With my love of tea and me drinking copious amounts per day I''m always on the look out for something a bit different and to give me a little variety. I had never heard of Redbush tea before and so when I spotted this one on offer in my local Nisa store for a pound for a box of 40 teabags I was intrigued enough to buy some!
These come in a flip top style red and orange box and on the front of the box we are told that they are indeed Tetley Redbush ''Pure'' that are as I have mentioned already 40 bags are in the box and we are told to ''Relax with naturally caffeine free Rooibos'' and there is a cartoon man holding two mugs of the tea and then on the rest of the box other information given includes being told a bit about the tea and how to make it up, there is a nutritional chart stated, the weight is given (my box is 100g) and contact details for the manufacturer are listed.
What you get is a good quality, white and round teabag and in that bag all that is in it are redbush leaves and nothing else and once you have brewed one of these in boiling water for a couple of minutes or so you can see clearly in the bag that the leaves are red in colour and no bits are left in your bright orange, transparent drink. The colour is really nice I do have to say and you can add milk and/or sugar if you want to but drinking it natural is better for you of course!
I personally add a drop of skimmed milk into my tea and I end up with an orangy coloured drink which looks much nicer than plain tea bags!
The smell once this is made is like a sweet bark aroma. Its really quite odd and offputting I think though its only a minor niggle to be honest I just don''t breath in and my problem is solved!
The flavour of this is a bit odd too in my opinion. It does taste like normal tea with an added kind of zest flavour and that smell of bark you can taste as well. I can''t say I hate these and they are very different to what I''ve tasted before and great quality but me...I''ll be sticking with my usual cups of caffeine included tea and simply finish these off and not repurchase them!
As I say these are not awful though but I think they are probably an acquired taste and sadly I don''t have that acquired taste lol.
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I've recently discovered that I have an intolerance to caffeine, and have been looking for delicious alternatives to my usual morning coffee. Having tried decaffeinated coffee and tea and being unconvinced by both, I decided to try something different. The high level of antioxidants and the fact that, unlike most herbal teas, it can be drunk with milk like a 'proper cuppa' was very appealing. Also, the fact that they are made by Tetley, one of my favourite tea makers, made the choice easier.
Making redbush tea is simple, as it is the same as a normal cup of tea. You can drink it black, with lemon, or with milk, and can add whatever sweetener you prefer. Personally, I drink it exactly the same as I would normal tea - milk and once sugar.
The taste is very pleasant, somewhere between and normal tea and a herbal tea. It has the deep, 'tea-like' flavour, but also has a fragrant light flavour too. The closest thing I can compare it to is earl grey or lady grey tea. It is nice with lemon, but then becomes more like a herbal tea.
I recently had a cup of normal decaffeinated tea, and must say that it tasted very bland now that I am used to Redbush. I will be drinking Redbush from now on.
Tea is my absolute favourite drink - I think I am truly addicted to tea and never a day goes by without me having several cups. I drink PG Tips or Typhoo mainly but I had a voucher for £1 off some Tetley Red Bush tea and so I decided to give this a go a little while back, just to see how it compared to my usual cuppa. The marketing ploy for this tea is that it's richer in antioxidants than my usual cp of tea and it's also meant o be lower in tannins as well as being caffeine free. After I had read all of that I wasn't sure this was going to be quite my thing but I'm willing to try anything once.
The tea in these tea bags are different from my usual bags at comes from the rooibos plant which is grown in South Africa and it's meant to be more hydrating than other teas and better for me as it contains no caffeine. Now, I really like a 'normal' cup of tea, especially first thing on a morning, and I think it's the caffeine which actually perks me up a bit, so I was slightly hesitant on lots of different levels, about how much I was going to like this particular tea.
I popped a bag into a cup and poured on hot (not boiling) water over the top and left it to infuse (as per the instructions) for about three to five minutes. The tea had a little bit of an amber hue to it and it smelled 'funny', like sweaty socks. I sort of got used to the smell after a little while to be honest and I added a tiny dash of milk, though apparently this tea is best served without.
The tea had a sort of herbal taste and quality to it and it certainly tasted a lot different to my usual cuppa. It was quite a refreshing drink but I pretty much knew fro the first cup that it was going to take me a long time to get through a whole box of forty teabags. I only paid 89p for the whole box, however (as I had my £1 money off coupon). I tried this tea a few more times and I also gave my husband a few cups. He wasn't at all keen on it and I finally ended up taking what was left of the box into work as I just knew I wasn't going to be able to drink all forty bags by myself.
I've had mixed reviews at work about this tea. It seems you either love it or you hate it. Most people at y place of work say they prefer their usual blend of tea but then there are a couple of girls in the office who say they have been converted.
Overall, it's quit nice for a change, I have to say. However, I won't be changing my usual brand of tea to this one any time soon as it's a little too 'different' for my taste and to be honest, I also miss the caffeine.
I give it three stars out of five.
I first received some Tetely redbush tea teabags as a promotion and the marketing obviously worked as I really enjoy this tea and always keep a box in my cupboard.
So, what exactly is Redbush tea? Well, according to an article I read, Redbush (rooibos) is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa's fynbos. The plant is used to make a tisane called red tea, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), redbush tea (esp. UK), South African red tea, or simply rooibos. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level ofantioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves.
So, like it says above what I really like about this tea is that it is caffeine free. Most of the time I like caffeine in my tea as I like that pick me up during the day but at night time I prefer not to drink caffeine so this tea is perfect for that. I drink the tea as I would normally drink it, with some milk. This is a black tea and I find its good quite a strong make up to it so I don't leave my tea bag in for long. It's got quite a sweet taste to it, you can definitely tell its a bit different to the normal PG tips taste but its not overly sweet or anything like that. I find it very refreshing and really pleasant to drink and the nice thing is you cannot taste the lack of caffeine in it either which is great.
On the tea bag is says that it is hydrating as water and that tea counts towards your daily fluid intake when you drink 1 cup per sitting spaced out over the day.
The tea is definitely good quality. According to their website, the tea is carefully sourced from the Cedarberg region of South Africa, contributing to the local economy & development of its inhabitants. It is 100% Natural. The Tetley redbush leaves are hand picked from the rooibos plant, grown only in the Western Cape of South Africa, before being cut and dried and nothing is added.
Apparently they say that in a survey of 793 people who drank 2 or more cups of Tetley Redbush a day, 83% said it made them feel refreshed and 60% said healthier. I like the way it tastes and makes me feel of an evening so I would definitely recommend this tea.
Redbush tea is made from the rooibus plant which is grown in South Africa it's a popular tea in Africa and now consumed in many countries.
I usually like to have variety of teas instead of sticking to black tea. I've tried many fruity and herbal flavours so I'm up for trying anything.
I recently discovered redbush tea when I found a sample in the cupboard which my mother must have got some time ago and left forgotten. The first thing I noticed was the red packaging of the sample it was very eye catching and attractive it instantly made me want to put the kettle on.
Redbush tea compliments sugar or honey well and you don't really need to add too much of it considering I have quite a big sweet tooth that's a good thing. This tea has a really nice natural sweet flavour and on the plus side it is caffeine free so if you just want something sweet, hydrating and warm to drink this is a good option. With this tea you can leave the teabag in without worrying about it being to strong as it is naturally light in flavour.
I guess redbush is like marmite considering there's a mixture of love and hate reviews here. So if you're personally planning to try it, I recommend you get a sample if you can. I know the redbush tea company give samples still however I don't know if there's any difference from the Tetley variety. You really need to try it for yourself to know what redbush tea tastes like.
Another recommendation is do not buy the vanilla redbush. After finishing my samples I decided to go and get a proper box of redbush tea and made the mistake of getting redbush tea vanilla flavour because it looked like it would taste a bit nicer. Even though the flavour is not unpleasant I feel it ruins the true redbush flavour.
Overall I love this tea however I won't be buying the vanilla flavour again!
---The Brand & History---
According to Wikipedia Tetley (now a subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages) is the second largest manufacturer of tea in the world and the largest in the UK. Began in 1822, "Joseph Tetley & Co."was formed in 1837.
Tetley was the first company that launched tea in tea-bags in the United Kingdom in 1953.
Tetley Red Bush teabags come in various size packs and the one I am reviewing is the 40 box which I had from Tesco online. The pack contains round teabags in a cardboard box.
The box is sightly different to the image above but is still red with a yellow pattern across the top.
Called Red Bush tea but comes from the Rooibos plant.
100% Rainforest Alliance Certified.
A herbal infusion of 100% Redbush tea with no additives.
Caffeine free - from Rooibos Ltd, South Africa.
Said to have a deep red colour and delicious taste.
Long shelf life - mine is up to April 2014.
The Redbush teabags also come with vanilla added if required.
£1.79 for 40 teabags - but mine were on offer when I bought them.
More information on Tetley and its products and history can be found at www.tetley.co.uk
These are marketed as a 'herbal infusion' so are obviously going to be slightly different to the run of the mill type teabags.
Being made from the rooibos plant which is grown in South Africa (rooibos means Redbush in Afrikaans) these teabags are caffeine free which is a great advantage - they are also supposed to have lots of flavonoids which act as antioxidants and have a lower tannine content than normal black tea. They are supposed to be relaxing and a great way to unwind in the evening.
This all sounds marvellous - until I opened the box!
The teabags have an earthy type of smell - I can only compare it to the henna I used to use in the 70s.
Redbush tea is brewed in the same way as standard teabags and can be drunk with milk and sugar in the normal way, with lemon, or have honey added.
I have tried it both with milk and without - both times adding a little sugar. The teabags brew quickly in the mugs and you are advised to leave them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes to get all the health benefits.
The tea inside the bags is slightly reddish and the tea does have a slightly red tinge, but not overly so, and when milk is added you would not really pick it out from a normal cuppa.
The smell of earthiness is quite (very!) strong when the tea is brewed and I must say it is not for me - actually I could not drink it either with milk or without - and my niece when visiting was given some to try and thought the smell awful as well.
I am sorry about this as I know they have lots of health benefits and being caffeine free are better for you.
I have found online some recipes using Redbush tea (such as tea bread) but not sure if I would even fancy it then.
I think for me this is a lost cause.
1 star. Although healthier than normal teabags I could not stomach it.
Smells like henna - earthy.
In my house, I've always got more than one type of tea in as I do lovely a cup of tea and so a bit of variety makes it a bit more exciting. I am loyal to the Tetley brand and so when I saw this Redbush tea on offer that I hadn't tried before, I was eager to see what it was like. I wasn't sure really what the difference was but the tea came in nice packaging and the price was competitive so I thought, why not? From the packaging I thought this was a fruit tea at first but it isn't it is just normal tea with a difference to its flavour.
The tea comes in a rectangular shapes box which has the logo very big on the front, so you couldn't miss that it is a Tetley product. It has a red background to it and a nice swirling pattern around the lid and it states how many teabags are included in the one box. This tea comes in either 40s or 80s but I opted for the box of 40 to see if I even liked the drink first. It is a caffeine drink and on the reverse of the box is information about the tea itself and the ingredient information too.
Now, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this tea, it is grown in South Africa and it says that the longer it is brewed, the more antioxidants it releases. This tea counts towards our eight glasses of fluid that we should drink daily and it is rich in antioxidants. Now, the teabags themselves are just your typical round Tetley teabags, I thought they'd look different but they are exactly the same, so you need to be careful if you are taking them out of the box to not confuse them for a regular Tetley's teabag.
The tea is easy enough to brew, just boil the kettle and then leave the bag in for a bit to get stronger flavour. This can be consumed with or without milk but because I love a milky tea, I had to have it with milk but it really is a matter of preference. You will only need the one teabag as they release that much flavour which shows the quality and it is easy enough to taste. The tea has a very, very light reddish tint to it and it has a nice smell, I'd almost describe it as herby and a bit fruity.
The tea is meant to refresh you daily if you drink two cups a day for two weeks and the drink can also be taken with lemon. I think this tea has a good flavour, it it really intense throughout and is a great taste. It is a bit herby but I do like that taste and it is different from your average cup. I think I would prefer to always drink this hot even though the website says you can have it with cold milk as I think tea is a hot drink in general. I felt good after drinking this but whether it makes me feel refreshed, I don't know if I can say as I don't think any tea is that great.
This is a good tea but in terms of it being my new favourite, I wouldn't go that far. I get it so cheap, that I always tend to have a box in the cupboard but I wouldn't make it my primary tea choice. I have this as well as regular Tetley as when I want a difference I just go for Redbush. It is a tea that has good flavour and I'd recommend it to any tea drinker who wants something ever so slightly different. It is a bargain price at the moment and 40 teabags does me over a month as I only have one cup a day on average
To buy a box of Redbush the best deal is at Home Bargains where it is only 49p for a box of forty. Tesco do sell this as well if you don't live near Home Bargains and all supermarkets do. Tesco price it at £1.69 for 40 teabags or £3.17 for 80 teabags, quite a price rise.
The official Tetley website is http://www.tetley.co.uk
I'm drinking about 6 cups of this per day and Tetley have one of the best value packs I've found so far.
The first taste of Redbush is smoky, similar to gunpowder tea, but then the taste evolves into a full-bodied fruity flavour. It's a very robust taste and quite pleasing as I have trouble tasting anything with the really posh teas where everything is very subtle.
It's advantageous as you can drink it without milk or sugar and it's not too bitter, I would recommend only using a splash of milk and no sugar as you don't want to miss the flavour. It's also naturally not caffeinated, which is why I'm drinking so much as I can have a cup before I go to bed. One more plus point is it doesn't stain your mugs as badly as proper tea. It's a nice dark red colour and if you have posh glass mugs it looks really nice.
I now drink more redbush tea than any other tea - even proper tea! There's apparent health benefits as well but I couldn't really comment on those.
Hydrating like water?? WOW! Congratulations Tetley - you persuaded me to part with my money based on a very funny and informative television commerical for what I now know is the most disgusting cup of tea I have ever had!
I realize that we all need to get more rest, should not be drinking stimulants and should probably not actually be drinking milky tea, but there are so many better teas that have the same health benefits as the ones that Redbush claims to have.
I really cannot begin to describe the taste. The taste of regular breakfast tea is very odd to describe anyway but this tea has a more earthy taste, maybe like heated up tree sap or something! Perhaps with a spoon of sugar (which would defy the point anyway) this could be tolerable. Hydrating like water?? Well I'll just have a glass of water then! Looking at the other reviews, this tea seems quite popular but I will struggle to see how this can be anything higher than 1/5 when it is a lot dearer than regular Tetley and tastes revolting.
Twinings Green Tea...that is all I am saying ;)
In the last month or so, I seem to have been very fortunate in the number and type of samples I have received through the post. My most recent was a sample pack containing 4 of these Tetley Redbush teabags, which I have now used all of. Nearly everyone I imagine will have heard of Tetley before, but to be honest, we had stopped buying Tetley original teabags because we found that the tea seemed to be very weak, and you had to dip and dip the teabag until you got some colour. These redbush teabags are rather different however.
A pack of 80 of these redbush teabags will set you back around £3.20, which is quite a hefty price in comparison to other teabags on the market. This redbush tea originates from a needle like plant found in Africa that has been used for many years by the locals to make sweet drinks. It is harvested like tea and this is obviously what makes these Tetley teabags different from that which is currently on the market.
Tetley promotes several key benefits of this tea. Firstly, its hydrating qualities, claiming that a cup of this tea will count towards your 8 glasses of water that you should be drinking on a daily basis, and so it is described as a thirst quencher. Secondly, it is caffeine free, which will appeal to many people I imagine, so you therefore don't have to worry about how much you drink of this. Thirdly, it is a ideal drink for those on a diet or at least watching their weight, as the tea itself, when there is no milk added is calorie free, and since it is naturally sweet there isn't the need for sugar, if you partial to adding some. However Tetley do suggest you try adding some honey, lemon, ginger, cinnamon or even peppermint to enhance the taste further.
In regards to the hydrating quality of this tea, I would have to agree somewhat that I do think it helps quench your thirst, especially when the weather is warmer, and you tend to reach for a cold drink, anytime I have made tea using these teabags, I have felt my thirst quenched, more than using a normal tea bag. Secondly, regarding it being caffeine free, well being pregnant this is an added bonus, but also for those finding it difficult to get to sleep, it is a nice way to relax. Thirdly, because it does have a naturally sweet flavour, much more so than regular tea, then I don't tend to put in as much sugar as I usually do, becuase it simply isn't necessary, and so from that point of view, it is useful to me, as a way of keeping down the amount of calories that I add to a cup of tea simply by adding in a few spoonfuls of sugar.
All in all, it is very disappointing that this product is so costly in comparison to other tea brands on the market, and I simply wouldn't buy it on a regular basis due to the price, not when I can get 80 teabags for almost half the price. It is certainly nice to have it in the cupboard as a thirst quencher or a relaxing drink in the evening, but I couldn't justify spending that amount for everyday tea. Other than that I would happily recommend it, as it is lovely, refreshing sweet tea - just a pity about the price!
I was introduced to Redbush Tea by my sister a few years ago . If you have IBS or a bit of a dodgy stomach- maybe tummy bug or heavy night out this tea is heaven sent. Its full of antioxidants and has a refreshing light herby taste and is 100% natural.
Its very much like black or green tea and the longer you leave the bag in the stronger your brew will be. It contains no caffeine so if you are not very well it wont keep you awake.
If you fancy a bit of a treat its really nice with a spoonful of honey.
I can honestly say that this tea is a miracle worker as I also use it to bathe my little girl in . Very strange you may think ! But I read an article a couple of years ago that suggested bathing in the tea, as it was good for eczema. Well when you have a baby with eczema anything is worth a try and especially if its natural based and not steroid . African women have been using it for hundreds of years. As its caffeine free its fine for babies and young children to drink also as an aid to upset tummies.
It does not get rid of the eczema but I find that letting her have a good soak in it seems to take down the redness and itching - i'ts very difficult to stop a baby or young child from scratching. I put about 10-14 tea bags in the bath while it is filling up and leave them in while she is bathing. I must admit the water looks like someone has peed in it, but it does not stain and cleans off quite easily.
You would not believe how soft her skin and hair are after a 20 min soak! and she stops scratching . Its not a solution but well worth a try if your child has eczema, and you get to have a refreshing cuppa in the process!
I generally buy boxes of 40 which are usually just under £3, but last time I bought some it was being sold at £1 a box at Asda which was probably a couple of months ago and as you can imagine I bought a job lot. On informing my husband of this fantastic deal he went and bought a job lot on his way home from work also. So look out for special offers and bargains as Ive also seen it in most of the bigger supermarkets.
It is also known as Rooibos tea , there are a few other brands out there - all good and do the same thing . The longer you let it brew the more antioxidants it releases plus its also good to know that as it comes direct from Africa it is helping the African local economy when you purchase it .
So if you fancy a cuppa with a difference that works wonders on a delicate tummy try this.
Its also worth trying the bath soak as I find it works wonders.
I always take a box with me wherever we travel - 100g is not heavy and slots into a suitcase or bag easily.
I am an avid Green tea drinker mainly for the benefits and lack of side effects that you would get with high caffeine drinks, I heard Red Bush tea offers the same sort of benefits and is naturally caffeine free.
I work in an office and we have tea machines and not an area for making tea, its the machine or nothing. I must say when working all day I need something warm to drink and something different to water.
The machine also serves hot water so any tea bag that doesn't require milk is perfect.
You can buy tetley red bush tea from most shops and it costs just under £3 for a box of 40 which is quite expensive, I have seen the product on sale for less however. There are also other box sizes with the smallest being 25.
The tea is great for everyone really, you get the chance to add milk or have without. You can drink it before bed and not worry about staying awake, its also a refreshing drink to have all through the day and in all honesty it tastes very similar to normal black tea, it is a slightly reder colour than normal tea.
The tea contains high mineral content and polyphenols which can help maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones, and metabolic processes.
Like fruit, vegetables and green and black tea, Redbush is naturally rich in antioxidants. Foodstuffs containing free radical fighting antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and flavonoids, are vital for a healthy lifestyle.
Redbush contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc as well as trace elements - copper and manganese. Redbush is also particularly rich in flavonoids, just like black and green tea.
It really is worth trying it, I am glad I found this tea as it now gives me many more options
I received a free sample of this tea bag in a race goody bag and after being initially sceptical as to what it would taste like, I am now a definite convert!
These tea bags are just as easy to make as regular tea and can be drank with or without milk. They do have an unusual taste, but it's a pleasant one.
The health benefits are multiple. They are caffeine free so will not stop you sleeping. They are full of anti oxidants so will help to rid your body of the nasties you may pick up during the day. This is especially important for those people who are participating in a lot of sport because your body releases more of these toxins which need to be got rid of. They are also really refreshing and help to hydrate you more than normal tea (the caffeine in normal tea is dehydrating).
I tend to drink these after I have been running to quench my thirst and rehydrate me. I also drink it on an evening because I know that it won't stop me from sleeping.
They are more expensive than normal tea bags, but a lot of supermarkets have them on special offer on a regular basis.
Redbush, a unique tasting alternative for the English classic tea. Rooibos or red bush tea has become my drink of choice over the past few months replacing my copious tea drinking. I think I was actually addicted to caffeine I would get headaches when I did not get my morning cups of tea which is not healthy.
Redbush has changed this cycle allowing me to have a non caffeine drink with high levels of antioxidants, helping to clear your immune system. I have also found that a cup of this just before trying to sleep will help calm your body and mind allow deep an restful sleep to occur naturally.
I have been drinking the Tetley's variety of this previous but other companies have since brought out variations which can sometimes be cheaper. So as they are all made from the same plants I have taken to choosing the cheapest variety on offer at the time.
I have tried Redbush in a number of varieties. You can drink it hot or cold, or with or without milk. My favourite is hot without milk as it brings out the flavour of the tea most a rich earthy taste. I personally did not like the taste of the drink cold, but I have heard that some people like the taste.
As with everyone I can think of (apart from my mate Nikki) I just love a good old brew. Over the past few years though I have started to drink more and more coffee which I have wanted to stop as it has too much caffeine.
Last Friday Scarlet baby and I accompanied my sister to the National Wedding Show in Birminghams NEC where the Home Livings show was also being held. On the way out of the Wedding show we were handed a freebee bag from the home livings show with quite a few goodies inside.
One of the goodies was Four bags of Tetley Redbush Tea. I have always been a Tetley Tea drinker and will not change for the world so I thought I would give the Redbush a go. I have seen the adverts before with the african lady shouting at the animals that people are trying to sleep. I have since bought a pack in morrisons for £1.00 on offer for a pack of 40.
The box itelf is red with 'Tetley' written across the front over a blue background and the 'redbush' is written in white. Underneath the name it states the Tea is naturally caffeine free, as hydrating as water and rich in Antioxidants. On the back of the box it advises the Tea is grown only in South Africa for the sunshine.
As it boasts the Tea will help me feel 'full of vitality' throughtout the day and will stimulate my senses I would definately give it a try. So I followed the instructions on the back.
For the Perfect Brew ~ Enjoy Tetley Redbush just like your normal tea. Add boiling water to the bag and infuse for 3 - 5 minutes. The longer it brews, the more antioxidants are released. Drink it with or without milk or sugar.
I left the bag in the cup for about 3 minutes as I was now dying for a brew after reading the whole package. I added 2 sugars and milk as I would with my normal cup and sat down to enjoy. With the first sip I certainly knew it was different but the taste was lovely.
I just can't describe what the taste is (one of those you will have to try) but it is very nice indeed. Even after several cups my mouth was not dry and dehydrated as with drinking coffee. Plus without all the Caffeine I will have a good nights sleep tonight.
Redbush is definately one I will be drinking from now one.
Rooibos or red bush tea is becoming more popular in Western countries particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves.