TEA BREAK & UPDATE: In honor of the Office’s series finale, thought I’d put the only tea moment from the show. The scene, taken from the episode “Gossip” has Manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) spreading false rumors of everyone in the office. Andy Bernard’s (Ed Helms) false rumor is that he’s gay and hi-jinks ensue as he makes a cuppa.
Sorry for not writing my latest tea review but there has been a heatwave occuring in my neck of the woods and because of it my tea ritual has been disturbed. I will try to write a review as soon as the heatwave is over.
Red Rose Tea has (or had) pretty memorable adverts. So as per usual, here’s a TOP 3 of my fave Red Rose Tea commercials. At #3 is this recent advert (from 2011) which is pretty basic with emphasis on family and special moments. I like it but It would be awesome to have another campaingn that puts special point on Canada.
Oh, Canada! The Land of Maple Syrup, Hockey, and Canadian bacon. But never did I think they made tea?
Apparently they do, and it seems they are the only game in town.
According to the their website, Red Rose tea began in 1890 in Canada where Theodore Harding Estabrooks, after business school decided to put on a business to “produce and pack a quality blended tea that was consistent from cup to cup” in a world that was loose leaf. Red Rose was strictly a Canadian thing until it decided to distribute to America in the 1920s.
Currently, Red Rose is distributed in the U.S., Canada, and Quebec.
The website is simply charming with product information, gift shop, history, and where to buy. What makes Red Rose so unique is that since 1967, they have sold ceramic miniatures (Wade miniatures) to collect. The collections range from sealife, animals, and nursery/calendar characters.
So does their tea live up to U.K. tea?
FIRST IMPRESSION: As I pour in the hot water, it smells good. Real good. As it brews, I notice it has a golden see-thru colored hue, slightly amber. I give it my taste test and it has a faint bittertaste, very faint. So far so good.
W/ Sugar Only: I can taste the sugar! YEY! (Is my tongue finally getting a palate?) It is more sugary than bitter. Again, the bitterness is extremely faint.
W/Milk Only: I cannot taste the milk, it tastes like warm water. Still, I like it.
OVERALL, I love it! It really holds up against the big T’s like PG, Twinings, and Yorkshire. I’m pleasantly surprised of Red Rose and hope to buy it again in the future.
As for tea time, I have been keeping up with my tea ritual.Went on a spending spree and got me some Tunnocks tea cakes and McVities biscuits to consume with my PG, Yorkshire or Red Rose. It’s been a pretty British week.
Red Rose tea is available at select supermarkets and at the Red Rose official website. Prices vary from $1.50 to $5.00 depending on the teabag count.
“I put my trousers on, have a cuppa tea..” -Blur “Parklife”
TEA BREAK: You can’t get more British than Blur (okay, that’s arguable) but in this undeniably British tune, “Parklife” cheers on the everyday ordinary stature of English life where tea is essential to English living. An icon of Britpop, Blur is a great introduction to the cool brittania movement and “Parklife” was even sung at the London Olympics closing ceremony.