Rooibos Earl Grey Tea
We would recommend to brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Our delicious Earl Grey Rooibos is a perfect example of adventurous tea blending at its best. In fact, here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we strive to explore different tastes and flavours while infusing many to create wonderful new concoctions!
Combining the iconic flavours of Bergamot oil with traditional Rooibos leaves is a match made in heaven, as two incredible cultures collide. Caffeine free and low in tannins, this beverage aims to please with every sip!
Steadily growing in popularity over the course of the last few decades, Rooibos tea has been a key ingredient in a large number of new infusions currently on the market.
While Earl Grey Rooibos is a relatively new invention, the original consumption of the stand-alone Rooibos beverage dates back centuries, to a time long before European settlers colonised the African continent. Predominantly grown in the Cederberg Region of South Africa, the Rooibos scrub is often subjected to temperatures below zero during the winter, and upwards of 40C in the summer.
Despite this, the plant has grown in abundance across the mountainous terrain, with the native Khoisan tribes becoming the first people to consume its produce. Originally used for herbal remedies within these indigenous communities, Rooibos quickly became a popular brew of the Khoisan tribespeople. However, as British and Dutch colonists began to encroach on their territories during the 18th Century, the tradition of Rooibos consumption began to fade from history. In fact,
if it had not been for the rediscovery of the leaves by Swedish botanist, Carl Thunberg, in 1772, Rooibos might have been lost to the ages! Thankfully, the tea-like drink was revived and soon, exports were reaching outside of the continent and into the cups of many Europeans living in the Western Hemisphere.
During the Second World War, Rooibos tea was heavily relied upon as stocks of normal tea began to dwindle due to the Imperialist Japanese occupation of many tea-growing regions in Asia. Yet this came at a cost, as retailers began to have problems importing due to the high price of the scarce Rooibos seeds. By the 1960’s, however, the market had just begun to resettle when new discoveries saw this still relatively obscure plant rise to fame once more.
This was largely thanks to Mrs. Annique Theron, a South African mother who published a book on the incredible health benefits of Rooibos tea consumption. Since then, countless scientific studies have been able to prove many of her theories with demand in this beverage increasing by more than 50% in recent years alone!
Type of Tea: Flavoured Loose Leaf Rooibos.
Origin: The Cederberg Region, South Africa.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Either Honey or Lemon taste delicious with this blend, although it can also be simply enjoyed as it is.
Tasting Notes: While flavours of Bergamot oil are slightly subtler than in traditional Earl Grey Blends, the taste is still recognisable with its delightfully smooth texture and unmistakable aroma.
Colour in Cup: Ruby-Brown liquor, dark in tone.
Benefits of Drinking Rooibos Tea
South Africa is home to arguably two of the healthiest beverages on the planet, Rooibos Tea. While studies continue to be conducted on a yearly basis, Rooibos loose 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!
Health PointsCholesterol, Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening