Classic innovators of a proper cup of the good stuff, tea innovators Tetley have released their redbush tea, available at all major supermarkets, on their website, and tea Amazon.
I've known about redbush tea ever since my sister introduced me to Zimbabwean customs. My brother in law is of the Debele tribe, and it's the only type of tea he'll drink.
It was love at first sip for me; nutty, herbal, and ever so slightly sweet, redbush (rooibos in Debele), tea is a naturally caffeine-free, delicious blend of tea leaves.
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Rooibos means "red bush"; the scientific name Aspalathus linearis) is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa's fynbos.
The generic name comes from the plant Calicotome villosa, aspalathos in Greek. This plant has very similar growth and flowers to the Rooi Bos. The specific name linearis comes from the plant's linear growing structure and needle-like leaves. It is popular in South Africa, and since it's enjoyment, many places across the world.
I've tried many different brands, but the one I keep coming back to is Tetley. The British tea akers, famous in the North of England have been blending tea since way back when (1918), and bought refreshing, hydrating, hot beverages, to millions worldwide.
The Tetley kind makes it's consumption easy - drop a tea into a mug, add boiled water, allow to brew for a minute or two, and enjoy with/without milk or sugar. Friends and family members prefer a traditional cup of tea, but with Tetley's pure redbush I can the one type of tea, and all can enjoy it. My Mother, like me, likes her tea unspoiled by sugar or milk, so it's not a worry when she visits and I'm out of PG Tips, or Typhoo because we both love redbush.
No matter what anyone says, there's nothing a proper cuppa can't sort. Time to put the kettle on.