Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Rooibos

The subject of this "teas-day" isn't actually a tea in the truest meaning of the word. Rooibos is made from the oxidised leaves of a South Africa legume and is often called red tea due to its distinctive red colouring.

rooibos© by Haalo

Unlike tea, Rooibos is caffeine free and almost impossible to overbrew. What came as a surprise is that you can also get Green Rooibos.

green rooibos© by Haalo

Green Rooibos like Green Tea is unoxidised which means it is lower in tannins. Once brewed you can see the difference even more clearly.

red and green rooibos© by Haalo

I found the green to have a more pronounced grassy flavour but seemed fresher due to the lower tannin level. They both have sweet notes but I would say the regular Rooibos edges ahead on sweetness - it also has a somewhat richer flavour.

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