Review of Tetley redbush tea

If I am honest my mission to reduce my caffeine intake has not been as good as it should be lately. I am personally a little disappointed with this so I am trying really hard to get back on track. My mum, who I have inherited my love of tea from enjoys her rooibos tea and drinks goodness knows how many cups a day. So I thought it was about time I made effort and tried some new rooibos as an alternative to my mint, lemon and ginger or camomile infusion teas. I happened to stumble across Tetley redbush tea whilst I was shopping in Waitrose the other day. As it was on offer I decided to give it a try.
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I loved the vibrant red packaging with a picture of Gaffer to the middle holding out two mugs of the redbush tea. It is clearly labelled as a caffeine free tea to the front of the packaging. Onto the ingredients only redbush is listed and there is no may contain warning.
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When I opened the box a woody aroma was noted, or what I would expect from a rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test. The tea bags were a darker in colour than I expected with a slight red tinge to them. I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. It didn’t seem to take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. It soon turned a slightly dark cherry like colour. I was little disappointed by the aroma of this tea it was pretty weak. I was only really able to smell a faint woodiness on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted like a light version of a rooibos, there were faint undertones of both woodiness and grassiness, but nothing that made my taste buds go wow. If anything I thought the tea tasted slightly fruity similar to blackberries strange as this may seem. On a positive note I did find it to be a nice refreshing tea perhaps because of its weaker flavour.
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So would I recommend this redbush tea? Probably not. I have personally tried much nicer rooibos teas but as an alternative to a cheap everyday black tea yes I would. I think this tea will be one of my emergency back up teas at work. I would also suggest leaving the teabag in your cup or mug to try to make the most of its flavour. This is not normally something that I would suggest as I personally enjoy my teas medium weak in strength. Sorry Tetley but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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