First of all, let me begin by saying that Two Leaves and a Bud has some very attractive packaging for their tea. With the clear packaging and cool designs, to me it seems quite unique in the way tea is packaged.
The one thing that disappointed me, however, is that the ingredients are not listed on the packaging. Luckily, it was quite simple to find them on the website.
The tea itself is in a pyramid-shaped sachet, making it quite easy to see the tea. Although not my favourite type of tea, I’ve always thought Rooibos is a very pretty looking tea; I love the shade of red that it is! This tea, in particular, is quite pretty. The red Rooibos is mixed in with pieces of lemon grass, which is a pale colour.
After brewing the tea, I understand why it is called Organic African Sunset! This is one of the prettiest Rooibos teas I’ve ever brewed. I definitely recommend brewing this tea in a clear mug because it is so nice to watch as it brews. As soon as you pour water over the teabag, the water instantly becomes a light orange colour and this colour gradually changes to a deeper shade of orange finally ending with a deep orange, almost red colour. It is a beautiful colour! The colours remind me so much of a sunset and it really shows how appropriately named this tea is.
The smell of the tea before you brew it is very typical of a Rooibos, which is a sweet smell. This Rooibos though, has a hint of lemon. It is also not as overpowering as some Rooibos I’ve had. It is really quite pleasant!
I was very surprised by the taste of this tea! I was expecting the typically sweetness I have come to associate with Rooibos but this is not the case. While the tea still is sweet there is a lemony-citrus taste mixed in with this, which I think helps cut down on the sweetness of the Rooibos. This is perfect for me, since I don’t like anything overly sweet. Normally, I find Rooibos to be overpowering but I think the lemongrass cuts down on this. The lemongrass also makes this tea very refreshing! It leaves quite a pleasant taste on the palate.
Two Leaves & A Bud describes this tea as:
Rooibos, or red bush tea, is a great caffeine-free alternative. two leaves’ African Sunset brews up rich and lemony with just a hint of lemongrass tang to craft a sweet but interesting flavor. Rooibos is also high in anti-oxidants and trace minerals. Red Tea or more literally “red bush” only grows in South Africa where it has a spicy, somewhat astringent herbal flavor, which makes it a great tea alternative.
Ingredients: Organic Rooibos (Redbush) Herbal Tea, Organic Lemongrass, Organic lemon Peel, Natural Lemon flavor
Two Leaves and a Bud recommends brewing this tea for one to three minutes. I tried the tea after three minutes and found it was still too weak so I brewed it for another two minutes. The tea was perfect after this! The tea doesn’t need any sweetener.
Now, this tea is very refreshing as a hot tea and I think it would also make a great iced tea that would be very refreshing on a hot, summer day. I can’t emphasize enough to brew this tea in a clear mug! This is one of the prettiest Rooibos I’ve seen and I think watching it brew and seeing it go through different shades of yellow that are oh-so-similar to the colours of a sunset. Very, very pretty! This tea was my introduction to Two Leaves & A Bud and I have to say, I quite enjoyed it! And it was definitely one of the best Rooibos teas I’ve had.