Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Two Leaves and a Bud
Two leaves’ African Sunset rooibos (red) tea brews up rich and lemony with just a hint of lemongrass tang to craft a sweet and interesting flavor. High in anti-oxidants and trace minerals with zero caffeine, African Sunset and other red teas only grow in South Africa. With a spicy, somewhat astringent herbal flavor, African Sunset makes for a great tea alternative.
As alluded to in the above description (from the Two Leaves and a Bud website), this tisane does have a sweet and interesting flavor. Rooibos tends to have a naturally sweet flavor – often to the point of being too sweet for my liking (and I have a sweet tooth!) But it’s not so much that it’s sweet, but it’s the funky aftertaste that comes along with that sweetness. It reminds me of artificial sweetener – not my favorite flavor. But that is not to say that I dislike all rooibos blends – there are some that bring together just the right combination of flavors to offset that funky sweet flavor that I dislike.
Like this blend – African Sunset – from Two Leaves and a Bud. The tart lemony flavors successfully cut through some of the sweetness to give the cup a nice balance.
I previously reviewed this tea, and I like it just as much now as I did back then. It is light-bodied and fresh-tasting – and a very nice tea to enjoy later in the evening. It is naturally caffeine free so this tea won’t leave me feeling restless at bedtime. When served hot, it is a comforting tea to curl up to and sip leisurely. When served chilled, it is a refreshingly light beverage. It’s a nice tea to have on hand at all times!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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