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Rooibos from Rooi Life

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2017

This was the best rooibos I've ever tried in a teabag and among the best rooibos I've ever tried.

I was excited when this new company, Rooi life, approached me with a sample offer. The company sells only a single product: pure rooibos, in tea bags, in a fairly big package too.

Quite aromatic, earthy and with fru...

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Rooibos from Ajiri Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 13th, 2013

Sampled at the Philly Coffee and Tea Festival.

Intensely aromatic: although most rooibos strikes me as more or less similar, this one actually stood out. The aroma is both powerful and complex, earthy, and with tones of vanilla. Medium-body, with a creamy texture.

Ajiri Tea seems to do a consistently excellent ...

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Rooibos from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2013

I thought this was an unusually high-quality rooibos for a simple, reasonably priced tea bag.

Rich earthy aroma, with some complexity; I detect the faint hint of vanilla and fruitiness that is the hallmark of good rooibos. This is on par with much of the loose-leaf rooibos that I've tried. Full-bodied, strong, and...

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Green Rooibos (Rooibos, Green Tea) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2012

Upon sampling the green rooibos from Mountain Rose Herbs, this became a new favorite for me, and my new preferred source of green rooibos.

Although the dry leaf is light green in color, I found that the flavor of this was more similar to red rooibos than other green rooibos samples. Brews a light orange color.

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Rooibos Tea from Frontier

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 24th, 2012

A strong, Assam-like rooibos, if that's possible. Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic.

Aroma is rather strong, earthy, and woody, and considerably more peppery and spicy than I am used to for rooibos, less fruity. Rather heavy and thick. Not exactly bitter, but seems to have more bite than a typical rooibos. This is...

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Rooibos (Formerly Red Mellow Bush) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 29th, 2012

This rooibos had an unusual complexity for a tea bag. However, it also had considerable astringency.. Aroma slightly fruity, earthy, and with straw-like tones.

Rich. Not the smoothest rooibos though. I'd take this over most brands of rooibos sold in tea bags, although at home I prefer loose-leaf rooibos.

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Rooibos Tea from Equo

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 23rd, 2011

A run-of-the-mill teabag rooibos. This is perhaps slightly above-average quality for a tea bag. Flavor is somewhat flat, aroma is not terribly complex. In my opinion, if you want superior-quality rooibos in a tea bag that is also fair-trade certified, go with Equal Exchange's pyramid bags.

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Rooibos from Wegmans

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 13th, 2011

Aroma somewhat earthy, very woody, only very slightly fruity. Flavor smooth, not even a trace of bitterness, and only minimally sour, but moderately astringent, leaving a bit of a dry aftertaste. I really notice wood more than anything else...tastes a lot like tree bark.

I've had better rooibos and I've had worse....

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Pure Rooibos Red Tea (African Rooibos) from Twinings

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 8th, 2010

The quality of this rooibos surprised me...it's surprisingly aromatic, and more fruity than most. Almost no astringency, and slightly sweet. Less of the unpleasant tones in the aroma that some rooibos has. So far, the best rooibos I've tried in teabags, other than Equal Exchange's wild rooibos in pyramid sachets.

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Rooibos Tea Original from Freshpak

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2010

One of my friends brought this back from South Africa; it's just a store brand, so it makes sense that it would fall a bit short of some of the specialty sources of Rooibos I've had here in the U.S. However, compared to bagged supermarket teas available in the U.S., it's pretty good.

The aroma is much earthier than...

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BA14: South African Rooibos (Red Bush) Super Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

At the risk of sounding absolutely ridiculous, I'm going to say that this rooibos smells and tastes more like rooibos than any other rooibos I've tried yet!

Woody, with a hint of fruitiness...but also a quality that is slightly reminiscent of paint or socks. Perhaps rooibos is an acquired taste that I'm still not 1...

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Green Rooibos (Green Bush) from Rishi Tea

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2009

I really like this! It's astonishingly different from the other green Rooibos I've tried, from Upton. This one has a bit of red leaf/stem mixed in and brews a bright orange color.

I recommend a very long steeping time; after 3 minutes the aroma hasn't fully developed. The aroma is fresh, light, and clean, with a ...

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Organic Wild Rooibos Pyramid Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 1st, 2009

Aroma darker and more earthy, less fruity, than other rooibos I've tried. Flavor smooth but with some zing to it, without being bitter or too sour. Some astringency, but not too much.

I like this much, much better than other "non-wild" red rooiboses that I've tried. Although I still prefer green rooibos, this is ...

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Rooibos from Adagio Teas

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 31st, 2009

The dry leaf is strongly aromatic but the brewed tea is only moderately so. Smooth, a bit grassier and much less fruity than most rooibos. Very thin, however. A bit dry tasting, a little bit sour, and leaves a funny aftertaste that builds as you drink the cup.

Of the teas I've tried from Adagio, this was my least...

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BA02: South African Green Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 13th, 2009

Green rooibos is one of my all-time favorite herbal teas. Upton's offering is very similar to other sources of this herb, but I find theirs has a slightly greener character, and is among the most reasonably priced, and for both of these reasons, it is my green rooibos of choice. I drink this particular offering from ...

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BA20: South African Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2009

I find it hard to describe the aroma of Roobos. This one is typical among Rooibos that I've tried...earthy, woody, a hint of olives and spice in the aroma. The flavor is smooth with some sourness. Rich and pleasant.

I found the brewing instructions to be right-on; you can even steep longer with good results. If ...

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