OK, I am resolved this week to get some Red Rose and try it out. How bad could it be?
Thanks for the info on the Ceylons (again).
The Red Rose is a strong black tea...more along the lines of an Assam with a hint of sweetness compared to a typical English Breakfast blend. It's a mix of Indonesian, Assam and Kenyan (I think). For grocery store stuff, it's the best I've ever had and has a distinct flavor you won't find in other blends...
EW and Salsero,
My mother drank Red Rose as an everyday tea, pot after pot of it. Brewed strong enough to trot a mouse across it. I didn't particularly like it, which is no surprise because I like tea to be delicate and RRose is anything but. I brewed a pot of it at Samhain, in her memory, and just enjoyed the aroma of it.
Happy Oolong Day to those who are celebrating it. I searched high and low on my tea shelf but found nary a leaf of Oolong.
Now, in my own cup this morning, Rishi's Kagoshima #24, a sample that Inspectoring sent me. For such a dark brewing green, it is surprisingly light in flavor. Just a touch of bitterness, very little astringency, and a hint of citrus.