Rooibos Tea: easy guide, top 10 best teas

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Last updated: August 31, 2019 at 10:43 am

What is rooibos tea?

Rooibos tea, also called Red Tea, is a herb, Aspalathus Linearis, with needle-like leaves grown in the Cederberg region of South Africa. Traditional rooibos is cut, moistened, rolled, and allowed to oxidize. Rooibos is also available in green, unoxidized variety. Rooibos lacks the caffeine and is rich in antioxidants. It has been consumed in South Africa for ages and now is getting popularity all over the world. Treat yourself with classic flavors like vanilla rooibos and rooibos Masala Chai tea or try it with honey and lemon or milk and sugar.

Health benefits of rooibos tea

Rooibos tea has been the center of attention lately, on account of being associated with a whole range of health benefits. These benefits mainly stem from the caffeine-free, antioxidant-rich composition of rooibos, but are yet to be supported by conclusive scientific evidence. Let’s look at some of them:

  • Multiple antioxidants present in rooibos can promote heart health and prevent chances of strokes and cell damage. But studies exploring these effects have as yet been inconclusive.
  • Cholesterol regulating properties of rooibos have shown promise and are currently being researched.
  • Cancer prevention has recently emerged as a possible benefit of the antioxidants in rooibos tea. However, no human studies to prove this have been conducted so far.
  • Rooibos is low in tannin and oxalic acid as compared to black tea or green tea. In alternative medicine, too much tannin is sometimes linked to poor nutrient absorption and too much oxalic acid with increased risk of kidney stones. Neither of these is an established fact, though.
  • Rooibos may also help manage diabetes, allergies, and insomnia; improve digestion and promote bone health. These benefits are yet to be scientifically proven.
  • The most established and undeniable health benefit of rooibos tea is its absence of caffeine. This makes it a great alternative to black or green tea, especially for habitual tea and coffee drinkers looking to cut down on excessive caffeine.

Tasting notes

Traditional rooibos produces a distinctive brownish-red infusion. Its aroma is earthy and slightly sweet. Rooibos is low in tannins and therefore has a mild taste with no bitterness at all. Its flavor is often described as “honey-like and light”, and “pronounced and rich, but not overpowering”. Rooibos makes for a cup that is “both full-bodied and delicate”, and “can also hold its own, without sugar/stevia”. Green rooibos has a grassier flavor to it.

Tea tips

Rooibos tea, with its soothing honeyed aroma, makes a great base for some delectable flavored infusions. It pairs perfectly with warming spices as well as with fruity and herbal accents. Best flavored blends are crafted with only natural, often organic, botanical ingredients and natural flavorings. Here are the most popular and well-loved rooibos flavored varieties:

  • Fruity rooibos flavors are mouthwatering and kid friendly. These types of rooibos blends are crafted with the use of summer berries, mango and apple pieces, often accented with marigold flowers, vanilla, citrus grind.
  • Brisk and uplifting citrusy rooibos combines lemon, tangerine, and orange peel with rose hips and lemongrass.
  • Rooibos Masala Chai is a classic much-loved flavor. Every tea brand has its own twist on it, but the key ingredients remain the same: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and fennel.
  • Chocolate rooibos is nicely sweet without any sugar. Delicious chocolate blends are made with cacao nibs, vanilla and almond inclusions. Accents of mint, rose petals and orange peel add more depth to the flavor. Enjoy this guilt-free indulgence. Great for kids and adults alike.
  • Mint rooibos blends are calming and soothing. A comforting mix of rooibos, licorice root, peppermint, and Tulsi makes a great cold weather tea. Good for sore throat relief and a good night’s sleep.
  • Green rooibos tea is an unfermented version of Rooibos. This is a slightly pricier variant since additional processing is required to prevent oxidation. It is lighter and grassier than traditional rooibos, and always welcomes fruity and herbal notes.
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The Tao of Tea, Cape Town Rooibos Tea, Loose Leaf is blended with red rose petals, Egyptian chamomile, dried orange peel, lemon verbena, and spearmint.
SOUTH AFRICAN RED ROOIBOS HERBAL- Created from a bush like plant originating in South Africa, this traditional superior grade red rooibos is a great naturally sweet herbal tea
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Organic Rooibos, Organic Honeybush, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Lemon Myrtle, Organic Rosehips, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Marigolds, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Apple Bits, Natural Flavors. Immerse yourself into the sweet ambrosia of this heavenly herbal infusion and allow yourself to escape into sheer euphoria. Steeps a delicate pinkish color with a clean finish..
Rooibos tea, orange peels, blue cornflowers and natural bergamot flavor. A classic blend with a twist, using organic South African Rooibos. Zesty fresh citrus aroma, slightly dry, with a rounded and balanced orange rind flavor. Pleasantly smooth texture from the Rooibos (not as dry and brisk as traditional Earl Grey made from black tea). Lingering citrus sweetness...
Rooibos tea, natural mango flavor, apple pieces, mango pieces and marigold flowers. A lush, fruity and mellow cup of caffeine free goodness. The tropical aroma pairs perfectly with the naturally sweet organic rooibos. Delicate deep fruity notes from the rooibos, against the creamy texture and floral nose of the mango. Juicy and soft, dry finish. A lovely tropical..
Rooibos, diced almonds, vanilla flavoring. Blender's Notes:Our blend of naturally caffeinefree South African red rooibos, vanilla, and almond bits is an herbal delight! Rooibos is full of antioxidants and healthy minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and fluoride. It has a wonderfully smooth flavor, and is a great cold buster as well a..
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