This Fair Trade Certified organic loose leaf herbal tea combines rooibos leaves (pronounced ROY-bus) with the essence of fresh blackberries. The sweet and fruity blackberry flavor is a terrific match for the slightly sweet, apricot-like organic rooibos creating a beautifully balanced cup. Rooibos is an herb native to the beautiful Cedarberg region of South Africa, and is considered the most popular organic African tea.
Ingredients: organic South African rooibos, organic raspberry leaves, and natural blackberry flavor
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Of our fruity rooibos blends, this is definitely my favorite!
Jeremy Says: The blackberry and natural rooibos flavors accentuate one another very nicely in this blend.
Sarah Says: This is my daughter’s favorite Tea Party tea! Thank goodness Mr. Teddy Bear doesn’t take more than his fair share!
Posted by Unknown on 1st Dec 2014
This is a nice mild tea...I wish there was more flavouring here. Not the best one too order if you like a strong flavourful rooibos
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 10th Apr 2014
It's very interesting to read others reviews. It's either too overpowering or not enough blackberry taste... hum... personally we don't like any strong flavoring teas, if we do not notice the flavor.... that means the flavoring is on the lighter side. I guess I got a batch of not enough flavoring like the other reviewer. We barely taste blackberry honestly... a little disappointed. Still, it's better than too overpowering.
We like rooibos tea, so overall it's good tea if you do not read the label. The quality 5 leaf rating for sure. The one missing leaves are caused by the missing flavoring. Still, no harm done, we still love Arbor teas!
P.S. We made it a couple of times just to see if the flavoring was blended unevenly. We realized all cups turned out the same way. Still good tea bottom line!
Posted by Alise on 10th Dec 2012
I loved this tea at first. I felt it had an overall strong berry flavor. However, I felt there was something a bit artificial tasting to it. I loved it, then I didn't as much. I think this would be pretty tasty iced with a bit of sweetener but as just a hot tea, it wasn't my cup of tea.
Posted by Unknown on 11th Mar 2012
Nice tea, not much blackberry flavor...
Posted by Judy Neary on 29th Jul 2009
I mix this with some raspberry cream black tea and make a big pitcher of iced tea. It's wonderfully refreshing.
Posted by Judy on 25th Oct 2008
I received this in my roobios sampler. The flavor is amazing. No sweetener needed.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 5-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Rooibos, unlike tea from the plant camellia sinensis, does not get astringent with longer brew times. So if you happen to steep longer than 7 minutes, don’t worry! Your rooibos will gain more flavor, but it will never become astringent!
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
Rooibos tea originates from the leaves and stems of the indigenous South African plant Aspalathus linearis. It has gained much attention for clinical purposes in helping with nervous tension, allergies (dermatitis), and various indigestive problems. In contrast to tea from the plant camellia sinensis, rooibos is naturally caffeine free and low in tannins. Tannins are what give tea from the plant camellia sinensis its astringent (mouth puckering) property. Because rooibos is low in tannins, its brew has very little astringency.
Antioxidative activity has also been attributed to rooibos on the basis of its flavonoid content! Often, customers will ask us "Does Rooibos have more or fewer antioxidants than tea?" Unfortunately, at present conflicting evidence is found comparing the levels of antioxidant activity in rooibos with antioxidant activity in tea from the plant camellia sinensis. One method of analysis found rooibos to have antioxidant activity less than green tea, but greater than black tea. In contrast, another method resulted in antioxidant activity less than all tea from the plant camellia sinensis.*
*Source: "Comparison of the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) with green, oolong and black tea " by A. Von Gadow et all, Food Chemistry, Volume 60, Issue 1, 1997.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
A great way to infuse the Rooibos taste in a homemade batch of applesauce. Works great with any flavored Rooibos, but I tried Cinnamon Rooibos and Vanilla Almond Rooibos first. The flavor is exquisite! Maybe Blackberry Rooibos next with some seedless blackberries in the applesauce as well? Check here to view the full recipe for Rooibos Apples Sauce!