This Fair Trade Certified organic loose leaf herbal tea combines organic rooibos leaves (pronounced ROY-bus) with spicy cinnamon and clove. The sweet, almost fruity, rooibos offers a perfect backdrop for the zesty warmth of cinnamon and clove. Rooibos is an herb native to the beautiful Cedarberg region of South Africa. This organic African tea contains no caffeine.
Ingredients: organic South African rooibos, organic cinnamon chips, organic clove, and natural cinnamon and clove flavor
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: A great caffeine-free option. Reminds me of the red hot candy I enjoyed as a child!
Jeremy Says: Because of its natural sweetness, this rooibos requires no sugar.
Posted by Cori on 16th Mar 2016
I chose this tea for my husband (he loves cinnamon), but when I tried it I was surprised by how much I love it! I am thinking about hiding it so I don't have to share!
Posted by Unknown on 8th Feb 2016
I've tried Rooibos before, and I remember liking it much more than this, but it's definitely not a tea that I normally drink. I was overwhelmed by how woody it tasted. The recommended steep time is 5 - 7 minutes... I saw another review that said that it's better if it steeps for longer... perhaps this brings out more flavors. If you're not used to Rooibos that much, I wouldn't recommend this.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Dec 2014
I love cinnamon, but this tea is not what I expected. Maybe it's just me, as all the other reviews tend to enjoy it. I felt that I had to steep it for a longer period of time to get the real flavour.
Posted by Unknown on 26th May 2014
We really enjoy this tea. My two boys had to try this tea when they smelled me brewing myself a cup. Cinnamon taste without being too strong. We've also tried it blended with the Rooibos Chai, very tasty. We add a splash of milk and no sugar. Now this is our favorite tea to have at night. Delicious!
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 6th Mar 2014
I can say "I like cinnamon tea" now!
I was not a fan of cinnamon tea because of I was still under the impression of such loud flavoring. I always felt like I was drinking a piece of cinnamon bark instead of drinking tea. Cinnamon was never my choice.
Well, I must admit this tea changed my mind :) The tea and cinnamon flavoring combination is the winner. It has just enough cinnamon taste without killing the natural flavor of the tea. The whole kitchen smells so warm (without overpowering spicy smell) while the tea is brewing.
It's very smooth and naturally sweet. No sugar is needed. It's great just the way it is!
Btw, it doesn't take much tea leaves to make a flavorful pot. I use half of the amount and it works very well. That's strong enough for our taste.
I will try blending it with other tea like the other reviewer said. It must be great too!
Posted by Tammy on 26th Nov 2013
WOW! This is a great rooibos by itself or can easily be combined. I accidentally let mine steep a little too long and was so pleasantly surprised I used it to cook with! The taste is smooth yet the cinnamon flavor shines through!
Posted by Susan on 6th Jul 2013
I like my teas sweet and usually add sugar. I was so happy for this tea it was not necessary. It's a great "pick me up" energizing tea. I made it iced the cold way and was able to use the leaves twice. Wow!!! I'm ordering some more in less than a month!!!
Posted by Emily on 14th Jan 2013
This tea has a very strong cinnamon flavor. I like to blend it with other teas such as the Vanilla Almond rooibos and the Vanilla Peach rooibos. It adds a nice punch to other teas.
Posted by Alise on 10th Dec 2012
If you crave a cinnamon tea, this one will do it for you. This has a strong, but not overpowering cinnamon flavor. I love this one best mixed with other teas. It's great when you want a splash of cinnamon to say, Vanilla-Almond Rooibos (YUM!) or one of the peach flavored teas. A great versatile mixer or great on its own.
Posted by Elyse Symons on 13th Nov 2009
I love Rooibos although I refer to it as Red tea so as to appear less snooty. =) Only tea I've ever had that had enough flavor that I didn't need to add any sugar. Really wonderful tea!
Posted by Julia on 15th Jun 2009
This tea is fantastic. It has a lovely natural sweetness even though there is no sugar in it. The cinnamon in this tea highlights the nice notes of rooibos and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. I was not a huge fan of rooibos before and only got this tea as part of a sampler because I wanted my 4 year-old son to try a few different things. Now I may need to hide it from my son and drink it all myself!
Posted by Angela Luther on 22nd Nov 2007
This has a smooth sweet taste that is a relaxing treat at the end of the day.
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. 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.
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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!