African Autumn

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Fruit Rooibos Blend
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Cranberry, Orange, Rooibos, Sour, Cinnamon, Fruity
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This sort of tastes and smells like the liquid orange jello I’m drinking along side it (maybe that bit shouldn’t have been shared with the world). Although, this is noticeably more rooibos-ish than...” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea has not gotten very good ratings on Steepster so far and after trying this sample I can see why. The aroma of it reminds me of orange kool-aid or tang. Actually it was not as tart as I was...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve actually had this tea before – many, many years ago before I even knew what red tea was. I’m not really sure what I thought of it then, but I don’t think it was all that positive. Based on...” Read full tasting note
  • “One last test of this tea before disposing. I hate to trash tea, but really, this one is not for me as a hot tea. However, as an iced tea, it is not too bad. I definitely get an orangey taste as...” Read full tasting note

From Harney & Sons

A brew of African Autumn pours a brilliant royal orange liquid. The much-admired autumn hue comes from the rooibos, an herbal plant grown in South Africa also known as red bush. Upon fermentation, the leaves dry under the hot African sun changing color from vivid green to deep red. The mellow rooibos tempered by cranberry and orange peel has a wildly sweet and smooth aroma and a cool, minty flavor, at once refreshing and soothing. African Autumn is a great herbal and caffeine-free substitute to tea.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

51 Tasting Notes

5 tasting notes

To be honest, I don’t understand the bad reviews but as well I’m just starting out and new to tea. I did taste a fresh fruit flavor but nothing that was orange, I did add a packet of sweetener to the cup.

I did taste cinnamon and other flavors that a Roobios has, and I was generally satisfied with the tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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21 tasting notes

I’m surprised that this tea has low ratings as it’s a favorite of mine. I hope that doesn’t imply anything negative about my palate, but to each his own, right?

One of my favorite coffee shops makes this as a tea latte so on my last H&S order, I bought a tagalong tin to experiment. It wasn’t very hard to emulate – in fact, I discovered one could just add milk without going down the latte route and it tastes roughly the same. It’s not exactly the same because the coffee shop puts flavored syrup in its tea latte but now that I’ve made it at home a few times, I like it more without the flavoring.

I like this one as both a hot tea latte and as an iced tea latte. I’ve never had the tea on its own, so that might be one thing that differentiates me from the other reviewers. With the “latte”, I can taste the cranberry orange-ness but the milk adds a bit of creaminess, which is quite nice. I like to drink it as a dessert tea for times when I’m trying to limit my caffeine and/or sugar intake but am still in the mood for something that tastes indulgent.

Sadly, I only have one more bag left of this. But on my next H&S order, I’ll definitely be restocking and buying a bigger size of this tea.

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253 tasting notes

This tea smells TERRIBLE, but it doesn’t taste half bad. It has a slight aftertaste and is pretty tart, but I’m sure it’ll be better iced.

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366 tasting notes

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

An OK rooibos blend. Its flavor is too tart – the hibiscus overshadows the cranberry and orange. I can taste the rooibos in the background. This would probably be better off cold-brewed.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55 tasting notes

I was at a B&N today and went to order a hot tea in their Starbucks. I wasn’t really looking forward to it because I’m not a huge Tazo tea fan and that’s all I thought they had since that’s all Starbucks usually has. I was tickled pink when I got to the register to order and was told that they serve all the Harney & Sons that they sell in the nearby racks. I swiftly ran over to view my new selection and picked the first one that I hadn’t tried yet based on name alone. African Autumn it was! I didn’t read the description because I really didn’t want to hold up the line and I knew that I wouldn’t HATE any of the choices. I really thought this one was going to be like a more subtle version of Safari Breakfast since I didn’t read the description or else I would have seen the word rooibos and probably have picked my holy grail by Harney & Sons: Supreme Earl Grey! My tasting notes come purely from going into this tea with no previous knowledge. Rooibos was the strongest note, but I could definitely taste fruit sweetening it. When I sat the bag in the white Starbucks cap, I could see berry-red in the little puddle under the tea bag. It wasn’t just the red from rooibos, but a thicker juice substance that could only come from berry pieces that had to be in the mix. It was a very good rooibos, but next time, I’ll be getting my crack that is Supreme Earl Grey.

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4 tasting notes

This tea is mixed for me. A local coffee shop serves it up as a latte with sweetener, and in that preparation it tastes pleasantly like strawberry milk. Given that success, I purchased a tin to try at home.

Without cream, and even without sugar, this tea is too fruity and acidic for me. I am not a big fan of solely fruit teas (such as tisanes, etc) so the roobios in this does not provide enough of a tea-flavor base for me to enjoy it on its own.

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24 tasting notes

This tea is not for me. There have been other roobios that I loved (Paromi’s Cinnamon Chai), but there was something about this that simply did not taste good to me. Fortunatley my daughter liked it pretty well so at least the other 4 sachets will get used more than likely. It is disappointing not to like it as I needed another decaf choice for night-time.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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31 tasting notes

OMG, this tea is amazing. Strong spicy aroma with incredible orange notes and gorgeous dark amber color…this tea works equally well as a stand-alone tea or as a tea latte. This has earned a spot in my fave beverages to drink. If you have a Biggby near you, save your $5 and buy this tea for about $5.99 for 20 silken sachets and make your own lattes at home.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

I like this tea. Another tea where I can leave the bag in my cup and it is delicious to the last drop.

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4 tasting notes

I received this tea as a birthday present and I am enjoying it quite a bit. After it steeps it has a very pleasant aroma; floral and fruity, very soft but extraordinarily tantalizing. It tastes of cranberries oranges, and some sort of flower. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but it’s pleasant.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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