green rooibos

Tea Review: The Honest Leaf’s Fresh (Green Rooibos)

July 14, 2016 in Herbal Tea / Tea Review

The Honest Leaf story began in the winter of 2012 when Shelby put together holiday tea gift baskets for friends and family. Her mission was to give the gift of warmth and good health during the holiday season. In the months following, Shelby decided to take her passion for health and wellness and combine it with her love for tea.  She created a line of wellness teas that specifically targeted various systems in the body.” Here are my thoughts on a green rooibos blend that focuses on immunity.


Country of Origin: South Africa

Ingredients: Organic Green Rooibos, Organic Ginger, Lemon grass & Lemon grass oil

Water Temperature: 98 degrees Celsius 

Steep Time: 5 minutes


Dry Leaf: finely cut, light green, burst of citrus

Wet Leaf: clean, grassy tones and sweet nectar

Liquor: soft golden colour, fresh lemon and ginger aroma

First Sip Thought: “Green tea?”

Tasting Notes: What makes green rooibos different from the traditional red rooibos is that it is not processed the same. The green rooibos leaves are withered and steamed to prevent oxidation, which is why it also remains green. It’s been a while since I’ve had green rooibos so I was really looking forward to trying this one from The Honest Leaf. I think the last time I had a green rooibos blend it was artificially flavoured, so the honest ingredients here won me over instantly. This green rooibos blend is powered by a refreshing lemon flavour. The warm ginger is definitely still noticeable. However, it is much more of a light zing for me. I especially love the natural sweetness the herbal tea blend provides. Usually when I indulge in teas with lemon my instant reaction is to add honey because of it being too strong in the citrus department. I didn’t find that here though. It is a very smooth steep, and bitterness is not a factor. Push the flavouring aside, the green rooibos has a light body with mild woody and grassy notes. Sometimes I often had to remind myself I wasn’t drinking a green tea.  


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  • Reply Anna @TheTeaSquirrel July 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I cannot wait to try it! I’ve never had green rooibos but it sounds really delicious!

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