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Red Rooibos Tea

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Red Rooibos Tea

Red Rooibos Tea

The Bottom Line

A distinctively red herbal tea from South Africa.


  • Naturally decaffeinated
  • Sweet
  • Very healthy


  • (none in particular)


  • Botanical name: Aspalathus linearis
  • Native to South Africa
  • Brewed much like regular tea
  • These blends are from Adagio Tea

Guide Review - Red Rooibos Tea

Well, they don't call it red rooibos for nothing. The tea is definitely a striking shade of burnt red. I had my first cup without any additional sweetening and enjoyed it as is. There is a unique flavour, often described as nutty. I don't know if I agree with that. Sweet yes, but not really nutty. It was a very nice cup of tea and I think I will add it to my regular collection of teas. Rooibos tea is steeped a little longer than typical black tea, usually around 10 minutes or even longer.

The particular rooibos that I tried was part of the rooibos sampler from Adagio, which included the following varieties:

Basic organic rooibos - this is the variety the main review is based on.
Rooibos berry - a fruity blend
Rooibos Earl Grey - with a citrus touch of bergamot
Rooibos mango - another fruit flavour mix
Rooibos tropica - added twist of pineapple and coconut
Rooibos vanilla - mellow vanilla goes well with the rooibos sweetness

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