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What is Rooibos Tea?

During your explorations in the world of tea, you may have come across Rooibos and perhaps aren’t entirely sure what this unique, caffeine-free and flavoursome tea is, nor where it comes from.

It is perhaps not surprising if you have not come across Rooibos until recently – Rooibos is sourced from the Aspalathus linearis, a plant that is indigenous to South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains, located north of Cape Town.

Known for its distinct and earthy taste, sweet, fruity notes and unique aroma,
Rooibos offers characteristic warm, woody, slightly herbal flavours when prepared as a hot drink, with a full-bodied finish and a low tannin level.

Our Recommended Rooibos Teas

Rooibos Tea – From £10.99
Revealing rounded sweet and fruity flavours, refreshing herbal notes, and a mild and smooth finish, our classic Rooibos Tea can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Rooibos offers naturally sweet, fruity, earthy flavours, slightly herbal notes and a full-bodied finish. The low tannin level in Rooibos means that it is not bitter, even when steeped for several minutes, resulting in a smooth, well-rounded and mild drink.

Rooibos Earl Grey Tea – From £11.99
Made using South African rooibos flavoured with bergamot, Rooibos Earl Grey brings a delightful twist to classic Earl Grey flavours.

The essential oil that gives Earl Grey tea its unique flavour is obtained from the bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia), a citrus fruit that is yellow or green in colour, and has a fresh, citrusy scent with sweet, floral and spicy notes, and tastes slightly acidic, but the flavour complements a Rooibos tea perfectly.

Rooibos Vanilla Tea – From £11.99
Revealing aromas of dark sugar and notes of vanilla, subtle fruitiness, a melting texture and warm, comforting flavours, Rooibos Vanilla is a delicious spin on the classic Rooibos flavours.

Rooibos Chilli Tea – From £11.99
This full and fruity tea is made from a lovely blend of Rooibos tea, rosebuds, safflower, chillies, carrot flakes and peony petals, and offers up surprising and punchy notes of chilli, warm and rich flavours, and exciting aromas that are guaranteed to perk you up first thing in the day.

Rooibos Green Tea – From £11.99
Made from the same South African plant as traditional red rooibos, Green Rooibos contains leaves that are processed slightly differently: specially treated to prevent oxidation, Green Rooibos leaves create a tea that is lighter in body and less citric than red rooibos. Naturally caffeine-free, Green Rooibos offers up woody, grassy notes, a natural sweetness and delicious fruity flavours.