This morning, I enjoyed a delicious cup of Winter White Earl Grey, but this afternoon, I couldn’t wait to sip on a cup of African Autumn. Even in the spring, with the sun shining through my office window and the knowledge that the temperature hovered around the mid 70’s, nothing seemed more refreshing than a hot cup of tea.
Composition: Considered an herbal tea African Autumn contains Redbush, Cranberry and Oranges.
Dry Visual: Very fine leaves, resembling shavings, in a beautiful burnt orange and red colors with hints of brown. The cream flecks contained in the tea provide texture. This is another loose tea housed in a triangular silk sachet.
What is Redbush?
After conducting a brief Internet search, I discovered that redbush is the English version for the Afrikaans word Rooibos, pronounced like “roy-boss”. Rooibos, whose scientific name is Aspalathus linearis is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants. This family also includes, the bean and pea family. It is used to make tisanes (herbal tea). While categorized as tea, Rooibos does not come from the tea plant.
The next time you are looking for a decaffeinated tea, try African Autumn. Its unique flavor makes for a nice afternoon or evening tea.
Reference: Rooibos. (2008, May 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:41, May 3, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rooibos&oldid=209382412