Over the past semester, my students from South Africa have been sharing their love for tea with me. Their number one brew is this Red Rooibos from Five Roses. A simple tea, no pretension here - but the flavor is great and with a spot of milk. YUM!
Rooibos teas are typically a woody, nutty flavor. You have to really like the flavor, but it has grown on me. I definitely recommend the milk. This is a caffeine free tea that is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
Some say drinking 6 cups a day can help with allergies and improve health. Other common uses for a rooibos brew are for skin allergies. This plant is often used in organic soaps to help alleviate agitated skin and rashes.
I rate this red rooibos tea 3.5 out of 5.
Read more of my thoughts on rooibos tea.
I found this delicious tea on sale at the local grocery store. They don't usually have much of a selection but this one looked yummy!
The Cranberry Blood Orange Rooibos Tea by Bentley's Tea has a full nutty flavor which is typical for a rooibos tea, but a nice sweet tang from the blood orange and cranberry accents. This tea is full of flavor and there is absolutely no need to add sugar or any sweeteners.
Because this is a bagged tea, I steeped for a solid 5 minutes to get the most flavor but some may like it weaker. Rooibos tea is an acquired taste and can be compared to an earthy coconut or macadamia flavor.
Overall, this is a great tea. I was dismayed, however, to find out that Bentley's is no longer a large tea company and the reason it was discounted was because they are phasing their teas out. Bummer.
Thankfully, you can still buy this tea, though.
I rate this rooibos tea a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? If so, this Pineapple Rooibos by Sanctuary T might just be for you! When I first opened the can the sour aroma took me for a loop - it smelled mega sweet which is not my usual cup of tea. The pineapple also gives a very powerful acidic smell which might scare you away but - don't lose hope!
The earthy, nutty flavors of the rooibos balance the sweet pineapple in the tea and with flecks of coconut - this tea end up with a creamy and rich flavor much like a pina colada! It's pretty yummy. I am not usually a big fan of super sweet teas so I don't recommend adding any kind of sugar to this one because it's plenty sweet on it's own but I can definitely see this one over ice on a hot day in the backyard.
Also - helpful tip when steeping - these leaves are very fine so you can expect a few to slip through a traditional tea steeper - so you might try to use a tea maker for this particular tea if you don't want floaties!
You can't buy this one online - so you'll have to stop by the Sanctuary T store in New York, New York.
I rate this rooibos tea a 3.5 out of 5 stars!
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I picked this delicious tea up from a cute little health foods store in Mountain Home, Arkansas. I had never heard of this flavor and it sounded delicious - the box description reads, "Jammy notes of strawberry& black cherry color green rooibos & green tea." My first brew I decided to make an iced tea with it since I was working out in the garden.
The tea itself is rich and fruity with great earthy undertones from the hibiscus and chamomile. The rooibos tea adds depth to the flavor which make the Organic Bramblewine tea from Tazo a new favorite tea.
Ingredients include organic hibiscus, organic green rooibos, organic apple, organic chamomile, organic lemon verbena, organic green tea, organic licorice root, and organic orange peel.
I rate this Organic Bramblewine tea by Tazo a 5 out of 5 stars.
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