Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Stateside Steeps post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Matcha Alternatives – Toffeelicious Rooibos. If you’ve been reading my blog for at least the past month you’ll know that I recently tried their Keep Calm Rooibos and really enjoyed it so ever since trying that I’ve been really excited to try another one of their Rooibos blends to see if it was going to be just as nice as that first one.
As I’m sure you’ll all know we’ll enough by now I’m not the biggest Rooibos fan and will normally reach for Honeybush over it so when companies like Matcha Alternatives are able to create delicious Rooibos based blends they definitely earn major points with me.
Here’s what Matcha Alternatives have to say about this blend over on their website: “Toffee in a teapot, and smelling of burnt sugar and butter
Serve after dinner as a decadent loose-leaf dessert tea – your toffee cravings will be met, healthily and happily! Naturally decaf and calorie-free, this rooibos blend is also a perfect sleep tea, and has more antioxidants than matcha.”
Ingredients: Rooibos, Caramel pieces, Calendula petals, All Natural Flavors
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: on it’s own (hot), With just honey added (hot) and then with both honey and milk added (hot). Out of all of them that I tried I think the one I had with honey added was my favourite. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it on it’s own because I definitely did, its just that the caramel/toffee notes in there were not strong enough for me and adding in a little bit of honey amplified those elements a little and stopped this from being just a slightly caramel flavoured Rooibos. I think that had the bag of this tea had any caramel pieces in like it states on the ingredients list those notes would have been stronger and this would have been a perfect blend for me it’s wouldn’t have needed any added sweetener and it would be much better balanced. But I emptied out the whole blend to make sure they hadn’t settled at the bottom and alas, there were none, leaving me a little bit disappointed honestly. The blend smelt fantastic but didn’t fully deliver everything it promised.
The sweeter notes I get from this are burnt sugar-esque with a very subtle caramel underpinning. The Rooibos base is by far the star of the blend but I’ll give it to Matcha Alternatives, the Rooibos they use of their bases is some of the best Rooibos I’ve had and that’s a big thing coming from me as I’ve never been a huge fan of Rooibos. It’s smooth, rich, woody and ever so slightly nutty. There’s also a delicious buttery note to this blend, I’m not quite sure which ingredient is causing it but I am definitely not complaining. It’s like the kind of sweet buttery note you would find in a really fancy french pastry and does make this feel a smidge more indulgent.
Because the caramel/toffee/burnt sugar sweet element of this blend isn’t very prominent the addition of milk onto this completely overpowers it and you can not pick it out at all once that milk is in there and it just tastes like a rooibos latte with not addition notes. To try and get that caramel/toffee/burnt sugar note a little strong I experimented with lots of different steeping times for a few days after my initial tasting session for this blend but there was no steeping time that effected the strength of those notes. All the longer steeping times did was straighten the overall Rooibos taste which is great for lattes but not great for what this blend was trying to achieve. I did enjoy this as the Rooibos is fantastic as I said earlier, but it’s probably not one I would personally repurchase unless it was re-blended and that particular element was much more prominent. But as I always say everyones tastes are different so don’t let my personal opinions stop you from trying this blend, you never know you may just end up loving it
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.1/5
If you want to find out more about Matcha Alternatives and purchase some of this blend to try 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 answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been reviewed*