Rooibos can be translated loosely as “red bush”, which is a slightly misleading name, since this plant is green with yellow flowers. It is evident that this does not refer to the tea, nevertheless it is frequently associated with the tea due to the similar preparation method and certain shared medicinal properties such as antioxidant effects. The Rooibos plant, which with only few exceptions grows exclusively in South Africa, gains its typical red colour during the oxidation process, during which the typical sweet taste of this “non-tea” is formed.
People in China drink Ku Ding Cha in place of classic green tea, despite the fact that this is not an actual tea (Camellia sinensis), but a herb. The word Cha in the name is thus somewhat misleading. We also see in the name the word "Ku", which means "bitter" and "Ding", which is a Pinyin transcription of the Chinese character which looks like a point.
Lovers of sweet beverages should not overlook this Rooibos with the flavour of chocolate pralines. Few are able to resist the aroma and taste of fine chocolates which melt on the tongue. The aroma of chocolate pieces and other sensual ingredients is accompanied by the delicate, sour-sweet aroma of the African Rooibos bush. The taste of the resulting beverage is thus very delicate, fruity, sour-sweet, lightly spicy, all wrapped in a dominant, creamy chocolate coating.
We always prepare this seasonal tea blend at the end of summer, and it is sought out by customers right until the end of winter. Because it comes onto the market during the Christmas season, it is often called “Christmas tea” by customers. Since time immemorial the aroma of oranges and cinnamon has been associated with the coming of Christmas.