What is rooibos tea?
Caffeine-free, low in tannins and copper red in your cup: rooibos – also known as redbush – is a popular drink first brewed around 300 years ago. The tea was exported to Europe in the early 20th century. Ever since, it has been highly prized for its refreshing effect, as an infusion generally with added flavours or as a basis for blends and mixed drinks. The fermented redbush is mostly represented by its typical red colour. However, green rooibos is sometimes also available; it is not fermented and thus does not taste as sweet as its “big brother”.
How does rooibos tea work?
It contains no caffeine and no tannins: rooibos tea refreshes and has a pleasantly sweet taste. It is a particular favourite with many people of an evening. In the iced tea version, ideally combined with fresh fruits, it is almost as trendy as the latest cocktail.
Rooibos tea is not black tea
Redbush is not actually a tea, but rather a herb and the product is thus an infusion. Rooibos tea does not come from a tea plant and is thus better classified as a herbal tea/infusion.