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Numi Red Mellow Bush Rooibos Tea Review

A Decent Organic Rooibos Tea

Summary : This tea is nothing fancy. Just straight rooibos. I personally found the taste decent, but certainly nothing out of the ordinary. Individuals who enjoy straight rooibos should like this tea to some extent, but probably won't find anything to get too terribly excited over. People who enjoy vanilla teas will probably like this tea too...to some degree.

Review : Rooibos tea is becoming increasingly popular. This is due to several reasons, not the least of which is that unlike green tea or black tea, rooibos tea has no caffeine. So it is similar to herbal teas in that regard. Yet, unlike most herbal teas, rooibos teas do have some antioxidants in them, although not as much as found in traditional green or black teas.

Due to these two health benefits in rooibos teas (no caffeine and the presence of antioxidants), there is an increasing variety of rooibos teas available. Many rooibos teas come in various "flavors," some of which are incredibly tasty.

But of course, like all teas, you can also drink rooibos tea "straight up," with nothing added or infused into the tea. And this is what I found myself drinking on a February afternoon, a straight rooibos tea from Numi Teas called Red Mellow Bush Rooibos.

Here is how Numi describes this tea on their website : "Grown in the high desert regions of the Cederberg Mountains, the shoots of Rooibos have been hand gathered by South Africans for generations. It is prepared like a traditional tea, undergoing meticulous drying (oxidation) and cutting. Organic Red Mellow Bush has an earthy vanilla taste and pleasing orange color with hints of autumn straw. With an anti-oxidant level comparable to green tea, Rooibos has no caffeine, is rich in minerals, very low in tannin, and is relaxing to the nerves. No wonder they call it the miracle tea. Discover the wonders of Rooibos!"

This organic tea contains exactly one ingredient : Organic South African Rooibos.

The aroma of this tea is pretty boring, truthfully. But then again, other straight rooibos teas have a boring aroma too, so I can't knock Numi for this.

Instead, I'll knock Numi for the somewhat boring flavor of this tea. Compared to some other straight rooibos teas I've tried, particularly those in loose-leaf form, I found the flavor of this tea to be awfully "bland," for lack of a better way to describe it. The flavor wasn't bad...just rather boring.

Now, the tea does have a fairly strong vanilla flavor to it. So if you like other vanilla teas out there...something I've discovered I really don't, then I think the odds are high you'll enjoy this tea more than I did.

Overall, this isn't a bad tea, but it is nothing special either. I would definitely suggest to someone who has never tried a rooibos tea before...find another one to try. There are far better ones out there.

Recommendation : Maybe. This is far from the greatest rooibos tea around, but it isn't bad either. If you enjoy other "straight" rooibos teas, particularly ones that have a hint of vanilla flavor in it, you may like this tea to some degree. But I definitely would not recommend this tea to someone who has never tried a rooibos tea before...there are far better ones.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Red Mellow Bush Rooibos
  • Manufacturer : Numi Teas
  • Available from : Numi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Rooibos Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : February 2nd, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour boiling water over tea bag. Let brew 4-6 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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