Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) Tea, can sometimes be known as Redbush Or Red Tea, it comes from the Shrub Aspalathus Linearis, which is only found on the slopes of Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Although many attempts have been tried to cultivate it elsewhere they have all failed.
Rooibos is one of the healthy ones, plus it's naturally caffeine free so good alternative for many. Redbush Tea is all Organic and although there are little studies on the herb it is known that it carries very high antioxidants, more than that of green tea albeit slightly different types. It is also well known for its medicinal qualities, however as we are not doctors, we have decided that if you're going to drink this Rooibos Tea for health reasons it might as well taste as good as possible!
Rooibos is harvested and processed in a similar fashion to the Camillia sinensis tea plant.
When harvested, the bushy rooibos plant is cut by hand and its stems and leaves are bound, then cut or bruised to encourage oxidation. Oxidation, or exposure to oxygen, is what brings out the plant’s essential oils and helps the leaves develop their rich color and flavor. The more oxidized the rooibos, the redder in color and sweeter and richer in flavour it becomes.
This is the version we know as red rooibos, our Rooibos tea is treated this way, as are the Vanilla and Creme Brulee versions. A less oxidized rooibos is steamed and dried immediately instead of oxidized, so it remains slightly green in color and retains a grassy, mineral-like flavor. This less oxidized version is called green rooibos, this is the base of our Rooibos Citrus tea - it is a green rooibos base.
How to Brew Rooibos
Infuse one tea measure per pot or one heaped teaspoon per cup, use freshly boiled water 100ºC, brew 3-5 minutes. we always cover our tea while it’s infusing, this keeps all the heat in the cup whilst allowing the correct brewing time.
These Rooibos teas are great Iced - why not brew up an Iced tea Jug and pop it into the fridge?Good quality loose leaf rooibos can typically be infused a couple of times.