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Last Updated: Dec. 3, 2015 

About Flavored Rooibos

Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos from Teavana, © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Flavored rooibos is rooibos (South African "red tea"), which has been flavored or blended with herbs, spices, fruit, or other flavoring, much in the same way black, green, and white teas can be flavored or blended. Because rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, flavored rooibos is a caffeine-free herbal tea.

Blends of rooibos with other ingredients can be classified either here or in the more generic herbal tea category. On RateTea we classify blends as flavored rooibos if they contain "rooibos" in the name, or if rooibos is the primary ingredient. Other blends with rooibos as one ingredient among many, we put in the broader herbal tea category. Any blends of rooibos with tea or other caffeinated ingredients such as yerba mate, we include in the miscellaneous blend category.

Common flavorings or pairings

Rooibos has an aroma and flavor profile somewhat similar to black tea, and is often seen as a caffeine-free tea substitute. Because of this, many of the popular flavorings or blending ingredients used with black teas are also used with rooibos. Two of the most common and popular blends include rooibos Earl Grey, using oil from the bergamot orange, or rooibos chai (or more accurately, spiced rooibos), a spiced blend imitating masala chai.

However, rooibos is distinct from black tea: it is often described as mellower or smoother in flavor (less bitter, astringent, or tannic) and sometimes more fruity. Its flavor often combines well with berries such a strawberry or raspberry, or other fruits such as citrus, pear, or apple. Vanilla and coconut are also common and popular pairings.

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Picture of Organic Blood Orange Rooibos Herbal Tea Blend

With a name like this, I certainly didn't expect anything but orange flavor. However, this is the rare tea I've tried where the dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag scents all were *much* stronger on the main flavoring than the actual taste. That's not necessarily a bad thing in this case, as all three modes of inhalation yi...

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77 / 100
Picture of Rooibos Earl Grey (Nr. 814)

One-litre pot at home, made from leaves of rooibos sprinkled with bergamot oil and flavouring. Pours clear darkish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of rooibos leaves and bergamot oil. Bitterish and herbal flavour of rooibos leaves, with clear notes of bergamot oil. Smooth palate with an ...

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76 / 100
Picture of Cocoa Mint Chill (Formerly Peppermint Cocoa)

Prep: 3tsp, 16oz, 200F, 5min

Aroma: Peppermint bomb. Can’t really pick up anything but a ton of peppermint. For the season, that’s A-ok in my book. 8/10

Flavor: Still a ton of peppermint but the chocolate notes fill in nicely. I don’t usually find much flavor from Rooibos and this is no exception. 7/10

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65 / 100
Picture of Chocolate Rooibos & Vanilla

Cup at home, made from a sachet included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and containing a mixture of Rooibos leaves and vanilla pods and cocoa nibs - all organic and sprinkled with natural flavour. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of chocolate and rooibos...

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80 / 100
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Winter Magic ® (No. 1320) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend
Dec. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of fine leaves of Rooibos, bits of almonds, cardamom husks and seeds and cinnamon, all sprinkled with flavour. Pours clear light copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of almonds ...

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Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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African Sunset

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
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Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
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Organic African Nectar

Brand:Mighty Leaf Tea
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Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
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Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
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Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free

Brand:Good Earth Teas
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
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Magic Summer Organic Tea

Brand:Organic Herbie
Style:Fruit Rooibos
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Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Fruit Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
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4 Ratings
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Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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African Sunset

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
66
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Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free

Brand:Good Earth Teas
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
57
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