Tick Tock Rooibos is packed with natural goodness, and the Web is full of articles singing its praises.
For starters, it is naturally caffeine free: The Rooibos tea plant is part of the pea and bean family and has absolutely no caffeine in its genetic make-up. We’re frequently asked whether Tick Tock is caffeine free because we decaffeinate it – the answer’s ‘no’, because it never had any to begin with.
It is also low in tannin: It’s the tannins in tea that can give it an astringent taste which is particularly noticeable in lower quality black teas.
In cups of black tea that are left to steep, you’ll find the bitter taste can increase and when you’ve finished there’s that rather off-putting dark residue inside your cup.
Rooibos (redbush) tea is naturally very low in tannins, so the natural, soft sweet taste of the plant comes through unhindered, to give you a lovely gentle, hydrating cup of tea – and less washing up!
A growing body of research suggests Rooibos may have quite a broad range of other benefits as well – the official Rooibos Council recently published a summary of the studies completed between 2009-2013. The most serious "Rooibos science" so far has come from South Africa, Japan and the US, but it is important to note that to date there have been no clinical trials to fully substantiate many of the emerging claims.