Review: Republic of Tea Downton Abbey English Rose Tea

Downton Abbey Tea

Overall Rating

Taste: 3.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just shy of boiling)
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added

In honor of the Season 4 premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS last Sunday we have decided to review this limited edition tea! This English Rose tea is a blend of hibiscus,  rosehips, apples, stevia with natural raspberry, rose and vanilla flavors with rose petals. For me, the hibiscus, stevia and raspberry were the prominent flavors with hints of rose. For those you you who haven’t been yet been swept up the Downton Abbey Saga, let me just fill you in. The show is a British period drama set in Yorkshire county at the fictional estate of Downton Abbey written by Julian Fellows. Oh the drama!  It just sucks you right in.

This tea is good and I enjoyed drinking it, especially while re-watching season 3 of Downton Abbey. However, I thought it was a little too sweet.  I think it would work better if it didn’t have sweetener added, because for me it was too much.  It is easy enough to add some sweetness after steeping, if needed, but if a tea is too sweet to start out, there isn’t much that can be done to change that. Although, a little too sweet for me, this tea had a delicate quality (the rose?) that I really like and that’s what has kept me drinking it. As an herbal tea, it has no caffeine, so I can drink it every Sunday night as the newest Downton Abbey season rolls on.  BTW, I am also sipping it from my new, English Tea mug from Edgecome Pottery that I got for Christmas. That’s fun, right?  Yeah, it is!

Taste: 3.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: boil then cool for a minute
Steeped: left bag in the mug
Served: with a touch of honey

OMG, Downton is back! And this time with a specialty tea? Stop it. Too, much, awesome! Needless to say I was excited to learn about this tea.

Fruit tea isn’t typically my favorite but since I do like many teas from the republic of tea this seemed interesting. Abby gave me this sample and after reading the ingredients the taste makes much more sense. I was wondering how I overdid it on the honey! Now I understand that with the stevia it was sweet to begin with.

Ingredients: Nigerian hibiscus, rosehip peels, apples, stevia, natural raspberry, natural rose and vanilla flavors and rose petals

Overall this has nice flavors, especially if you like herbal teas. Minus points for stevia but I can’t help give bonus points for Downton!

Taste: 3.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

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One response to “Review: Republic of Tea Downton Abbey English Rose Tea

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