Today I thought I should discuss a tea I haven't talked about previously for the Tea of the Week. Rooibos tea is actually an herbal infusion, meaning it does not come from the tea plant (like oolong, black, green, and white teas), but is a different plant entirely.
However rooibos is one of the most popular herbal infusions (tisanes) being sold and drank today. (Think of rooibos as drinking Chamomile "tea" and Dandelion "tea.") It is grown in South Africa, and is often called "red tea," due to the color of the dry leaves and of the tea upon infusion.
Rooibos tea doesn't contain caffeine, and is a great alternative to decaf tea, which always contains trace amounts of caffeine. I like to enjoy tea all day long so in the evenings I reach for rooibos. Below are a few reasons I prefer rooibos over anything decaf:
1. Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, and it grows that way. In decaf tea, there are still trace amounts of caffeine.
2. One method tea is decaffeinated is by shooting acids through the leaves, yikes!
3. Rooibos tea is mega-rich in antioxidants.
4. Rooibos tea has a natural spicy and sweet flavor, needing no sweet additives.
Type: Rooibos tea blend
Listed Ingredients: Rooibos tea, peppermint, rose, lavender chamomile
Temperature: 200 degrees Farenheit (slightly below boiling)
Infusion: 5 minutes
I loved Serendipitea's "Secret Garden" rooibos blend. The flavors of the added flowers don't overpower the rooibos taste. The peppermint and lavender definitely come through in this tea, but the most dominant flavor to me was the rose. It was oh-so-smooth and delicious! I encourage you to try this blend if you've never had rooibos tea before, or shop Serendipitea's selection of tisanes teas here.