Last Red Rose Review! Naturally Decaffeinated

Oh noz!   My final Red Rose K-cup review!   For those of you who are late to the game, Red Rose gave me three different types of K-cups to review – English Breakfast, Original, and now, Naturally Decaffeinated.

For those of you who don’t know, decaffeinated tea STILL CONTAINS CAFFEINE.   It is in trace amounts, but it is still present, so please tread lightly if you have any allergies to caffeine.   Tea labeled as decaffeinated must have less than 2.5% of the original caffeine level.

Red Rose uses a process to decaffeinate their tea called the ethyl acetate, or EA, process, which is also the most widely used method in the US.   Basically, this means that the chemical ethyl acetate, which is found naturally in tea, is used as a solvent to extract the caffeine.

Now, the most important question – how is the tea?

Red Rose Naturally Decaffeinated Tea

Red Rose Naturally Decaffeinated Tea

The first thing that I noticed about the tea was that it was lighter in appearance than the others.   While this normally is not a bad thing, it did sadly translate over into taste a bit.   I only tasted a hint of the tea and have not been able to figure out why.   I did find that the ethyl acetate is very difficult to remove and can leave a chemical taste to the tea sometimes.   However, thankfully, this was not the case.   The tea was just a bit weak for my taste.   It smells strong, and I brewed it in the Keurig as I did the other teas, but for some reason, this one is just not working for me.

So, in short, while I do love Red Rose tea, I am not sure if I will be running off to purchase more K-cups.   I might get the Original since that tasted like normal Red Rose tea, but the English Breakfast tasted just like the Original, so I’m not sure if that is worth it.

So Red Rose, I do thank you, and I will keep buying your tea bags, but your K-cups are not my cup of tea.

Tea Review – Red Rose English Breakfast Tea

Hi all!

So, life has been busy, busy, busy!   First off, GREAT news regarding my recent health issues.   I finally got everything resolved.   Cysts have disappeared, kidney is non-existent but not a bad thing, and my low iron has been resolved.   Even better?   Ever since taking my iron pills, I have had more energy, I feel less depressed, and I have even started going to the gym again, this time with my mommy in tow and soon, my boyfriend will be joining on Saturday!

Very excited about all of that 🙂

I also got word that I will be doing another Tea Love talk!   This one will be in February, details to follow.

Now, as some of you might already know, I received a package from Red Rose Tea again, this time asking to review their Keurig cups.   Though I must admit, I am not the biggest fan of K-cups, I decided to give it a whirl.   Last time, I reviewed the original K-cup.   Now, I moved on to…

English Breakfast From Red Rose Tea!

English Breakfast From Red Rose Tea!

English Breakfast!

So, I brewed it and, as you can see here, it has its signature red flavor to the tea, almost like burnt cinnamon.   Truly, if I could, I would put some of this tea in resin and wear that as a necklace or ring, it looks so pretty.

Unfortunately though, in terms of taste and scent, it doesn’t quite meet standards.   I do not taste any outstanding flavors to it, nor do I smell any.   To smell anything, I have to quite literally stick my nose deep into my cup and even then, I get a slight smell of black tea.   As for taste, it is a good black tea, mind you, but I would not want to use it to wash down a hearty breakfast of eggs and sausage.   It is more mild, better for some light sandwiches.

I know that my aunt likes to dress up her Red Rose Tea with a little bit of orange juice, so I might give that a shot, but this is more of just a pleasant tea, nothing too outstanding about it.

Sorry, Red Rose!   I do like your products, but this one, I would recommend an improvement on.

Next week, I will review the final one, the naturally decaffeinated tea.

 

First Round Of Red Rose Tea – Original K-Cup

Hi all!

So, for the first K-cup from Red Rose Tea, I decided to go with the original.   After all, can’t beat starting out with what seems to have been working!   So I ran upstairs in my office to our Keurig machine and brewed myself a cuppa in my cute puppy mug (because who doesn’t love puppies?).   The result?

A Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa Red Red Rose :-)

A Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa Red Red Rose 🙂

A dark, rich color with hints of red undertones.   Not quite as dark as coffee, but not a light tea either.   The scent was a little weaker than what I am used to from Red Rose Tea, but the taste was still good.   Again, it was a little weaker than when I brew the bags myself.   That being said, I also tend to leave the tea bags in my mug while I drink, so that it something to consider when you brew this.

So, if you like a mellow tea, this might be the way to go for you.   I like mine a bit bolder (I blame the fact that I naturally have trouble breathing through my nose which then affects my taste glands, or it could be just that I like strong-tasting things), but I can see the benefits of having the tea in a flash like a K-cup Red Rose Tea can offer.

I know that my aunt has offered in the past that she adds a little orange juice to her tea, which helps to bring out some of the more acidic flavors to it.   While I don’t have any directly on hand, that might be a good solution to help bring out the strength of this tea while also keeping the brewing in a short time span.

Well, next week?   I’ll be reviewing English Breakfast 🙂

Mystery Package – Revealed!

Hi all!

So, in case you didn’t read last week’s blog post, I did have a bit of a health scare which is getting better.   I am not completely out of the woods yet, but it looks like kidney cancer is very low on the possibility list.   I might either just have some other issue, or I might only have one kidney (kinda cool!).   I will keep everyone posted.   In the meantime, prayers, well wishes, what have you, are all welcomed.

Now, onto tea…

I got a wonderful little Christmas gift in the mail the other day!   Not one, not two, but THREE Keurig cup packages from Red Rose Tea!

Yay!   Lots Of Tea!

Yay! Lots Of Tea!

That’s right – Red Rose Tea contacted Tea Love again for another round of reviews, and this time, they are having me test out their new Keurig cups.   Admittedly, one thing I love about Red Rose Tea is the little figurines they include with all their teas.   Sadly, the K-cups do not come with the nautical theme that they have this year, but I did manage to score a cute little scuba diver head the last time I did a review for them.

As you know, I am not entirely sold on K-cups.   The Keurig delivers a flash brew from a bunch of tea dustings.   While it’s good for what it is, I can’t say I am wild, over-the-top, crazy about them.   However, when I am looking for something faster than even a tea bag, I know I can also grab a K-cup.

Now, to dissect these little guys.   Each one has a tin foil lid, just like most K-cups.   Let’s take a peek inside:

 

Never Too Thrilled With Tea Dustings...

Never Too Thrilled With Tea Dustings…

As I thought, the tea is a bit of a powder.   This will help promote quick brewing, but does lack the quality of a loose leaf tea.   However, when you are on the go, this is pretty helpful.

As established in my blog Undressing The K-Cup, I explored how a Keurig brews the tea.   There’s no temperature control, so everything brews at 192 degrees, which is a bit colder than the 200 degrees needed for black teas, but should do here because the tea is a powder.

Now, what about the taste?   Find out next week how it is, how it looks, and if you should go running to your grocery stores!

 

And The Winner of the First Ever Tea Love Contest Is…

Cynthia S!!!!!!!

Cynthia, congrats!   Tea Love will be shipping out your packages of iced tea (much needed for all of these hot and humid days!) and a beautiful box of Red Rose tea with a collectible nautical figurine.

Here's What Cynthia Won!

Here’s What Cynthia Won!

Hopefully you can post the photo of your figurine to Tea Love’s Facebook?

In the meantime, curious what Cynthia wrote to win the box of tea?   Read on 🙂

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My Story

Like many of the Boomer generation, I grew up in a large family, not rich but never felt poor. Most Christmas times, we got pajamas and underwear, and not the fancy ones, the practical ones sturdy enough to pass down the line, along with the shoes, dresses, coats.

Well, that was fine. We were happy just to open the presents and decorate the tree. One Christmas, though, I got the most wonderful gift, I thought. It was a real china tea set. It had a teapot, the creamer and sugar bowl and four, count them, four cups and saucers. I played with that set for hours, on rainy days. I could pretend I was had so many friends who enjoyed my teas.

I still have that tea set and to my credit, from five years old till now (60+), I never broke one piece. It probably cost $2.00 when new but to me it is priceless. I thank my mother for saving it for me, so that just maybe, I will be able to pass down to my nieces’ kids.

Another Tea Love Review! Red Rose Tea

Tea Love is hosting a contest!

If you follow my Facebook page, then you saw that I posted a picture of a mysterious package.   Wanna know what was inside?

A Fun Package Of TEA!

Tea Love will be giving away some of this lovely tea, courtesy of Red Rose and Salada Tea!   You might remember my blog post on Red Rose Tea from January 27th this year.   Well, now Tea Love will be giving away a collection of tea to one lucky winner!   All you need to do is send an email to CAFelegi@aol.com with your name, your address, and your best tea story (500 words maximum), anything you want as long as you write about tea.   The winner will have their story posted on my blog on Sunday, July 14th and will have this shipped to them:

If You Win The Contest, You Will Receive These Lovely Teas

The package will include 1 (one) box each of Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Peach Nectarine Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea, and Red Rose Original Tea.   Winners must be located within the U.S. to receive this prize.   Sorry, all international readers!   The blog post with the winner will hold the first name and first initial of the last name only.   Tea Love will not use any information provided outside of the contest.   No purchase necessary.

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My last post before the winner of the contest is announced!!!!   Make sure you submit your work to me at CAFelegi@aol.com!

The final tea is a nice hot cup of Red Rose Tea 🙂

One cute thing about Red Rose Tea is how with every box, there comes a ceramic prize.   I got the nautical theme, which had a diver’s helmet within:

Diver's Helmet From My Red Rose Tea

Diver’s Helmet From My Red Rose Tea

Not going to lie, that was most definitely an adorable perk.   After all, who doesn’t like a little free gift in their box of tea?

The tea box that I received had tea packaged in tea bags, 100 total.   That’s going to be a lot of cups!   The brew is an amber color, a typical black tea.   The smell is not strong either, which is nice.   Sometimes, you’ll get an overbearingly strong tea and that turns off the entire experience.

When I took a sip, I was surprised that this was more of a dry tea.   So, don’t expect to have a wet whistle after taking a few sips.   However, again, keep in mind that does not necessarily mean that it is unpleasant.   It’s like drinking a dry wine.

The taste has a sweet aftertaste, which, with my latest sweet tooth craving, is PERFECT!   It has the bitterness of the black tea with the aftertaste of a fruity herbal.

Overall, I will definitely be brewing a lot more cups of this tea!

Another Tea Love Review! Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea

Tea Love is hosting a contest!

If you follow my Facebook page, then you saw that I posted a picture of a mysterious package.   Wanna know what was inside?

A Fun Package Of TEA!

Tea Love will be giving away some of this lovely tea, courtesy of Red Rose and Salada Tea!   You might remember my blog post on Red Rose Tea from January 27th this year.   Well, now Tea Love will be giving away a collection of tea to one lucky winner!   All you need to do is send an email to CAFelegi@aol.com with your name, your address, and your best tea story (500 words maximum), anything you want as long as you write about tea.   The winner will have their story posted on my blog on Sunday, July 14th and will have this shipped to them:

If You Win The Contest, You Will Receive These Lovely Teas

The package will include 1 (one) box each of Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Peach Nectarine Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea, and Red Rose Original Tea.   Winners must be located within the U.S. to receive this prize.   Sorry, all international readers!   The blog post with the winner will hold the first name and first initial of the last name only.   Tea Love will not use any information provided outside of the contest.   No purchase necessary.

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Our next and final iced tea in review for this month?

Salada Tea Berry Patch Black Tea for Iced Tea

Salada Tea Berry Patch Black Tea for Iced Tea

The coloration on this particular tea did not strike me as being much different than the Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea that I had originally reviewed, possibly because they are both darker teas?   After all, you would imagine that raspberry would be darker than the lighter peach nectarine, right?   This, however, is a black tea, compared to the other two teas that were green teas.   Therefore, this one has a bit more caffeine and is better for a morning sip instead of your orange juice.

My cuppa also does not have the slightly vegetative taste as the other two.   Instead, it both smells and tastes like I am drinking black licorice.   Seriously, almost exactly!   It is a bit more diluted since it is a drink, but I could almost taste it exactly.

So, if you like a slight bitterness to your drink, a kinda of after-bite, then make sure you have no sugar or milk.   However, if you want the sweetness of a piece of candy, then make sure to add only a touch of sugar to help you along the way with this drink.

Lots Of Exciting News In The Tea Love Realm!

Good morning, fellow tea sippers!   Tea Love has A LOT of exciting news to share with you this wonderful day 🙂   I’ll break it up into four parts, to help you out:

1. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

A Very Lovely Father's Day To All The Wonderful Dads Out There, Especially Mine <3

A Very Lovely Father’s Day To All The Wonderful Dads Out There, Especially Mine ❤

I hope everyone is doing something nice with their dads today.

2. Tea Love is hosting another talk!

Yes, I will be hosting another talk!   This one will be held on Tuesday, July 16th, at 6:45 PM at the Bradley Beach Public Library, 511 Fourth Avenue, Bradley Beach, New Jersey 07720.   Learn tea basics and be sure to bring your own tea mug to partake in some tea samples.   Tea will be provided by Tea Spot, located in Cranford, New Jersey, and we will be holding a raffle with two baskets!    Sponsored by Bradley Beach Public Library.

Come Out To See Tea Love Speak On Tuesday, July 16th, 6:45 PM!

Come Out To See Tea Love Speak On Tuesday, July 16th, 6:45 PM!

3. Tea Love is hosting a contest!

If you follow my Facebook page, then you saw that on Thursday, I posted a picture of a mysterious package.   Wanna know what was inside?

A Fun Package Of TEA!

A Fun Package Of TEA!

Tea Love will be giving away some of this lovely tea, courtesy of Red Rose and Salada Tea!   You might remember my blog post on Red Rose Tea from January 27th this year.   Well, now Tea Love will be giving away a collection of tea to one lucky winner!   All you need to do is send an email to CAFelegi@aol.com with your name, your address, and your best tea story (500 words maximum), anything you want as long as you write about tea.   The winner will have their story posted on my blog on Sunday, July 14th and will have this shipped to them:

If You Win The Contest, You Will Receive These Lovely Teas

If You Win The Contest, You Will Receive These Lovely Teas

The package will include 1 (one) box each of Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Peach Nectarine Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea, and Red Rose Original Tea.   Winners must be located within the U.s. to receive this prize.   Sorry, all international readers!   The blog post with the winner will hold the first name and first initial of the last name only.   Tea Love will not use any information provided outside of the contest.   No purchase necessary.

4. A Review!

For the rest of June up until July 7th, I will be reviewing these amazing tea packages for you and telling you how wonderfully fantastic they are!   Our first tea?   We’ll discuss the Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea.

I brewed myself a cuppa last night and chilled it, according to the directions.   This morning, I took my first sip and I must say, absolutely lovely!   There is a hint of raspberry amongst the sea of vegetative green tea.

However, that being said, the green tea isn’t so overpowering that you need to load this particular tea up with sugar to try and get a little sweetness in it.   If you’re not a green tea fan, you might want to add a small spoonful of sugar, but not a lot.   Taste test it before you put the drink in the fridge to cool so that, if you do need sugar, you can add it in and have it dissolve while hot.

The tea is also relatively strong, as well.   There is enough caffeine where I did not need a cup of coffee this morning, but it doesn’t have me crashing either.   One thing that always disappoints me is when I have a cup of tea that tastes more like water than it does tea but this tea has the perfect ratio.

The smell of the tea is rather sharp and you can smell a lot more of the green tea than you can the raspberry.   Since it’s iced, it has a different smell than a cup of hot green tea, but it is interesting and tasty, nonetheless.

Look-wise, it looks gorgeous!   It has a light reddish amber tinge to it and, if placed in a glass pitcher with some ice cubes and maybe even some fresh raspberries on a sunny summer’s day, you have yourself quite the pretty picture.

Overall, I definitely highly recommend this iced tea on a hot summer’s day!

A Unique Tea Gift

Those who read my Facebook have read my latest post regarding my friend Jon, who received a sea horse figurine when buying Red Rose Tea.   Though he was admittedly confused by the gift, he took it with gratitude and made sure to forward me a picture of this cute little surprise:

Jon's Sea Horse, Regally Sitting On His Desk

Jon’s Sea Horse, Regally Sitting On His Desk

While, of course, most people don’t like looking a gifted horse in the mouth, I don’t mind looking a gifted sea horse in the mouth.   Why did my good friend receive such an unusual, yet delightful gift?

Well, in order to do that, we have to look at the history of the Red Rose Tea brand.   Red Rose started in Canada in 1890, when founder Theodore Harding Estabrooks decided that the public deserved a cup of tea that was consistent cup-to-cup.   According to the Red Rose Web site, “Before that, tea was sold loose from tea chests by local merchants and quality varied a great deal.   Mr. Estabrooks’ innovation meant that tea lovers could count on the quality of tea in every Red Rose package — a tradition that continues to this day.”

Initially, his tea was sold in Canada but in the 1920s, his business expanded into the US and, in 1929, he made the monumental contribution to the tea world – tea bags.

Estabrooks sold his tea company in 1932 to Brooke Bond & Company of England.   Red Rose continued to grow at an astounding rate under the company’s guidance.   According to Red Rose, “In 1985, Unilever NV acquired Brooke Bond Foods, Inc. Shortly thereafter, Unilever sold the rights to the Red Rose brand in the United States to Redco Foods, Inc. retaining the rights in Canada and other parts of the world.”   In 1967, as part of a promotion, Red Rose started giving away Wade figurines, figurines that fit into the palm of your hand.   At first, they were only distributed in Quebec, Canada and were only meant to be a short-term promotion.

Little did Red Rose know that the promotion would be a huge success, eventually spreading across all of Canada.   In 1983, the figurines were offered in the United States as well.   Now, it is estimated that over 300 million figurines have been given out to date!

These figurines are given out in series and, at the end of each one, consumers can purchase the entire set via the Red Rose Web site.   Currently, they are in their nautical promotion series.

Per the Red Rose Web site, “Today, Red Rose is blended with the same care that Theodore Harding Estabrooks established more than a century ago. Red Rose contains high-grown black teas from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Kenya, India and Indonesia. The result is a blend that produces a full-flavored cup of tea for the tea lover. We think Mr. Estabrooks would be proud.”

Personally, I know I would love to open up my tea box full of fresh, delicious tea and find a tiny sea horse looking back up at me 🙂   Start a collection – buy tea!