Here at Tick Tock we love a tasty cuppa, and with our delicious selection of Tick Tock rooibos teas we are truly spoilt for choice! If you're new to naturally caffeine free rooibos (or 'redbush'), here's a little guide to what to expect from this special tea.
How does rooibos tea taste?
Rooibos tea is incredibly smooth and gentle with a natural sweetness and slightly nutty taste. When brewed for longer, rooibos is full-bodied and rich, and you can smell the warm woody notes rising from your cup or teapot.
Because rooibos comes from a different plant to traditional green and black teas, it has lower levels of the tannins which can give 'normal' tea a bitter taste, for example if you brew a black or green tea for too long. Rooibos tea however will never go bitter - even if you were to leave your teabag in the cup it will remain sweetly smooth.
Should you drink rooibos tea with milk?
Everybody has their own way of drinking rooibos, whether weak or strong, with milk or without. Many rooibos lovers enjoy their's on its own, whilst others swear by a strong brew and a splash of milk, giving a great caffeine free alternative to a traditional everyday black tea.
At Tick Tock we don't advocate adding sugar (our teas are delicious enough without!), but rooibos is often enjoyed with a drop of honey or a slice of lemon.
Flavoured Rooibos teas
In addition to traditional Rooibos, we offer a selection of all natural flavoured rooibos teas such as our warming and reviving Lemon & Ginger, our velvety Vanilla, the perfect after dinner treat with its delicate sweetness, or our Vanilla Chai ,an aromatic delight at any time of the day. We also have Earl Grey Rooibos, a brilliant naturally caffeine free option for those who drink traditional Earl Grey black tea, and a Detox Rooibos made from a blend of liquorice root, soothing fennel seed and refreshing lemongrass.
Alongside our flavoured rooibos teas, we offer Green Rooibos tea which is incredibly light and refreshing. The rooibos leaves are simply dried once harvested to stop the oxidisation process and therefore the tea retains a light green colour and fresh taste. Green rooibos has no bitterness whatsoever and like traditional green tea, is best enjoyed on its own, without any milk.
Rooibos Iced tea
Rooibos also makes an incredible iced tea, and thanks to the low levels of tannins, will not go bitter. Take a look at our recipe for Green Rooibos Watermelon Cooler , the perfect way to usher in the summer!