I don’t know about you but I remember way back when you could get these cute little ceramic figurines in a box of tea. I remembered the box had blue on it. That’s it, until several weeks ago when we went to a Coffee and Tea Festival, my kids spun the wheel at one of the booths, and voila, they got these cute little vintage looking ceramic animals. Hello, Red Rose Tea. Talk about a wave of nostalgia! I also learned you can still get them in the Red Rose Original 100 ct. packages or turn in UPCs for them (Details HERE).
We were there “just for fun” that day but I ended up chatting with the company for a little while. This is a win for me AND you. I’ll tell you why in just a minute. Red Rose is so much more than that “box with blue on it”. Gone are the days of “regular or decaf?”. Red Rose Tea has branched out into the world of K-cups and flavored teas without giving up the timeless quality they have offered to our grandparents, parents, and now to us. I don’t know about you but I get so tired of companies that branch out and instead of delivering quality products all around start cutting quality to offer more styles/flavors/products. One of the first things I asked them was “What does ‘natural flavors’ mean in this case?” They assured me that they use natural oils (i.e. lemon oil) to flavor their teas. I was happy to hear this because ‘natural flavors’ tend to make me question a bit.
Here’s where it gets really good. Not only did Red Rose Tea send me SIX full sized boxes of tea to sample and review, they also will send one of my winners six boxes of tea. I will have more details and the giveaway link at the bottom of the page.
So what did I think of the tea? If you were following my tea updates on Facebook you got a little sneak peek into my thoughts. Here are the teas I received –
Red Rose Tea Review
Simply Indulgent Lemon Chiffon – it smells just like cake and though I was skeptical of what tea scented like cake would TASTE like it was amazing. Some lemon teas can be harsh or bitter. Lemon Chiffon is mild and sweet, yet no sugar added. This is definitely a favorite for me.
Simply Indulgent Creme Caramel – I wasn’t skeptical. I was sure I wouldn’t like it. Wouldn’t you know it’s my favorite! It tastes amazing. It’s like dessert without the calories. I seriously love this one.
Red Rose English Breakfast – “One lump or two?” I’ll take it black, thank you. English Breakfast is my choice when it comes to black tea. Again, I really love this black tea. There is nothing harsh or bitter about it like some black teas can be.
Red Rose Earl Grey – I know many Earl Grey aficionados. I’m pretty sure this is their cup of tea. It smells very aromatic with the bergamot. It is one of the best Earl Grey teas I have ever tried but since I’m not an Earl Grey kinda girl I’ll stick to the English Breakfast when it comes to black teas.
Red Rose Cinnamon Bun K-Cups – I had to visit my husband at work to use this and the next tea since I have a Keurig Vue, not Keurig. I could make this tea just for the scent. It smells like Cinnabon amazing-ness. This tea comes pre-sweetened with a blend of sugar and stevia. I am not an alternative sweetener fan so it isn’t for me but I am glad to see they use stevia versus some other artificial sweeteners. This box is going to work as a treat for my husband’s customers who will enjoy it.
Red Rose Spiced Chai K-Cups – my favorite tea of all times. Just check out the wording below my sidebar photo. Again, with a blend of sugar and stevia I was disappointed. The chai smells great and again, if I was a fan of alternative sweeteners I am sure it would have been much better for me. It wasn’t a strong or potent chai so if you love chai but not the sharp spiciness of it, then this chai could be the answer for you.
Red Rose items can be found in most local retailers in the Philadelphia area or online at www.redrosetea.com. Single serve cups can be found at Walmart.
**This post has been sponsored by Red Rose Tea. The story is my own.