When I opened the bag and that maple smell wafted up, I got a bit nervous. Oh, no, I thought, not Oh Canada again. (I’m planning on trying Oh Canada again someday, on the theory that I got a bad or old batch, but right now the not-delicious memory is too fresh.)
Fortunately, that maple aroma doesn’t come through anywhere in the taste. It’s creamy to start with, in a vanilla frosting sort of way, and that flavor just builds up until the cake portion comes through. I found it plenty sweet on its own – even when I tried it iced, the frosting flavor remains intact with a hint of sweetness. I actually think that if I got more of this, I’d try mixing it with some other rooibos blends, to see if that would lend that creamy feel to other flavors. A nice dessert-y nightcap.