong/flavorful yet. It’s pretty plain, but unlike Lipton, it doesn’t bring to mind boiled dirt. The little animals are cut too.

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30 tasting notes

This is more of a comfort drink than anything for me. My mother always had some in the house, storing the bags in a tin. It was something warm to turn to when you were not feeling well, cold or down. I’ve always thought the color and smell pleasant, and even though it’s nothing spectacular, it’s special just because it was my first tea.

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please if you want to start drinking tea dont drink this..this is by far the worst tea..i dont want to go any further, its just so cheap

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I’m staying with family while house hunting, and this is my brother-in-law-to-be’s favorite tea. It’s got a nice, delicate flavor that works well when brewed my usual way—very strong, with sugar and milk added. This is a good standby tea, though I don’t think I’ll buy it for myself. I prefer my morning tea to be a bit more robust.

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16 tasting notes

While this is not the most exciting, refined, or even particularly high quality cup, this is my comfort tea. It was the brand my mother always bought when I was a child (and still does), and was the tea that was served when I had a cold, when we’d make sun tea in the summer, and at my first tea parties.

Okay, so the flavor isn’t spectacular. The leaves are chopped into the smallest pieces imaginable. But it’s a happy tea for me, and lends well to have things added to it, something you wouldn’t want to do with your best sencha. With a teaspoon of rose syrup, even this tea tastes elegant and smooth.

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