Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos

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Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Country of Origin: South Africa
Region: Cedarberg
Shipping Port: Cape Town
Grade: Grade #1
Altitude: 1500-2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Fermentation turns the leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note.
Cup Characteristics: Fruity with sweet notes, vanilla flavoring gives this Rooibos a wonderful exotic vanilla n’ jazz taste.
Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used)
Ingredients: Rooibos, Calendula petals , Almond flakes, Natural flavors


The story of Rooibos starts around the turn of the century in South Africa’s beautiful Cedarberg region. It was the locals of the area who first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of the wild “Aspalathus Linearis” plant made a tasty aromatic tea. It was they who first harvested the plants, chopped them with axes and bruised them with hammers leaving them to ferment before drying in the sun. Rooibos is a herb that contains no caffeine. Those that consume Rooibos have claimed that it has a soothing effect on headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns and digestive problems.

Rooibos seeds are planted during February and March. They are tended for 18 months after which they are harvested. Cut Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length then bruised between rollers to trigger the fermentation process, which results in the characteristic flavor and sweet aroma. We then add a full and rich Earl Grey flavoring which gives this Earl Grey Rooibos a classic English taste.

200 ml (about 7 ounces) of brewed Rooibos contains the following nutrients:

Function in the Body per 200 ml
Iron (Fe) Essential for transport of oxygen in the blood 0.07 mg
Potassium (K) Assists certain metabolic functions 7.12 mg
Calcium (Ca) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 1.09 mg
Copper (Cu) Assists certain metabolic processes 0.07 mg
Zinc (Zn) Necessary for normal growth and development of healthy skin 0.04 mg
Magnesium (Mg) Assists a healthy nervous system and other metabolic processes 1.57 mg
Fluoride (F) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 0.22 mg
Manganese (Mn) Assists metabolic processes and bone growth and development 0.04 mg
Sodium (Na) Necessary for fluid and acid-base balance 6.16 mg

Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of Rooibos for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup, add milk and sugar to taste.

Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of Rooibos into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the Rooibos. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the Rooibos into the serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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6770 tasting notes

You can see the almond and smell the vanilla and almond. It’s a reddish brown in color and lightly flavored and scented all around. It’s actually quite good. Not one thing is too overpowering.


Sounds like a great tea for New Year’s Eve. With a name like that, I think I’ll add it to my Mardi Gras menu!

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I had enough for one more cup of this. Woot! First tea I’ve finished! lol. I liked this about as much as I liked this the first time. It’s good don’t get me wrong. I do like the vanilla flavor here. Just not enough to buy considering I have another vanilla rooibos that I have quite a bit of.

Flavors: Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1470 tasting notes

So after trying The Tea Table’s version of this tea, I had to try this version that we found in a little shop in Kensington Market to see if it was as good! It’s nearly there, though it doesn’t have quite the body as the other. Still, it’s a very close second, close enough that I won’t have to try and find a way to get the other tea shipped to me, I can just stock up on this one! Very yummy, I love the vanilla and the earthiness of the rooibos and mmmmmm.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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