Well, I know I love carrot cake, and I love a cup of rooibos. So, why not combine the two? That's exactly what you have here! Just as you'd expect, all the spices and flavor of a cream cheese iced carrot cake!
Ingredients: Rooibos, spices, carrot bits, flavor
Leaf Type: Rooibos (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Della Terra
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 6oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 2 - 5 minutes
Back in late August Della Terra hosted a webinar to launch the Harvest Collection and while the lineup has changed a bit from what they first announced, I was excited to see that Carrot Cake made the cut. I have to admit, I absolutely love carrots. My husband thinks I'm a bit nuts when I get in the mood for a snack and pull out a bag of baby carrots and a tub of onion and chive cream cheese. Now that you know about my love of carrots it shouldn't be a shock when I tell you that my all-time favorite dessert is without a doubt carrot cake. When I won the Della Terra giveaway at the end of the webinar I immediately knew that I would choose this tea. I mean, what could be better than your favorite dessert without all the extra calories and sugar?
Absolutely nothing. Can you tell I had high expectations for this tea?
Della Terra's dessert teas have been a bit hit or miss with me. I can really appreciate what they're trying to recreate and the difficulty of translating something as complicated as a cake into liquid form; however, many of them just don't live up to my expectations. Before I sat down to write my review tonight I managed to polish off most my sample. I kept trying to put my finger on what wasn't quite right about the blend and why it fell so short of my expectations. Lets start by looking at the basic ingredients for carrot cake.
Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger
Vanilla and brown sugar for sweetness
Add ins: raisins, pineapple, walnuts - these add more texture than flavor in the actual cake
Cream Cheese Frosting
Those are all the things that need to be present for this tea to work and so many of them were missing. I liked the choice of the rooibos base. The flavor of the rooibos doesn't stand out, it just hangs out in the background, lending an almost nutty flavor. It made a great replacement for the walnuts you would generally find in a carrot cake. Surprisingly enough, this tea had a distinct carrot flavor you could pick out every so often. There are huge chunks of freeze dried carrot in the dry leaf as well as what looks to be pineapple and raisin. I had a hard time telling for sure since they aren't listed in the ingredients.
The strongest flavor of this tea was the cake flavoring, which is somewhat reminiscent of butter, brown sugar and vanilla. I think it fails to remind me of carrot cake because it tastes buttery and spice cakes such as carrot cake don't tend to have butter in them. What is missing from this tea is the one thing that I expected to stand out the most and what would have given it a lot more depth. I just can not taste the spices. I can vaguely pick out the cinnamon, but it is hidden under the overpowering cake flavoring. The cream cheese frosting is just no where to be found.
The lack of depth in this tea was such a disappointment to me, so I'll just have to continue on my search for the perfect carrot cake tea.
My Rating: 69/100
Would I order this again? No. I believe this uses the same cake flavoring as Upside Down Rooibos as well as several other Della Terra blends. The flavoring overwhelms everything else leaving all of those teas tasting extremely similar.
I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I won this tea in a giveaway Della Terra hosted coinciding with the release of the Harvest Collection teas. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.