Honeybush and rooibos normally send me a-runnin’, but I thought I’d give this a chance since I happened to really enjoy Birthday Cake. Some reviewers have sung high praises of this one and even said that they prefer this one. Really! So another exception, I must make.
The picture is showing tiny cubes of caramel. I don’t think I got any in my ten grams. Granted, what are the odds when you buy that little. I have a feeling the caramel plays a pivotal role here.
Why? Because dry, this doesn’t smell nearly as rich and maple-y as Birthday Cake. This is further reflected in the taste. I don’t get nearly as much maple or creaminess as I do in Birthday Cake either. A very small hint of maple, but for me, the honeybush is overpowering the silky maple.
I added milk, which placed a damper on the honeybush, but not enough. The maple is still weak. But it’s not as bad as other rooibos and honeybush blends I’ve experienced in the past.
Honeybush, rooibos, and I were just not meant to be together.