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Made this to go with chocolate chip cookies my brother-in-law made to go in the cookie pocket of a mug my sister bought me. It cooled before I started drinking and I’m not loving it. It’s just sort of cloying without a distinctive cookie taste. Check out the pic here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWzbk2Itr6r/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Gave this a fairly long infusion (not totally intentional) and I like the result. Sweet, a little tangy, definitely kind of jammy. Certainly a bit reminiscent of cranberry sauce. I did use a fair bit of tea for this cup as well, though, so not the most economical tea.

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This tea fell by the wayside by accident, from a sub box I believe. It wasn’t too bad – I wanted more flavour, particularly the cream, but it was definitely somewhat sweet from the raisins. I think some additional breadiness would also have been useful.

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There’s a familiarity to me about this blend – and I don’t think that it’s because it’s reminding me of anything else from Dessert by Deb. I get a lot of front end cinnamon flavour but then the finish was more sweet and maple-y with an almost creaminess to it. Did it remind me of a Snickerdoodle? Yeah, maybe a little? But it’s more just bugging me that it definitely did remind me of something else. Like, it was almost like a cinnamon gingerbread kind of vibe? I don’t know, hard to nail down right now…

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This isn’t my favorite. It’s a fine hojicha, but I’m not getting any apple or turnover. A bit of spice, but definitely no baked notes.

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This is SO GOOD. Fresh, juicy peach combined with lightly spiced crumbly baked topping. This is a great representation of Deb’s talents.

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I’m not really into the cinnamon flavour here, and I don’t think I’m a big fan of these matcha blends either. Not a favourite, but I’m also not the biggest fan of cinnamon teas in general, so not surprised.

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drank Boba Milk Tea by Dessert by Deb
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Made this as an iced latte and it’s so weird because it actually tastes like an unflavoured boba milk tea. It’s got black tea flavour but is also creamy and has a bunch of brown sugar notes. Just needs the tapioca pearls…

Check out the pic of the latte here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CV8ZEwRrTbL/?utm_medium=copy_link

Dustin

It looks so bright and sunny where you are!

VariaTEA

It was a relatively warm/sunny weekend for November in Ontario :)

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81

Really enjoying this one. Such a tasty strawberry flavor.

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This was very kindly included as a sample in a recent order with Deb. This is actually better than I expected, and I’m glad I got to try it. The strawberry flavoring very much reminds me of strawberry Nesquik- super sweet creamy strawberry. Not getting any of the intense coconut or maple flavors that can sometimes overwhelm Deb’s blends.

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This was neither overwhelming or underwhelming. Just kind of “whelming”, if you will. The hojicha is nice; it’s a pleasant light to medium roast with some brassy mineral notes to it in addition to that charred nuttiness. The apple is present, but a little flat – definitely tastes me of dehydrated apple slices than a more caramelized and rich “baked apple” flavour. I got a hint of the spice and a faint taste of maple. I think with some doctoring up I could make this into a very nice cuppa, but as is there are elements that just seem to be lacking some life.

Evol Ving Ness

Haha—middle whelming then

gmathis

I like middle-whelming. As Sheldon and Amy would say, “Let’s make that the word of the day!”

Evol Ving Ness

I’m writing it down. Such an appropriate word for the type of tea it describes.

Cameron B.

Sometimes you just feel whelmed. XD

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Coconut. So much coconut. It does taste kind of like a danish, but a coconut danish. Not getting any pumpkin, and not really getting any pumpkin spice either.

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Placed a small fall order with Deb, which arrived yesterday. This is a tasty flavored hojicha, but not quite pumpkin. I guess that makes sense, as there is nothing that would give it a squashiness, just a pumpkin spice flavor. That’s basically what this is- a cinnamon hojicha. Tasty, but not something I need to get again.

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This is a nice example of a chai. I can’t recall specifically tasting maple, per se, but it fits my chai preferences pretty well, apparently (not overly heavy on the cinnamon or ginger, good dose of cardamom). Not a repurchase but I’ll enjoy what I have, possibly as a latte.

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I really debated quite heavily if I wanted to order this tea or not, but in the end I decided I would be more frustrated by not trying it and having the taste be this big question mark for me than I would be by buying it and not loving it. Now to be fair I did let my mug steep for much longer than I had initially intended, but my main reservation was that it would be too much lavender since Deb seems to have a really liberal hand when adding lavender to her teas and… well, it’s kind of too much lavender.

It’s just so thick and floral that the heady notes of pungent lavender are really covering everything else except for the briskness of the black tea. I will do my best to not make a snap judgement since my steeping of this mug was not what I’d intended it to be. However, it’s a bit disappointing. Still, better (at least to me) than not knowing.

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I’ve seen this one on Deb’s site for a while but never felt compelled to order it since coffee isn’t really my forte, however she included it as a free sample in my last order and I’m glad she did because it surprised me in a very pleasant way! I do think I’d expected more cream/vanilla from a tiramisu tea but at it’s core all the flavours I think should be present for this profile are actually there in varying degrees and that’s not something I feel can be said for all of Deb’s blends.

Coffee is the strongest flavour and it’s a surprisingly roasty and woody tasting coffee as well, but I like the roast level a lot and I think it does a good job of offsetting some sweetness from the chocolate/cocoa and the naturally sweeter rooibos base. It’s also distinctly roasty without being aggressively so or overpowering all the flavours completely. The overall profile reminded me a lot of a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar!?

It’s good! And I could always add milk/make as a latte if I did want more creaminess.

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This was a yummy tea, with a nice natural-tasting dark berry flavor to it. I would say maybe dried or jammy blueberry? The sweetness melds well with the berry and gives it a pie or crumble filling-like taste.

I will say, I found the ginger to be a bit inconsistent. This cup is lovely, with a nice amount of warmth, but the last cup I had was a bit of ginger overload and the spiciness overpowered the fruit flavor. Regardless, I would consider ordering this one for the fall and winter months if it were still around… Oh well!

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Ginger, Jam, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Ah, a bit of redemption!

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I really like this one! It totally does remind me of a mixed berry crisp with a gingery spiced topping. It’s maybe blueberry-esque from the elderberry? But the slight tartness from the hibiscus gives a bit more dimension. It is sweet, but not overly so, and it doesn’t taste flat like a lot of the other maple-heavy teas tend to.

A shame that this is no longer around… :(

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Elderberry, Ginger, Jam, Pastries, Spices, Sugar, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Not my favorite, but it’s not a bad tea. I’m mostly getting a butter rum sort of note along with the toasted rice in this last cup, and there’s less sugar which is an improvement. Still not something I would order but I’m glad to finish it off on a high note.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Grain, Rum, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I feel like I’ve had this same tea several times before from Deb… Butter Toffee Cream, Maple Butter Shortbread, Salted Caramel Pancakes? All sort of butter-caramel flavored with black tea and rooibos, with or without coconut. They’re not identical, but they all taste very same-y to me.

So this is very similar to the above teas, heavy on the butter and maple sugar with woody rooibos notes. The toasted rice does add something slightly different, but it’s also somewhat overpowered by all the sugary bits (this blend has maple crystals and brown sugar AND honey).

It’s too sweet for me, and I’m a bit bored of this flavor profile from Deb at this point. But thank you, Deb, for the free sample with my order!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Coconut, Maple, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet, Thick, Toasted Rice, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Omg, this sounds like a good tea to mix with another tea with different types of issues.

gmathis

Agreed. Thinning it out with a reasonable black tea sounds like a good idea.

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Truthfully I didn’t pay a ton of attention to this cup as I drank it because I was also playing a video game at the same time, but I remember thinking that I was yet again really impressed with another of Deb’s matcha dusted teas – they seem to catch me off guard each time I try them. In this case, it was the combination of the light and vegetal matcha with a very bright pop of lime. I liked the lime flavour a lot, though the overall cup was pretty light/mild. Is this the first time Deb has worked with lime!? I’m not sure.

Will have to try again with more attention given, and also think more about the “pie” aspect and if I feel like it’s been captured well in addition to just the taste of the lime…

Cameron B.

I don’t usually care for Deb’s matcha green teas, but the lime really made this one for me.

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This one sounds so good in name, but doesn’t deliver on the taste. The rooibos ends up being the main flavor, with just a bit of an herbaceous lemon note in the background. So really it’s sort of a boozy rooibos with a bit of sweetness and not much else.

Meh.

Flavors: Alcohol, Herbaceous, Lemon, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Such promise. Again.

Cameron B.

I know, right? I don’t think I have any creamy lemon dessert teas currently, but I remember the one from Dammann being good. I’ll have to order some one of these days…

Kittenna

Yeah, this didn’t do it for me either :(

EmmaM

Dammann’s Noel a Venise is so delicious, you’re right.

Cameron B.

Yes, that’s the one! Many of their Noël teas are great. It’s too bad they only sell 100g portions… :(

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Hmm… not feeling this one.

I’m not getting much lemon, and the woody, almost boozy rooibos is overpowering everything else. A hint of lemongrass is about it for the citrus notes.

I would’ve guessed some kind of rum-flavored rooibos if I didn’t know any better. Definitely can’t taste the black tea.

Flavors: Alcohol, Lemongrass, Rum, Sugar, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Such promise…

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