This Fair Trade Certified organic herbal tea from Africa combines organic rooibos leaves (pronounced ROY-bus) with the pure vanilla flavoring and almonds. Between the sultry vanilla and rich nutty quality of the almonds, this blend is like dessert in a cup! Rooibos is an herb native to the beautiful Cedarberg region of South Africa and contains no caffeine.
Ingredients: organic South African rooibos, organic almonds, organic calendula petals, and natural vanilla flavor
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Looking for a guilt-free dessert beverage? Here it is!
Jeremy Says: A must-try for real vanilla lovers!
Posted by Ashley Freelove on 26th Sep 2016
Although I found this rooibos to be very lacking in vanilla flavor (it was almost undetectable to me) I still extremely enjoy this rooibos. Smelling the unbrewed leaves, to me, is somewhat akin to catching a whiff of alcohol--- but I don't take this as a bad thing at all. I brew double the recommend amount in order to capture an adequate amount of flavor, and it turns out delicious. I love rooibos tea and am delighted by all that this one has to offer.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Dec 2014
This tea sounds amazing and it is! A great dessert tea that is wonderful after a meal. It actually hooked a friend who was previously a non-tea lover! Definitely recommend this one!
Posted by Yen Wen C. on 18th Jun 2014
This is one of my husband's favorite!
It has such warm after taste which make it really inviting. The smell is really soothing and it goes well with any kind of snacks. It's an easy going kind of tea
No snacks? No problem! Just add a little sugar in raw and it makes a good dessert tea!
Posted by Tammy on 26th Nov 2013
The experience with this Rooibos starts the moment you open the package. Your tastebuds are already in heaven! I was a little concerned that the flavor would would be gone by the time I drank the tea...I was wrong. The flavor lingered on my tongue and I even cook with this as well!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Apr 2013
First of all i want to say that i am a tea freak but can not have black tea at all even decafe so i was looking for alternative and spend so much money on red tea and was mostly disappointed until finally tried this one and could finally give up my obsession with black tea because this by far the highest pure quality red tea with outstanding taste. I love it thank you arbor tea i will definetly be a loyal customer and no more wasting money on other low quality and expensive tea
Posted by Emily on 14th Jan 2013
This is one of my favorite rooibos blends. It's great on its' own as well to blend with other teas. I usually brew it with the Cinnamon Rooibos and Vanilla Peach Rooibos. My favorite combo is 1/2 tsp Vanilla Almond, 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp Vanilla Peach.
Posted by Alise on 10th Dec 2012
Wow, this is really amazing. Everyone I serve this tea to loves it. It doesn't really need any sweetener but its great with a bit of honey. I also have mixed this with Cinnamon Rooibos and that is also heavenly... more like a Chai. Super delicious and fun. The kids love this one too. Good hot or iced.
Posted by Alexandra Fimbres on 5th Mar 2012
It was a warm March day in Arizona; I had just received my first shipment of Arbor teas (most of them samples)and my mother-in-law and I were jonesing for some tea. I made this for my mom-in-law in about four oz. of water, made sure it brewed long enough, and then poured it over a cup of ice to make about eight oz. of iced tea. It has amazing flavor. I was so impressed. I expected high quality but this is so beyond that! Out of this world. Anyway, it's really needless to say, but I will be ordering this again. I couldn't imagine being deprived of it now that I've had a taste!!
Posted by Ronda Zuk on 28th Mar 2008
My six year old son says " This is my favoritest tea!" Even though I'm a black tea drinker I too enjoy a cup of this vanilla almond tea at bedtime or as a dessert. Sweet soothing and satisfying.
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 step-by-step 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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Commercially available yogurts are usually heavily sweetened, sometimes artificially colored, and often excessively priced. Making your own is economical and a good way to avoid highly processed sugar, while providing boundless options to be creative with flavors. Check here to view the full recipe for Tea-Infused Cultured Yogurt flavored with Vanilla Almond Rooibos!
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!