You will be amazed how similar this rooibos blend resembles the dessert. Carrots have actually been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive. Its interesting when you look in history and read how a certain method or alternative came about. We are very resourceful as humans. Take something away and we will find something else to replace it. Carrot cakes however, didn't become common here in the states until the 1960's. They were first a novelty item, but when people liked them so much it became a regular item offered in restaurants and bakeries. The natural nutty sweetness rooibos has melds perfectly with the walnuts and cinnamon which are very prevalent in the "real" thing. All that's missing is the cream cheese frosting.
Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Purchase: Fusion Teas
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1½ teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 8-10 minutes
This week has already gotten off to a terrible start. I woke up yesterday morning to find my beautiful spring weather gone. We had at least six inches of snow over night. I thought we were over and done with that, but mother nature had other plans for us. So much for our unseasonably warm weather (I should have known it wouldn't last.)
The discovery of snow put me in a somewhat foul mood and when I'm in a mood I crave sweet things. I've been trying hard curb my sweet tooth because there has been entirely too much chocolate in my diet lately. I never thought I would admit to that, but the last few months I've been working on brownies and molded chocolates. Those projects haven't done my waistline any favors. If I want to fit in the dress I bought last week, then I can't keep eating chocolate with my breakfast. Instead, I pulled out my stash of dessert teas. They're the perfect mood stabilizer and don't leave me feeling nearly as guilty as devouring a chocolate bar for breakfast.
I knew that somewhere in my tea bin was a sample of Carrot Cake Rooibos from Fusion Teas that would knock the edge off my cravings for something sweet. I love carrot cake, but I have yet to find a tea that tastes like a liquid version of my favorite treat. I know that is a high bar, but I keep hoping something will live up to my expectations. Unfortunately this tea wasn't quite what I was looking for. It has some of the right flavors, but it uses the same cake flavoring that many other carrot cake blends use. I find that it tastes more like maple than cake and the overwhelming sweetness masks the flavors of the spices. Since carrot cake is generally heavily spiced I would have expected the cinnamon to play a heavier roll in this blend. Overall, I found this a bit of a letdown in the flavor department, but it did fill my need for something sweet.
My Rating: 69/100
Would I order this again? No. This doesn't quite live up to the name.