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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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63 / 100
Picture of Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea

It's hard to rate this product because it doesn't sit still, even though it has just three stated ingredients: rooibos, vanilla flavoring, and vanilla bean. The quality and flavor seemed to vary a lot over time, within a given cup. Overall, it's a decent representative of flavored rooibos, and at times presents itse...

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60 / 100

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves and tiny pieces of dried mango and sunflower blossom. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of rooibos leaves, with touches of sunflower and faint hints of mango. Bitterish flavour of rooibos, with notes of sunflower a...

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72 / 100

Rooibush Bær Te (Nr. 137) from Wohlenberg

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: ?????
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves, dried elderberries and tiny pieces of almond and cinnamon. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of almonds and elderberries, with notes of rooibos and touches of cinnamon. Sweetish flavour of elderberries and almond,...

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82 / 100
Picture of Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate

This is my favorite of Republic’s chocolate line. The red velvet taste is distinguishable. It is a very good tea. I would like something with a bit stronger of a chocolate taste. I find that the rooibos tends to come out more, but then again perhaps that is because I oversteep this one.

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80 / 100
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Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????
Apr. 19th, 2020

This is my go-to, basic red tea. It is very good but not excellent.

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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
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Organic African Nectar

Brand:Mighty Leaf Tea
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Sachet
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Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea

Brand:Republic of Tea
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
13
6 Ratings
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Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
44
6 Ratings

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Magic Summer Organic Tea

Brand:Organic Herbie
Style:Fruit Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
99
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Blueberry Bliss Rooibos Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Fruit Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
83
4 Ratings
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Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea

Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
72
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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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