Country of Origin: South Africa.
Grade: Choice Grade #1.
Altitude: 1500-2500 feet above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Fermentation turns the leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note.
Cup Characteristics: Fruity with sweet notes. Vanilla flavoring gives the Rooibos a wonderful jazzy depth.
Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used)
The most popular type of rooibos tea is the one it gets its name from-“red bush” tea, named for the color of the Aspalathus Linearis leaves after they have undergone oxidation and fermentation treatments.
This tea has a rich red color when brewed, and has a delightful sweet and nutty flavor. Because it lacks the tannins of teas taken from the Camellia Sinensis plant (black tea, green tea, white tea and oolong tea), rooibos has less of an astringent flavor and is very pleasing to almost all tea enthusiasts. Rooibos tea tastes best on its own, but many people also enjoy it with a bit of honey or sugar and milk. It’s also wonderful as an iced tea or mixed in with fruit juices.