Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with a Stateside Steeps post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Matcha Alternatives – Mardi Gras Rooibos. I’ve had some fantastic experiences with Matcha Alternatives so going into this tasting session I definitely had high expectations. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one specifically since the box of tisanes they sent arrived at my house because it smelt delicious combined with the Mardi Gras theme this blend took me right back to staying at Port Orleans French Quarter at Walt Disney World. We visited in 2017 and loved it and this just took me right back to the lobby taking in all of the sights, smells and sounds for the first time and smelt like it would be the perfect tea to pair with French Quarter beignets. I was definitely eager to see if it was going to taste as good as it smelt and to see if it lived up to it themes/inspiration.
Here’s what Matcha Alternatives have to say about this blend over on their website: “In an instant, you’re revelling in the streets of New Orleans while jazz fills the air and the magic of Mardi Gras takes over: That’s what this rooibos can do!
The brilliant colours of red, yellow, blue and pink mix with the heady taste of marzipan in this fun-filled loose-leaf.”
Ingredients: Rooibos, Calendula petals, Thistle petals, Cornflower Petals, All Natural Flavors
Tisane Tasting Notes
Just like all other Matcha Alternatives blends I’ve tried, this has a fantastic rooibos base, smooth, naturally sweet, woody, earthy and with a subtle honey like note. The dry aroma smelt just like marzipan with a subtle rooibos aroma behind it. However the marzipan was at the forefront and reminded me of frangipane. Once I started to steep this blend the aroma took a bit of a change and instead of the strong unmistakable marzipan aroma this blend started to smell just like almond biscotti. The aroma took my back to Manchester Christmas markets and made me so excited for Christmas.
If terms of taste I tried the two ways, on its own hot and with just honey added hot. I would say I enjoyed it a little more with the little bit of honey added but both cups were delicious and it tastes just like almost biscotti, there is even a slight vanilla note in there and an overall biscuty feel. The marzipan/almond notes were subtler than I thought they would be when it comes to taste but they are very much still present and pair perfectly the the natural woody, earthy, naturally sweet, somewhat nutty, vanilla notes of the rooibos base. The reason I tried this with honey as well is because I wondered if a little added sweeter would amplify the marzipan notes at all and luckily it did and to me this blend was perfect once I added in the honey.
With that little added sweetness it replicates the taste of almond biscotti perfectly which definitely made me question why rooibos isn’t used readily as a base for biscotti inspired blend. To me it works perfect and to me the marzipan/almond note pairs much more perfectly with rooibos and its natural flavour profile much better than it does black tea. Having a cup of this works great for an sweet after dinner treat and I definitely see myself reaching for this over the next few nights when I’m trying to wind down and get cosy before going to bed. I definitely feel like even with the honey and the slightly amplified marzipan notes, milk would definitely overpower that note and really ruin the balance of this blend. I’ll definitely be drinking this with just honey added until I run out of the bag I have.
Overall I really enjoyed this blend and the fact that I can enjoy it both on its own and with honey is a big thing for me as I can never normally drink rooibos without both honey and milk added. I’m really thankful I was giving the chance to try out some of Matcha Alternatives blends as they have definitely helped me learn to love rooibos. It’s not quite taken over my love of honeybush just yet but I don’t think it’s too far off.
Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5
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 leave 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 paid for*