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tinafish

(1 review)
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Vanilla Rooibos from Bentley's Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 28th, 2017

I love this tea! wonderful fragrance, bags are convenient, and it is great for the price. must add sugar; unsweetened just isn't the same.

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Vernicke

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Rooibos (Formerly Red Mellow Bush) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 24th, 2017

This tea is okay, but not my favorite. The flavor is not impressive. Compared with other rooibos teas, this simply doesn't cut it. It doesn't go down as smoothly as other rooibos teas. I prepared mine with 6oz of water and steeped for 6 minutes. Compared to the Equal Exchange brand, I cannot recommend it. It's not bad,...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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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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Tiptuk

(9 reviews)
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Pure Rooibos Red Tea (African Rooibos) from Twinings

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 29th, 2016

Smoky and strong. An interesting tea that may be an acquired taste. I recommend giving it a try!

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b22johansen

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

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 22nd, 2015

I am a huge fan of Rooibos, but I was not blown away by this selection. It does have an excellent color to it. The brewed cup is a deep and full red. I also thoroughly enjoyed the aroma. It was not too strong, but rather subtle and smooth. It smelled faintly of toasted nuts, which at first I thought kind of odd, but la...

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Rooibos from The Tea Lab

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2015

The Tea Lab's rooibos is quite good. The dried leaves are wonderfully uniform in shape and color, and are a deep red. The aroma is not as strong as some, but still very sweet and earthy. The taste is exquisitely smooth without a bit of bitterness and focuses not as much on the vanilla undertones often found in rooibos ...

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Rooibos from Adagio Teas

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 30th, 2015

Plain rooibos is definitely my favorite herbal tea. Adagio's rooibos has an earthy and sweet aroma that leads to that naturally sweet taste that is characteristic of rooibos. The taste is filled with strong undertones of vanilla and honey. It is smooth, but not as smooth as some other rooibos tea and even has a hint of...

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Double Red Rooibos Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 3rd, 2015

This is a very decent cup of rooibos. The ground rooibos seems to really add a deep color and flavor to each cup, which is very nice.

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Brytta Sóþword

(293 reviews)
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Raw Green Rooibos (Raw Green Bush Tea) from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2015

Interesting tea--herbaceous in a way that reminds me of some tulsi teas, though this has no tulsi in it. I haven't had green rooibos before--this one being pretty good means I should probably try other varieties of it.

Grassy, but not in the same way as green teas, is how I'd describe this tea's aroma, flavor, and m...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Rooibos from Adagio Teas

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 3rd, 2015

The aroma of the little red leaves is sweet and woody, exactly the way I expect Rooibos to smell! I do not drink it unblended nearly enough, which is tragic because I love the stuff. There are also notes of caramel, a touch of honey, the tiniest hint of pepper and much to my surprise and ending hint of pie crust, which...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Rooibos (Formerly Red Mellow Bush) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014

I haven't tried many plain rooibos teas, but I very much enjoy this one. The flavor is balanced and pleasant--nice for when you want a soothing, straightforward herbal tea. It infuses quickly to a deep red-brown. As I drink it, I can also easily appreciate why I've often enjoyed this as a base for other flavorings. The...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Just Relaxing Red from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is very typical of a Rooibos, it is woody, sweet, a bit sharp, and a rich caramel sweetness. Rooibos has a very acquired aroma I feel, there are times I crave its woody sweetness, other times it gives me a headache.

Not surprisingly, it tastes yummy! The taste is woody and rich with strong note...

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Cory Schmidt

(1 review)
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Rooibos Natural from Lupicia

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 25th, 2014

It has a coppery red liquor, light aroma, and fairly light taste. The aroma is not unlike the company’s description, like hay or wild dry grasses. The aroma of the liquor is much weaker than the actual leaves, wet or dry, however. The taste is straight and crisp with little to no aftertaste. The flavor is much like h...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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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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Amanda

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

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 8th, 2013

The aroma of the little leaves is very clean and reminiscent of standing in a hay field. I also notice hints of strawberry which was nice. Once brewed the aroma becomes much sweeter and takes on floral notes.

The taste is good! Not as sweet as the oxidized version but still sweet, no floral tastes but the fruit make...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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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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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Organic Rooibos Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 17th, 2013

This tea is pretty good. I think most brands of vanilla rooibos taste similar. This one has a little stronger of a rooibos base than usual. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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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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Cyn Coleman

(1 review)
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Green Rooibos - Sweet African Red from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 20th, 2012

I thought I'd try something new when I saw this box of tea at my local health food store and remember seeing Rooibos on the list of teas on this site, so I bought a box.

I wasn't sure of how it smelled until I got home as the box was sealed as were the bags, but it has a nice sweet "grassy" scent.

The green rooib...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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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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