Loose leaf. Appearance: small, needle-like green and brown rooibos leaves. Liquor: light brown infusion. The only downside is that there is more than a little sedimentation using my standard tea strainer (the leaves are small). Using a cloth sachet makes a big difference. Smell: clean and sweet. Taste: complex, warm, clean, and a little spicy. I can’t describe the taste with any degree of justice because it really is just amazing. The lack of tannins means that you can leave the leaves in for a long time and the liquor remains smooth and delicious (I left some in before leaving to go workout and even after that it was delicious). And the lack of caffeine in rooibos means that this is perfect for after your caffeine cutoff time (mine is about 5:00 pm). This tisane has a nice second infusion. This also works really well cold. I will fill a cloth sachet with the rooibos, fill a pitcher with water, and then leave it in the fridge over night. This very seriously is my new favorite thing. I don’t like the sediment, but the taste is so amazing that I’m still giving this 8/10. I got it at Enjoyingtea.com. Republic of Tea has a number of green rooibos blends that also look really nice.
EnjoyingTea Organic Green Rooibos
Green Rooibos Tea is the unfermented Cape Rooibos Red Bush Tea. It is harvested in small batches and moved straight from the mountain slopes to the drying facilities, to stop the rapid, natural fermentation. Flavonoids and anti-oxidants are higher than fermented Cape Rooibos.
Green Rooibos has a light, smooth and aromatic taste. With low tannin and the absence of caffeine makes it an ideal drink, even at night. Green Rooibos is a super thirst quencher. Drink it hot or cold and it makes an excellent iced tea.