Last Updated: Dec 22, 2021 @ 7:12 pm.

What is the best Rooibos tea? Pronounced "roy-boss", this herbal tea is native to South Africa but has seen a surge in popularity. We tried several brands of rooibos tea, which is also sometimes called African red tea or red bush tea. Here are the ones that won our taste tests.

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Finding the Best Rooibos Tea: Our Tests

When we test an item like rooibos tea, we like gathering the herbal tea enthusiasts among our readers and ask for their favorites.

Then we do a blind taste test—we find that helps focus us on flavor, not the brand or packaging.

For this article, we tried out a dozen different brands. Yes, this tea is caffeine-free and can be used in cooking—it is quite low in tannins, that chemical that can leave a bitter taste.

Here are the winners of our rooibos tea challenge:

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Best Organic

So smooth
The sweet, nutty flavor notes are the star here—we love this single origin rooibos tea!
$14.99 ($2.20 / Ounce)

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Best Full-Bodied Tea

Good bang for the buck
This tea is a great choice for chai and we loved it either hot or cold. Also nice: the foil-lined bag is resealable.
$19.99 ($0.20 / Count)

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Best For Iced Tea

Very delicious
The earthy flavor of this tea was a standout—a particular favorite for iced tea fans among our tasters. So flavorful!
$14.95 ($14.95 / Count)

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Best Budget-Friendly

No bitterness
Yes, rooibos tea can get pricey—this tea is full-bodied and delicious, yet at a price that is easier on the wallet.
$10.92 ($10.92 / Count)

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