Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Stateside Steeps post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Matcha Alternatives – Keep Calm Lavender Rose Rooibos. The team behind Matcha Alternatives very kindly sent me a few of their blends to try and as good as all of the blend they sent sounded I’ve been having trouble sleeping at the moment so I wanted to review this particular blend first to see if over the next few days it might help me get a little bit more sleep. When they asked me to pick a few blends from their site that I wanted to try, I read through the ingredients list of this blend and not only did it sound delicious but it also sounded like it was going to be such a relaxing cup so it had to be put on the list and I couldn’t wait to try it and see if it was going to be as delicious and relaxing as it’s ingredients made it sound.
Here’s what Matcha Alternatives themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Imagine travelling through the lavender fields of southern France, the sweet scent of lavender in the air. This rooibos will transport you there, with its fruity yet floral scent and taste. Lavender helps you relax, so you feel calm and balanced, with this naturally decaf tea”
Rooibos, Lavender, Rose Petals, Currants, Rosehips, All Natural Flavors
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways: on it’s own (hot) and with just honey added (hot). I made the decision not to try this with milk as the floral notes from the rose and the lavender weren’t very strong at all in the aroma of this blend when it was in the bag and I think the addition of something like milk definitely overpowered them and I didn’t want to waste any of this blend to end up with a disappointing cup. As you all know by now I’m sure, Rooibos is not something I normally reach for as I much prefer Honeybush but this blend is actually really nice and unlike other Rooibos blends I’ve had it was mellow, subtly woody and slightly earthy, smooth and didn’t taste like cough syrup like some other rooibos blends I’ve had.
On it’s own without the addition of the honey the rose and the lavender were both present but in my opinion could have done with being a bit stronger. The rose added a subtle natural sweetness to the aftertaste and both floral elements complemented the flavour profile of the Rooibos very well. However ,with the addition of just a teaspoon of honey those floral notes come much more to the forefront of this blend and in my opinion it makes it much more of a well rounded cup overall.
It’s definitely a relaxing cup to drink and I love how smooth it is but I definelty would have loved for those florals to be strong enough without the added addition of honey because I’m trying to cut down on how much I use it. It does make this blend taste much more well rounded and if you’re a floral lover you will want to add it because they aren’t strong enough without it. The currants, I’ll be honest, didn’t add much to this blend and the same goes for the rosehips, I couldn’t pick notes from either of them out as had they not had been included in this blend for me it wouldn’t effect anything.
It’s was very relaxing too drink and I think I’m going to try and have a cup of this each night before bed over the next week or so to see if it might help me a little bit with the sleep problems I’ve been having. I’m also going to experiment with steeping times to see if those florals my come through little stronger the longer I steep it and then maybe I would need to add honey. I have hope for this blend yet and I’m hoping I can find the perfect way to prepare this blend to my taste.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.5/5
If you want to find out more about Matcha Alternatives and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley