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.
Interested in learning more about Rooibos tea? Try these teas.
I have been wanting to try this sample out for awhile, I got this Oolong Goddess by Adagio from a friend at Christmas and just finally got around to trying it.
Smooth and light, this oolong tea is delicious. A perfect afternoon cuppa.
According to the Adagio:
Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy presented this rare tea in reward to a devout farmer who for many years diligently maintained her old, dilapidated temple. "The key for your future," she said, "is just outside this temple." Outside the temple, the farmer found a withered and forlorn straggly bush.
In addition to a great back story, there are so many great health benefits from this tea.
Oolong tea is great for your metabolism which supports weight loss and is also great for people who suffer from eczema. In a 2001 study, those who suffered from eczema who drank 3 cups of oolong tea per day reported relief from their symptoms and noticeable changes in their skin's health.
I rate this oolong tea a 4 out 5 stars.
Interested in trying other oolongs? Check these out!
Bigelow's Lemon Lift tea is one of my favorite teas that I can always find at the grocery store. Great lemon flavor which can be amplified with a slice of lemon at the bottom of your cup! You can brew this and let it cool or sip it steaming hot.
This lemon tea is also one of my favorite teas when I am feeling under the weather. The citrus aroma clears my head and with a touch of honey it soothes a sore throat. I enjoy this team steaming hot at best, but it does taste delicious even when it goes cold so my guess is it would be a good sweet tea, too.
Recently, I have been mixing this tea with Tazo's Zen tea and that has been really delicious, too. Lightly sweetened with a half spoon of honey. Perfect for this flu bug that is going around!
I rate this lemon tea a 5 out of 5 stars.
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