Rooibos Earl Grey

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot, Blue Cornflowers, Orange, Rooibos
Flavors
Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Medicinal, Menthol, Root Beer, Star Anise, Decayed Wood, Dirt, Peat Moss, Bergamot, Floral, Smoke, Wood, Earl Grey, Earth, Herbaceous, Mint
Sold in
Bulk, Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by JulieWyant
Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 374 ml

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  • “I have A LOT of samples from Adagio. When I first started avoiding such high caffeine levels, I ordered their decaf, rooibos, and herbal sampler packs. I have, like, 16 little tins, plus a large...” Read full tasting note
    51
  • “I got this a while ago but decided to leave it at work so I would have something Earl Grey-esque to have in the morning. Sure it’s Rooibos based but not noticeable in the smell amongst the dry...” Read full tasting note
    59
  • “This has a super strong scent – I’m guessing it’s the bergamot? Upfront info: I’m trying to give Earl Grey, a tea I’ve never loved, a second chance. To me this just tastes like rooibos though....” Read full tasting note
    87
  • “I love Earl Greay. I have come to this conclusion after drinking several varieties of Earl Greys….just thought you should know that. And I love rooibos. So therefore I love this Rooibos Earl...” Read full tasting note
    95

From Adagio Teas

A classic blend with a twist, using South African Rooibos. Zesty fresh citrus aroma, slightly dry, with a rounded and balanced orange rind flavor. The pleasantly smooth texture from the Rooibos (not as dry and brisk as traditional Earl Grey made from black tea) lingers with citrus sweetness. Naturally caffeine-free.

We import rooibos directly from one farmer in Clanwilliam, South Africa who plants, harvests, and processes with care. The processing, which includes sorting and spreading the leaves for oxidation by hand, makes our rooibos leaves as pretty as they are delicious. No wonder the earliest Dutch settlers embraced rooibos as an alternative to the expensive black tea! We add just the right bergamot flavoring and orange to make this a stand-out alternative to the classic Earl Grey tea. With or without a slice of lemon, you’ll enjoy the natural sweetness of organic rooibos with a crisp, brisk citrusy edge.

Herbal Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes.

About Adagio Teas View company

Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

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I have A LOT of samples from Adagio. When I first started avoiding such high caffeine levels, I ordered their decaf, rooibos, and herbal sampler packs. I have, like, 16 little tins, plus a large tin of the jasmine rooibos (the first nocaf one I liked). Now that I’m letting myself have a little regular tea every day, I’m not going through them like I had been, and I am realizing that I will still have a bunch of these tins after I am back in the caffeine way.

To remedy this, I’m fixing pots at a time, which is using up these little tins with a quickness, and is also getting me back in the habit of continual tea consumption. Yay. :) So I have a whole pot of this. I’m sweetening with agave, and it’s like candy in a cup. Earl Grey candy, that is. :)

Bethany

I’m doing the same thing right now to try and get through my Adagio samplers. There are SO MANY.

Cofftea

Haha check out my cupboard- I don’t even think I have them all listed!:)

Ricky

Haha if sixteen is a lot, then I don’t know what you consider my cupboard. I’m trying to finish them off as well. I’m doing a better job knocking my Harney samplers though. Jasmine rooibos o.O, for some reason it doesn’t sound like jasmine + rooibos would mix together well.

takgoti

I’d totally nom on some earl grey candy. Excellent fix to the sample problem. I might have to start doing that.

LENA

yep, this sounds like a good idea. I need to clear some space too.

laurenpressley

Haha, glad to hear I’m not alone!!!

@Ricky, I’d prefer green jasmine, but when avoiding caffeine and really missing the green one, this does in a pinch. The jasmine is pretty strong, so the rooibos is in the background.

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I got this a while ago but decided to leave it at work so I would have something Earl Grey-esque to have in the morning. Sure it’s Rooibos based but not noticeable in the smell amongst the dry blend, instead I am picking up an orange perfume. I love orange but this is just too perfumed and dry, not completely disgusting but a bit of a let down.

It smells a little fresher and lighter once steeped and the perfume is toned down and does not overpower the orange and bergamot scents. It smells more like an Earl Grey now definitely.

Flavour wise this is a little citrus bitter and sweet but very perfumed and dry. The rooibos is not coming through very much but it at least keeps the blend light enough to be drinkable. As far as an Earl Grey goes this is an interesting blend that I’m sure someone will love but for me it’s too strong and perfumed. A bitter Earl Grey is a non enjoyable Earl Grey.

Now you can see why I left this at work…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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This has a super strong scent – I’m guessing it’s the bergamot? Upfront info: I’m trying to give Earl Grey, a tea I’ve never loved, a second chance.
To me this just tastes like rooibos though. Really nice red rooibos. I’m woefully uneducated on earl gray, I just know it’s never been my favorite (back from bagged tea days), so I’m not sensitive to bergamot, but I’m not tasting it.
A really nice cup of rooibos tea though! But then, I’m a red rooibos nut :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I love Earl Greay. I have come to this conclusion after drinking several varieties of Earl Greys….just thought you should know that.

And I love rooibos.

So therefore I love this Rooibos Earl Grey.

Very strong flavor. Very wonderful flavor.
I love the citrus scent when you open the bag & then you get that little floral note behind it. Very mellow. Very delicious.

Read the blog about it here –
http://teatimewithsunny.blogspot.com/2012/02/adagio-rooibos-earl-grey.html

Overall, I enjoyed it naked…no sugar or any sweeteners or honey. Just Rooibos Earl Grey in the raw. It made a wonderful pot that I enjoyed to the last drop.

Thank you Adagio! You’ve done it again!

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1629 tasting notes

Not a fan of this herbal at all. I like gourmand rooibos blends or plain rooibos.

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Was dying to try and earl grey tea I had ordered but with the time of night decided to go with the Rooibos Earl Grey since it doesn’t have any caffeine. I found the tea very light and refereshing and now I can’t wait to try a true earl grey.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Very orangey and citrusy, this is more like a citrus rooibos than a rooibos earl grey. Perfectly pleasant, but I won’t seek it out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I did not enjoy this tea. I don’t like the way the earl grey flavor tasted with the rooibos. It was cloyingly sweet which did not go well with the floral tones. Maybe rooibos isn’t my thing.

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I really wanted to try Adagio Teas, and I had one of those free $5 gift cards, so I decided to get a sample pack of this, and it cost 75 cents in total (with shipping. I was so happy). I had really wanted a non-fruit or chamomile or peppermint decaffinated tea because my mom’s allergic to chamomile, and doesn’t like fruit teas very much, and we have a lot of peppermint right now. So I decided on this tea because we both love earl grey and rooibos.
I really like this tea. It sort of is a mini war, because the rooibos is so flavorful, and there is a nice amount of bergamot in here. But it works somehow. It’s sort of like you can taste both the rooibos and the earl grey at different times, but not really working together? I still really love this tea though, and will probably get more of it. I sort of wish there was more bergamot, because I love the bergamot flavor. Still, it’s yummy.

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Not sure if it’s just me or whether this is what the combination of rooibos and Earl grey is supposed to taste like, but I just couldn’t get into this tea. The aromatics were certainly inviting. Potent aromas of cinnamon bark, lemon peel, and orange from the leaf. I steeped this in a tea bag as Rooibos isn’t easy to strain well. The brewed tea was far from enjoyable. It tasted medicinal with a strong star anise like flavor accompanied by notes of clove, root beer, and menthol. All flavors which I otherwise enjoy but here it just tasted weird. I may need to try this with a little milk and sweetener as it’s just not doing it for me on it’s own.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Medicinal, Menthol, Root Beer, Star Anise

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEarleGreyHot

Do you normally like straight rooibos?

Mastress Alita

I have tried several rooibos EGs and have just come to the understanding that while I like rooibos and bergamot on their own, I do not like them together. Milk did help me finish off a bag in my stash, though.

LuckyMe

@TeaEartleGreyHot, it’s been a while since I’ve had straight rooibos. I’ll admit the smell is a little off putting but it takes the right flavoring to make it work. Like Mastress Alita, I can stomach it more easily with milk and sugar. One of the best drinks I ever had was a rooibos chai latte from a small cafe in Anaheim.

Cameron B.

Interesting that there are so many spiced notes when the ingredients don’t list any spices?

LuckyMe

@Cameron, rooibos is pretty spiced on it’s own. I reckon the combination of it and bergamot amped up some of the spice

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