Rooibee Red Tea

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drank Vanilla Chai by Rooibee Red Tea
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71

I am just now getting around to opening this bottle and drinking it, even though it’s been sitting in my fridge for a couple of months as it was part of my very first goodies box: http://hungryinportland.com/2012/10/02/my-goodies-box-is-finally-here/

It’s tasty enough, but it is quite sweet, and the sweetness seems to overpower much of the tartness you’d expect from the cranberry and pomegranate, in fact, it becomes so overpowering that it is hard to tell that this is actually a cranberry pomegranate flavored tisane. I taste mostly rooibos and the cane sugar sweetening, although the flavors of the cranberry and pomegranate do come out in the aftertaste.

Pleasant, refreshing, but sweeter than I like my beverages to be, so this probably is not something I’d buy for myself, but I was happy to have the opportunity to taste it.

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drank Watermelon Mint by Rooibee Red Tea
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drank Watermelon Mint by Rooibee Red Tea
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55

So after all the other flavors, this seems a bit boring now. Maybe boring isn’t the right word, it’s just neutral. I do like the lemon – it gives this a sharper mouthfeel than their sweetened/flavored ones, which seem annoyingly “soft” and “slippery” to me sometimes.

This one is perfect for people who like unsweetened iced tea with lemon.

Preparation
Iced

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68

sucked this down pretty quick with my black bean quesadilla. This is a very refreshing combo with mexican food!

Preparation
Iced
Cofftea

I’m thinkin the watermelon mint w/ fresh salsa and chips…

Janefan

that sounds good too! I’m saving my last bottle of watermelon mint for the right time.

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65

great afternoon pick-me-up with pretzels. Hydration + sugar – caffeine = just what I need today!

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66

Oddly, last time I said this was my favorite, and not too sweet…

Today I am saying; “this is not my fave of theirs, as it’s a bit too sweet for me, but anyone looking for a Southern Sweet tea alternative would probably like it.”

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drank Watermelon Mint by Rooibee Red Tea
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just as you finish tasting the sweet watermelon, the mint cuts in with it’s refreshing zing. This is the most unique, and refreshing of the Rooibee blends. I think it’s my favorite simply because it brings something unique to the mix, and it keeps your tastebuds engaged and the flavor combo stimulates your brain. At least my brain feels that way…

Preparation
Iced
Rooibee

You and I agree! This is my favorite flavor as well!

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68

I like this one – maybe my fave so far. I had a few swigs, then put the rest in tupperware int eh freezer for 30 min. Transferred to my VillaWare ice cream makers for 20 min. Result = Red Tea Peach Granita. Smooth, fluffy and refreshing. Or maybe it’s a sorbet. I’m not clear on the difference. I ran it on on low for first 15 min, then high for 5. It’s soft and airy like a shave ice.

Preparation
Iced
Cofftea

Whatever it’s called, sounds good!

Rooibee

Love this recipe! Great idea.

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65

smooth and sweet, the flavors all blend well together. tastes a bit sweeter than the others, but I guess that’s just the honey flavor (there’s no actual honey in the ingredients though, just organic cane sugar and natural flavor)

I also finally remembered to shake the bottle this time!

AmazonV

where are you finding these, they sound good

Janefan

http://www.rooibeeredtea.com/buy.html
based in KY, distro mostly in south and midwest. I’m in central NC – it is sold in the mtns and the coast (3 hrs either way) but not here, so I bought a mixed case on Foodzie.com because I wanted to try them so badly.

AmazonV

oo thanks! i’ll be traveling to the blac mountains in 2 weekends and will check stores then if i can

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66

This is my favorite so far- clean tasting, sweet, but not tooth-achingly so. This is a great alternative for anyone who is tired of “southern style” sweet tea, and/or wants a bottled tea that isn’t full of weird chemicals, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, etc.

Preparation
Iced
Janefan

I saw snapple red tea in a cafe the other day, and decided to look it up online. I thought it would be full of “good stuff” and comparable to these Rooibee products. NEWS FLASH – it’s not. The ingredients surprised/scared me. No, I’m not trying to shill for the company, I’m a paying customer. I’m not sure there’s much on the market that’s comparable though. Maybe Honest Tea?

Cofftea

Or just hot steeped rooibos chilled and put into a reusable bottle? Healthier, cheaper, and better for the earth:)

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64

Unlike their unsweet red tea, I think this one could actually use a bit more of the citric acid to make it zip – it’s very smooth (too smooth for cranberry) and somewhat lacking the depth of flavor I would expect from pomegranate. I can’t help but think that these would be so much better with real fruit juice (like Izze soda, another fave brand).

Again, this one’s not a “love it” or “hate it” – I just think it’s missing something, and could be better.

Preparation
Iced
Janefan

as Rooibee just pointed out, this one does have 100% DRV of vitamin C as it is a flavored tea. Funny that the plain one seemed more tart, to my palate! I do think it is the sugar in this that makes it feel and taste so smooth, compared to the unsweetened. For what it’s worth, I’ve now tried the 2 flavors out of the 6 that I expected to like the least. I am saving watermelon mint for last, and peach will probably be second to last :-)

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55

Ok, this is my first Rooibee Red Tea. I bought a mixed 12pk, mainly for the flavors, but I am starting with the plain unsweet one.

Pros:
*It’s very refreshing, goes down easy. I had to force myself to savor it instead of chug it.
*No calories, sugar, etc, and it’s organic
*The natural sweetness of rooibos, plus the citric acid, makes this just as enjoyable as actual “sweet tea” in my book!

Cons
*The citric acid is a bit strong – this tastes like lemon tea, and seems more acidic as it gets warm
*No iron or vitamin C (or any other nutrients). If I made my own iced plain rooibos w/ lemon, it would be healthier because it would at least have those 2 things…

Verdict: Undecided. I do like it, but expect to like the flavored ones better. I wouldn’t go buy a case of this on its own, but I would rather drink it than water or overly sweet black iced tea. I’m giving it a 55 for now, may go up when I try the second one (I did forget to shake this bottle first, so there was some settling which may have affected the flavor)

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec
Rooibee

Hey there! So glad you gave Rooibee Red Tea a try. Definitely do try some of our flavors. The Watermelon Mint is my personal favorite. In fact, I’m drinking one right now (no lie). All the flavored varieties do have 100% of the daily value of Vitamin C and while they do have sugar, it is organic cane sugar. Red tea is not only naturally caffeine-free, but it is higher in antioxidants than even green tea. We hope you’ll continue to drink Rooibee Red Tea and thank you for taking your first taste!

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