South African Wild Rooibos

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(17p per cup)

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The real South African Red Bush. Beyond organic, this Rooibos is harvested completely wild in its indigenous habitat in the Cederberg Mountains.

Naturally caffeine free.

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25 November 2021
Paul
Hong Kong Hong Kong

Exactly what I wanted

This tea is a real treasure. I purchased it after reading Henrietta's fascinating account in Eighty (tea magazine) of accompanying the growers on a harvest of the wild shrubs, an uncommon technique that preserves the rich flavor and habitat of the rooibos. I've been brewing it with the teapot lid off because the aroma is so powerful and pleasant it fills my whole kitchen with its fragrance. Will hopefully be drinking this nourishing tea for years to come!

EL
30 October 2021
Elena L.
France France

An invigorating and wonderully perfumed decaffeinated drink

It's my "indispensable". When I feel tired and a bit uneasy it's amazig how a good mug of this Rooibos makes me immediately feel better. It's true it's the best hangover cure, even if I have never hangovers because I drink very little. When it's too late to drink tea, that's the tea I drink. I love the smell. I always wanted to taste Rooibos since reading the novels of MacCall Smith and his wonderful Mma Ramotswe lady detective who always drinks rooibos. But, alas, 10 years ago, I didn't know where to buy "real" rooibos. And I couldn't understand how one could possible dring this insipid infusion. (The "imaginaire" is very important for me when it comes to food and beverages.) I am also glad to know where it comes from and that I can, with my little means, support the charity work started by the Rare Tea foundation by buying this tea.

MT
04 June 2021
Marianna T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great Rooibos tea!

Great Rooibos tea!

SF
01 June 2021
Shona F.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Shona

Lovely tea. Good strong, well-rounded flavour. Best to use a pot and a fine tea strainer. Excellent quality.

KB
01 June 2021
Kenneth B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lemon in the Wild

On its own excellent -with a quarter of a lemon's juice, a teaspoon of maple syrup and a dash of rock salt :-exquisite

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Tasting Notes

A richly delicious infusion with deep earthy notes, bright red berries and cedar. Can be beautifully enhanced by the addition of a twist of lemon zest.

If you enjoy sweetening your tea, Rooibos turns to caramel with a delicate drop of maple syrup.

Quantity

Use 2.5g of leaf per 150ml of water.

Temperature

For the optimum infusion use 100°C (212°F) water.

Time

Infuse for 1 - 3 minutes, tasting regularly.

Infusions

You can infuse this tea at least twice. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

17p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

Cederberg
Mountains

South Africa

RED BUSH

Rooibos

HORSEBACK

Bush Tea

LOCAL HERO

Dr Frikkie Strauss

An extract from "Infused: Adventures in Tea"...

Hangover Rescue Recipe

It's our wild rooibos, sweetened with a bit of maple syrup, brought alive by a squeeze of lemon juice or a spritz of lemon zest and balanced, like a salty caramel, with a single grain of sea salt. It's smooth, deep and mellow and, goddamn it, I think it really works. Rooibos has been used for thousands of years by local tribesman in Africa to treat dehydration. The maple and the salt provide the necessary electrolytes to make it isotonic.

Use 3g of rooibos tea per 150ml of boiling water and steep for three to five minutes. Strain and stir in: half to one teaspoon of maple syrup, according to preference; a squeeze of half a lemon; and a flake of sea salt. Add a twist of lemon zest on top.

When I'm particularly crushed by a hangover, crushed so small I feel like a little girl lost in an IKEA car park in a strange city as night falls, I use vanilla rooibos.

You don't have to buy a flavoured rooibos. Some synthetic vanilla flavourings come from by-products of the wood-pulping industry and the natural ones might come from the anal glands of beavers. (Okay, the beaver bum juice is a rare one you're unlikely to stumble across, but it is a ‘natural' flavouring.) It's safer to just use vanilla pods.

Fill a glass jar, (I use one with a wired, flip-top, rubber-sealed lid) full of rooibos. Take a vanilla pod and cut it open lengthways, as if opening the belly of a fish. Stick it in the jar so that it’s entirely submersed in the rooibos (cut the pot into pieces if you need to). Put the jar in a cupboard you use regularly and leave it for a couple of weeks, giving it a shake every time you see it. You can use a zip-lock bag instead, but I’ve found glass is better at holding the flavour over time. The good stuff has so much flavour, you want to keep it at its best. And the really good stuff is wild.

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