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african solstice

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From the soul of South Africa, naturally caffeine-free, antioxidant-rich rooibos herb blended with the taste of berries, blossoms, and a wisp of sweet vanilla. A smooth and delicious cup.
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African Solstice

Customer Reviews

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser |5 of 5 stars

Steeping Guidelines

Steep for at least 5 minutes in boiling water.
Unlike tea, rooibos never grows bitter from steeping. Steep as long as you like.


rooibos, elderberries, rosehip, blueberries, mallow flowers, rose petals, natural flavoring (vanilla and berries)

Caffeine Level

Naturally Caffeine-Free
Naturally Caffeine-Free
African Solstice
Rooibos from South Africa, berries from Bulgaria and rosehips from Chile

Did You Know?

Afrikaans for "red bush," rooibos comes from the plant Aspalathus Linearis, which grows only in the Cedarberg area of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Rooibos has been consumed by Bushmen as an herbal remedy for centuries, but rooibos as we know it is a relatively recent invention. Techniques for producing Keemun black tea were imported from China and applied to rooibos in the early 20th century. A difficult plant to grow, cultivation techniques for Aspalathus Linearis weren't mastered until the 1930s.

Starting in the mid-20th century, rooibos consumption became very widespread in South Africa, spurred in part by beliefs that it can help with colic in babies. Generally consumed with milk and sugar in South Africa, rooibos has rapidly attained popularity in Europe and North America over the past decade or two, where it is often drunk without any additions.

More Info

Tea Type:  Herbal Tea

Origin:  South Africa

Rooibos is an Afrikaans word, meaning ‘red bush’. Rooibos tea, or bush tea, only grows in the ‘Cedarberg’ area (Afrikaans for Cedar Mountain), a very small part of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. This yellow flowered plant produces green needle-shaped leaves that are harvested in summer. The oxidation process transforms the green needle-shaped leaves into distinctive reddish-brown needles, giving it its name. The Rooibos needles are then processed in a similar way regular tea leaves are being processed. Rooibos is Antioxidants rich and contains no caffeine and tannins which can cause bitterness.

Tea Forté African Solstice also contains Elderberries and blueberries, which add a fruity depth to this Rooibos tea and are also rich in antioxidants.

Ruby red rosehips add an enticing balance of tart and sweet and are also rich in vitamin C, one of the safest and most effective immune-supporting nutrients.

Tea Forté Rooibos tea is balanced by adding mallow flowers, rose petals and natural vanilla flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Flavor: The tartness of the berries balance with the natural sweet of the rooibos for a rich, fruity cup
  • Aroma:  fresh, sun-ripened berries with a whisper of vanilla
  • Color:  bright orange-red liquor
  • Strength:  medium bodied, smooth
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Event Box

african solstice event box

48 pyramid infusers

Loose Leaf Tea Canister

african solstice loose leaf tea canister

35-50 servings

One Pound Loose Tea Pouch

african solstice one pound loose tea pouch

160 servings

loose leaf tea trios loose leaf tea trio- herbal

loose leaf tea trio- herbal loose leaf tea trios

one canister each: Mojito Marmalade (organic), African Solstice, Harvest Apple Spice


tea chest tea chest herbal

tea chest herbal tea chest

40 pyramid infusers, two infusers each of: African Solstice, Apricot Amaretto, Belgian Mint, Blueberry Merlot, Chamomile Citron, Cherry Cosmo, Citrus Mint, Coco Truffle, Crimson Nectar, Flora, Ginger Lemongrass, Harvest Apple Spice, Kiwi Lime Ginger, Lemon Lavender, Lemon Vervain, Mojito Marmalade, Orange Pomegranate, Peach Jubilee, Raspberry Nectar, Winter Chai


tea chest tea chest sampler

tea chest sampler tea chest

40 pyramid infusers, two infusers each of: Earl Grey, Orchid Vanilla, Ginger Lemongrass, English Breakfast, Chamomile Tisane, African Solstice, Black Currant, Formosa Oolong, Citrus Mint, Jasmine Green, Bombay Chai, White Ambrosia, Sencha, Estate Darjeeling, White Ginger Pear, Raspberry Nectar, Green Mango Peach, Hazelnut Turffle, Lemon Sorbetti, Blueberry Merlot.


single steeps® tea chest tea chest single steeps

tea chest single steeps single steeps® tea chest

28 pre-portioned pouches, one of each blend: African Solstice, Apricot Ameretto, Blood Orange, Bluberry Merlot, Bombay Chai, Caramel Nougat, Chamomile Citron, Cherry Marzipan, Coconut Chocolate Truffle, Coconut Mango Colada, Cucumber Mint, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Ginger Lemongrass, Green Mango Peach, Honey Yuzu, Jasmine Green, Lychee Coconut, Mojito Marmalde, Peach Brûlée, Peach Rhubard Preserve, Sencha, Swiss Apple, Tangerine Rosemary, Tupelo Honey Fig, White Ginger Pear, White Cinnamon Sage, Wild Apple Ginger


large tin world of teas

world of teas large tin

three pyramid infusers of each: Bombay Chai, Moroccan Mint, African Solstice, Estate Darjeeling, Sencha


medium tin world of teas

world of teas medium tin

one silken pyramid infuser each: Bombay Chai, Moroccan Mint, African Solstice, Estate Darjeeling, Sencha (organic), Swiss Apple (organic)


single steeps world of teas

world of teas single steeps

three each of the following blends: Bombay Chai, Moroccan Mint, African Solstice, Sencha, Estate Darjeeling


tea brewing gift sets world of teas

world of teas tea brewing gift sets

Includes Ten Single Steeps Loose Tea Pouches (2 each) of: Bombay Chai, Moroccan Mint, African Solstice, Sencha and Estate Darjeeling -Includes Pistachio Green KATI Cup


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Customer Reviews (35) Write a review

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser My favorite tea

This is definitely my favorite tea, it smells so sweet and it has a floral taste. I would recommend it to others. I'll be buying my next can soon!

07/31/15 | Danielle, Wilmington, NC

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Great tasting tea!

I got this tea a couple of years ago as a Christmas it is a great tasting tea and I would buy it again!

03/09/15 | Ben, Mansfield, TX

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser wonderfully flavorful

I had never tried a rooibos before, and tried it as the first in the sampler box to get it out of the way should I not like it. During steeping, it smells disturbingly like Robutussin, but I was determined to try it. It will be the first gone from the sample box because I love it. Didn't add a thing to it, and it is wonderfully flavorful.

01/24/15 | Anne, Conway, NH

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Such a beautiful taste!

I have a picky tongue. I brewed this in my kati cup and only put one teaspoon so it brewed pretty weak in 12 oz of water instead of 8 and I'll up the amount next time, however it was delicious! It smells heavenly and has a sweet, relaxing taste. I will probably drink this in spring and summer in the morning. I would definitely recommend this.

01/22/15 | Heidi, Nashville, TN

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser African Solstice

This tea is the best I've ever had. Got it in a gift sampler. Will order it in bulk. Strong but not bitter and smells like heaven.

12/27/14 | Beth, Tucson, AZ

infuser Disappointed

Thought it would be good and something that I would like after reading the description and some of the reviews. The vanilla smell and taste was overpowering to me. I love the English breakfast and will keep trying flavors until I find another one that I like.

09/29/14 | NATHAN , DERRY, NH

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser I got this as a gift

I got a gift set and this tea was great. I tried the roobios sampler on adagio teas and I didn't like any of them. I don't like to add sweetener to my teas and this one is perfect. It also is caffeine free as a bonus. I bought a big bag of it I loved it so much.

09/25/14 | Kevin, huntersville, NC

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser African Solstice

African Solstice was easily the best tea I've ever had and will have in my life.

08/16/14 | Lyn, Ottawa, Canada

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser The Fig Newton Tea!

So, yesterday I was up at central market, and I found this tea. I had no idea what to expect, so I bought it as a sort of random tea grab-bag for myself. When I got home, I opened the tin, got it all ready, and took a sniff, and let me tell you, this tea smells almost EXACTLY like fig newtons, but even better! It has sort of an extra sweetness and richness to its' scent over fig newtons, and that scent persists after you steep it, although while steeping, it starts to smell like oatmeal, the rich fig newton scent comes back once it's finished. The tea itself is also very pretty to look at, so that's also a plus. All in all, this is a really really nice tea! I would recommend that you try to get your own cheesecloth or teabags to use this with, because there's quite a few small particles that will come out into the tea if you don't use a really fine mesh steeping device, I suppose that's the natural quality of rooibos, since I'm a newbie to rooibos tea. Summary: If you like Fig Newtons, you will love this tea. If you like really sweet teas, this is your rooibos. If you don't like really sweet smelling teas and tend towards mroe grassy or herbal smells, this probably isn't your cup. It's a very, very nice tea for what it is, though, so I strongly recommend giving it a try!

02/12/14 | Anthony, Anonymous, OH

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser So Good It's Hard to Share

Tea Forte has taken it to the next level with this flavor. A friend gave this to me as a gift and it is my all-time favorite. I must admit that it is hard to share when people come over, but apparently my taste buds are selfish!

01/07/14 | T, Acton, MA

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Delicate, balanced flavor

I purchased a sampler box as a hostess gift for a friend, and then forgot to give it to her on arrival. I discovered the box when I returned home and decided to keep it for myself. I'm so happy that I did. I have enjoyed many of the teas from the box, but yesterday I decided to have the African Solstice. Right away I knew it was a rooibos by the aroma, but the combined fruits and vanilla intrigued me. There was such a large amount of tea in the infuser that I steeped it in a teapot, instead of a mug. I loved that it was enough to make a whole pot, and that it was very light when steeped this way. I never use sweeteners in tea, and this one certainly did not require any with the fruits giving it just a hint of sweetness. I have liked rooibos teas in the past, but this one puts all others to shame. Love, love, love it!

12/30/13 | Susan, Marysville, OH

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser One of my favorites

This is a great tea & absolutely one of my favorites. I just had 2 in my Forte sampler box, but am going back to order it in the loose leaf tin. This is my first rooibos type tea & to me it has more substance & depth than the herbal teas I'm accustomed to. I'll be trying the other rooibos teas after having success with this one. Give it a try!

12/14/13 | sallie, Kamuela, HI

infuser infuser infuser infuser Fruity

This is a nice blend that smells wonderful in the tin and is very pleasant in the cup. It has a distinct, mild undertone of raspberry, which I like. Because of this, I am looking forward to trying some of their other raspberry teas. I also think this would be a good iced tea, though I have yet to prepare it that way.

06/23/13 | Denise , Pomeroy, OH

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser the best

i received a sampler box as a gift and only had one african solstice. i loved it so much, i went looking for more at a nearby store but they didn't carry african solstice. i was so upset! however, i was able to special order two tins of loose tea leaves. ahh, this tea is heavenly. it has a semi sweet undertone but not powerful like a fruit flavor tea. and the hint of vanilla is just divine. this will be my all-time tea from now on. good job, tea forte

06/06/13 | amt, san jose, CA

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser this is one of my teas

I tried this at a cafe recently and I have to say this is one of my teas. My friend and I both enjoyed it. Now if only I could find a place that sells it here.

04/14/13 | Sydney, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser I Love It

I have ulcerative colitis and a lot of coffee's and tea's have me sick . A doctor friend of mine had me to try the African Solstice and it was wonderful it didn't upset my body at all. Now I drink it cold & hot to relax my stomach all the time and it taste delicious. Bravo TeaForte

04/02/13 | YOLANDE, New Orleans, LA

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Simply wonderful

I first tried African Solstice as part of a sampler pack of pyramid infusers and I knew I had to buy more of it. If anything, the loose tea is better than the pre packed tea as it allows you to use what provides the best flavor profile for your tastes. This tea tastes exactly like you imagine it would based upon the ingredients. Best of all, the berries impart their own natural sweetness that results in the tea requiring little or no sugar to enhance the taste. Definitely one of my favorites, I will continue to purchase.

03/17/13 | Kimberly , Nyack, NY

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser One of my favs!

I have recently become obsessed with Tea Forte and the African Solstice is a top 5! I have yet to try one that i didn't like.

01/23/13 | Jason, Fresno, CA

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Love at first sip

I received a tea forte sampler for xmas 2012. As soon as I opened the package of African Solstice and inhaled the aroma I knew I had found something very special. The anticipation while the tea was steeping was rewarded with wonderful surprise of the flavor. I added a touch of honey and did not find it too sweet. I LOVE this tea and will definitely order a good supply!

01/04/13 | Elizabeth, Madison, AL

infuser infuser Maybe if I had a cold...

I would like this better. The smell when I opened it was cloyingly sweet, so I was a bit skeptical. Upon first brew, I put in the usual amount of sweetener. I couldn't drink it. It took me a minute to figure out why, but my brain finally caught up to my sense of taste and informed me that it tasted like cough syrup. I figured I'd give it another shot, this time without all the sweetener. That thick, medicinal fruity flavor was still there. Once I got it in my head that it tasted like cough syrup, I couldn't even stand the scent. I asked my husband if he would drink it. He sniffed it and was not interested. I ended up sending the canister to a friend. She's never mentioned it, so I have no idea if she liked it or not... I was disappointed because this tea had such good reviews. To each his/her own I guess...

12/26/12 | Ashley, Arcadia Valley, MO

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser My favorite tea

Fighting jet lag on my first evening in Ireland, the waitress suggested African Solstice after dinner. She brought it on its special tray with its tea pot and matching cup. I was enchanted by the presentation and noted the unique aroma. Sipping the tea without any additions, I thought it was the best tea I'd ever tasted. I returned to the restaurant several times and ordered the tea. When I came home, I search the Internet until I found Tea Forte.

11/28/12 | Christina, Austin, TX

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Wonferful flavor

a great tea- bought it for a tea party and came back to buy two more cans for myself and more for Christmas gifts!

11/26/12 | rosalind, Pleasanton, CA

infuser Not my favorite

In fact, I thought it was awful. I'll stick with my green teas. Love Tea forte!

11/14/12 | Serena, Ocala, FL

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Addicting

This is the most delicious tea ever. I've never tasted anything like it. Other teas don't compare. It is so flavorful and complex, yet delicate. The combination of the berries and vanilla are the perfect blend.

11/13/12 | Angelica, Memphis, TN

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser From Africa with love!

I have never found a non-caffeinated tea that I liked. They're always too weak & without much flavor in my opinion. This tea has changed my opinion of herbal tea. As soon as you pour on the hot water, the fragrance hits your nose & you know it's going to be wonderful! I drink it with milk & sugar & it has such a smooth & flavorful taste, it just satisfies my desire for a nice "cuppa" as we say in England. Way to go, Tea Forte!!

07/05/12 | Wendye, Las Vegas, NV

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Absolutely delicious

I received this as a present with the Kati infuser (which I also love!) and I cannot stop drinking it. It is simply one of the tastiest teas I have ever had and currently my favorite.

12/28/11 | Natasha, Washington, DC

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Best tea ever

I think the African Solstice is the best tea I've ever tasted. I received a variety pack of Tea Forte teas as a gift and when I tried the solstice, I was blown away!

11/28/11 | Ken, Pittsburgh, PA

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Delicious!

I first tasted the African Solstice at Framer's Touch, in Forest Grove, Oregon. After I headed home the taste lingered in my mouth. I couldn't get the tea out of my mind. I have since gone back and purchased two boxes. It is now my very favorite tea! And ... I am not a big tea fan but the African Solstice is now at the top of my list! It has just the right amount of everything.

11/22/11 | Jilliej, forest Grove, OR

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser delicious

I came across the Tea Forte brand at a local specialty store. I purchased a box with several different teas, and fell in love with the African Solstice herbal tea. I have been drinking tea since I was a small child and am an aficionado. I have a cabinet full of teas of every imaginable flavor. Right now, I have been drinking African Solstice everyday and the other teas are languishing behind closed doors. Bravo to Tea Forte.

08/18/11 | Martha V., Metropolis, IL

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser Excellent! Wondeful even without sugar

I've been a fan of Tea Forte's blends for about a year, but only recently tried African Solstice. I wish I hadn't waited so long. It's now my favorite. The aroma is amazing and the flavor is so wonderful, you really don't need to add a thing. I usually brew it in a large pot and use it for iced tea. If I do that, I add just a tad bit of natural sugar. But if I drink it hot, I don't add a thing. It's so tasty just as it is. I hope Tea Forte never stops offering this blend.

06/25/10 | Rhonda, Washington, DC, DC

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser best tea I have ever sampled

This is by far the best tea I have ever sampled! I just had to share it with my family and friends!!

05/06/10 | Megan, Greenwood, SC

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser simply delicious

Mmmmm... simply delicious!

12/05/09 | Wendy, Lennox Head, Australia

infuser infuser infuser infuser "The scent of the tea is absolutely divine!"

"African Solstice from Tea Forté brings the best of those favorite flavors to life. The scent of the tea is absolutely divine! It smells like fresh, sun-ripened berries, with just a whisper of vanilla." <p>Read the full detailed review at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

09/29/09 | Cindy, Webmaster Tea Forté, MA

infuser infuser infuser infuser infuser One Sip and I Was Hooked

In a little specilaty shop last weekend, I was given a sample of this tea. I'm a die-hard coffee drinker, but always wished I could find a tea I really enjoyed for the benefits of the antioxident and health properties (although I do confess to being a Chai Latte addict which is not even close to being a healthy habit), and this one is it! I purchased a large box of the silk infusions that day, and made my first visit to the website today. I'm looking forward to enjoying this delicious tea often, and am so happy to have discovered tea forte`!

06/24/09 | Inez, Baltimore, MD

infuser infuser infuser infuser It's great even without sugar

I prefer caffeinated teas, but this was perfect for when I was nursing and avoiding caffeine. I loved the taste of vanilla. It's great even without sugar.

05/21/09 | Mylinda, Cartersville, GA