Rooibos Tea Bags
Brewed with water at 90 Degrees, let the flower unfurl do not remove flower. This is can be steeped a number of times.
Rooibos Tea Bags provides you with all the incredible flavours and notes associated with this divine beverage, whilst delivering on a more convenient cup of tea.
Native to the Western Cape Province of South Africa, the Rooibos tea plant (scientifically known as Aspalathus linearis) has grown in abundance across the mountain ranges of the Cederberg Region for thousands of years.
It is often subjected to harsh conditions, including temperatures from below zero in winter, to above 40C in summer! Despite this, the Rooibos plant has adapted well to its environment, which ultimately aids in its distinct flavour when consumed. A common misconception made with Rooibos is that it comes from a variant of the Camellia Sinensis plant (or, ‘tea plant’.) However, this ‘tea’ is not, in fact, a ‘tea’ at all! Rooibos is a herb, meaning it is actually a herbal tea.
Also referred to as ‘Redbush’, ‘bush tea’, or ‘red tea’, Rooibos Tea Bags shares a long and expansive history with the region from where it is grown. Its discovery is largely credited to the native Khoisan Tribes, one of the many indigenous populations found in South Africa. Long before European Colonists set foot on the continent, these tribespeople would consume it as a herbal remedy to a number of ailments found within their communities.
Over the course of time, this consumption developed into a more recreational use, as the Khoisans began to simply drink Rooibos for its delicious taste! However, change was on the horizon, and soon, British and Dutch ships were stationed in the waters just off the coast of the Cape. These new European settlers were keen to make a new life in South Africa, and slowly but surely, Khoisan territories were taken by any means necessary. As Khoisan numbers began to dwindle, so too did their culture. By the mid-18th Century, Rooibos Tea had been all but forgotten. For a brief time, it seemed like its story had come to an end.
Thankfully, in 1772, a Swedish botanist by the name of Carl Thunberg, rediscovered the Rooibos leaves. He would go on to revive a more widespread interest in the tea, spanning throughout the South African colonies and beyond.
For over 130 years, ‘Redbush’ tea maintained its moderate success until the dawn of the 20th Century, when a Russian immigrant with ties to tea manufacturing saw its true potential. By 1904, Benjamin Ginsberg had greatly boosted the Rooibos Tea market by rebranding the beverage as ‘an herbal alternative to black or green tea’ – or, more specifically, a ‘mountain tea’. This saw Rooibos finally breaking through into the European markets, as consumers flocked to try this ‘new’ and delightful brew.
However, its true test was yet to come, and with the outbreak of the Second World War, tea markets across the world would change drastically within a very short space of time. This was largely due to the Japanese occupation of China; Europe’s greatest source of tea trade. While importing Green and Black teas became increasingly difficult, much of the Western Hemisphere turned to South Africa to fill this new void created by conflict.
During this period, the price of Rooibos Tea rose to record highs as retailers flooded the market with demand. With its availability depleting at a rapid rate, the Rooibos plant quickly became scarce across the Cederberg Region for the duration of the war. Arguably, the end of the Second World War was a welcome relief for this herbal loose tea as the markets rebalanced; thus enabling the plant to recover from the frantic ordeal of over-consumption.
Despite a slight dip in the market after the war, Redbush tea would maintain its modest appeal for the next 20 years. However, its story was far from over and during the 1960’s, a South African mother would play a vital role in changing the trajectory of this wonder-brew forever. This new movement would be kick-started in April 1967, when Dr. Annique Theron was tending to her 14-month-old baby who was suffering from severe allergies. Her daughter, Lorinda, had been unable to sleep for some time and in a moment of genius, Dr. Theron came up with a potential solution to help her child rest. Incorporating Rooibos tea with her milk, Annique fed her sleep-deprived child this new concoction. It offered amazing results, and Lorinda was able to sleep for 3 hours straight – something she had never achieved in the past. Inspired, Dr. Theron decided to publish a book, aptly titled Allergies: An Amazing Discovery, the following year; which not only referred to her own experiences with Rooibos tea, but likewise uncovered its true potential as a beverage consumed for a number of different health benefits. Scientific Studies were quick to support her claims, and in time, her findings would help to define Rooibos tea as one of the healthiest brews currently available on the market.
Now in 2017 and in her 80’s, Dr. Theron still remains involved in the future of Rooibos tea. In fact, in a 2009 interview, she said: “It was a long but delightful journey, and I’m so happy that I could’ve been the instrument to have achieved that.” Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we thank Dr. Theron for everything she has done, and continues to do, for this wonderfully nutritious and flavoursome ‘herbal tisane’.
Currently the worldwide demand for Rooibos is extremely high. Production of Rooibos is struggling to keep pace with demand especially as the South Africa is experiencing the effects of global warming with higher temperatures during the summer months and less rainfall during the winter leading to a more than doubling of wholesale market prices in recent times.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea Bags.
Origin: The Cederberg Region, South Africa.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Rooibos tea is, without a doubt, a truly delicious and refreshing blend consumed as it is. If you prefer to add extra flavour, however, consider using lemon or honey for distinctly bolder tastes in your cup. Ideal base for making Iced Tea !
Tasting Notes: Redbush tea is widely recognised for its rich earthy flavours with slight woody and nutty undertones.
Colour in Cup: Ruby liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea: Since Dr. Theron’s acclaimed publication almost 50 years ago, advancements in Modern Science have elevated Rooibos Tea’s name to become one of the most beneficial beverages currently on the market.
While studies continue to be conducted on a yearly basis, Rooibos tea consumption has been associated with aiding headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies and even premature aging! Further to this, Rooibos is rich in many minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha hydroxy acid. It likewise contains high levels of antioxidants, like Nothofagin and Aspalathin, which help the body combat free radicals, as well as improving cardiovascular health and even reducing the risk of Diabetes! If that wasn’t enough – Rooibos tea is Caffeine free and low in Tannins!
Health PointsCholesterol, Detox, Digestive, Heart, Hydration, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening