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Good Earth Red Sweet & Spicy Rooibos Tea Review

A Superb and Highly Flavorful Rooibos Tea

Summary : This tea is simply superb. Basically a rooibos version of Good Earth's Original Sweet & Spicy, this rooibos tea has a strong cinnamon flavor with mint highlights. Altogether, this is one of the best flavored rooibos teas I've ever had.

Review : I was in the mood for something sweet tonight. And after my absolutely "perfect" tea tasting experience with Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy Original Tea, I decided to give the rooibos version a try...figuring that the tea hopefully tasted similar and would satisfy my runaway sweet tooth I seemed to have this entire weekend.

Here is how Good Earth describes this tea : "Rooibos is the main ingredient in our Red Tea™ Sweet & Spicy. Studies show that rooibos contains natural powerful antioxidants, some stronger antioxidants than found in black tea, along with trace elements. Red Tea also contains flavonoids and Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), antioxidants that help protect the body against free radicals, molecules which weaken the body's natural defense system against aging."

This tea contains the following ingredients : Rooibos, Rosehips, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Orange Peel, Anise Seed, Ginger Root, Artificial and Natural Flavors.

The fragrance of this tea was immensely gratifying, to say the least...mainly because it was nearly identical to the Original Tea fragrance. The aroma of this tea said cinnamon...and mint too. A perfect combination for a tea that is supposed to be sweet and spicy!

And as for the taste...well, let us just say the taste is superb. The tea is very, very sweet...just like the Original Version is. The flavor of cinnamon predominates, but you'll also get a nice flavor of peppermint too. Indeed, to be very honest...the flavor difference between this tea and the Original Version is slight at best. I suspect in a blind taste test, many people would not be able to tell the difference between the two!

So what is the difference between this tea and the Original Version? Mainly this one is caffeine free and contains a load of antioxidants. Rooibos tea has antioxidants like black tea, but unlike other pure teas Rooibos is caffeine free. As such, this red tea is the ideal tea to satisfy your sweet tooth, get your healthy antioxidants and avoid caffeine. All in all...a perfect combination.

The only other difference I could find between the two teas is the spicy level. I did find the original version was a bit spicier than the rooibos version. On the other hand, I found this tea to be just a "tad sweeter," although we are splitting hairs here.

Overall, if you have a sweet tooth, you MUST try this tea. You'll love it. Plus, as this is a rooibos tea, you'll get a nice dose of healty antioxidants and avoid caffeine too.

Recommendation : Absolutely. This tea is superb and tastes very similar to the Original Sweet and Spicy Tea. About the only difference is that this tea is slightly sweeter, somewhat less spicy and is caffeine free as it is a rooibos tea.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Red Sweet and Spicy
  • Manufacturer : Good Earth
  • Available from : Good Earth Teas at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Rooibos Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : March 18th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour boiling water over tea bag. Let brew 3-4 minutes. You can't overbrew this tea, by the way, so if you want a stronger tea, let it brew for a few additional minutes.

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