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Sipdown! (48)

I sent samples of this to several people, so I only had a couple of servings to finish off. Not that I mind, I love sharing tea and I can easily buy more if I love it!

This has a lovely orange aroma and flavor. It’s amazing to me that the dried orange segments contribute so much flavor to the blend! So there’s a wonderful authentic orange note, along with some rich creaminess from the vanilla pieces. As for the ginger, I’m not getting much other than a light tingly sensation at the end of the sip.

Also, even though there’s maple and brown sugar here, it’s not very sweet at all, which is nice. The orange and vanilla already give it a sweet edge, so more sweetness isn’t really needed. The rooibos is also extremely mild.

I like it! I will say, I’m not really getting much ginger or shortbread here. Maybe a honeybush base would have made it a bit more cookie-ish, but I expect a shortbread to be quite buttery. But as a creamy orange rooibos tisane, it’s very pleasant! I can’t wait to try the other orange teas I have from Deb!

Flavors: Creamy, Ginger, Orange, Rooibos, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

The orange teas you sent our way smell so good! We can’t wait to try this one!

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Latte Sipdown (308)

I do not love lavender and I am picky with earl grey. With that said, why did I buy this and think it would be amazing? I blame the “spiced” or the “muffin”. I genuinely don’t know.

Anyways, its an earl grey and to me that says “latte” so that’s what I did. Unfortunately, all that work and a cute new glitter mug and I don’t like it. It’s the lavender. It’s not for me. I want to like it but somehow the spices and earl grey and lavender combination are coming together to be even more soapy than just lavender. I should have known better haha.

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2021 sipdown no. 14 (another share from Cameron) :)

Tiramisu is one of those desserts that I’ve perfected making, so I was so hopeful for this tea, but sadly it did not deliver.

The taste was mostly just coffee, which I do enjoy, but not tiramisu. If I really stretched, I would say there was some creaminess, but only because I was looking for it. It was enjoyable as a coffee tea, but not a tiramisu trifle.

Nonetheless, I’m thrilled to have been able to try it! Thanks Cameron!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 12 (an awesome sample from Cameron)

This tastes a bit like a coconut macaroon, which is delightful! Though, not matching the tea name haha. I do appreciate that the rooibos falls to the background and some of the flavours come to the forefront.

I don’t get a lot of cinnamon, but Lexa said that was all she could taste and therefore she didn’t enjoy this one. I count this as a tasty tea, and I’m thrilled as my first Dessert by Deb tea.

I put the remainder of Lex’s cup in the fridge, and I found it tasted pretty much the same the next day, chilled.

Thanks for sharing Cameron!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! (45)

Yay, drinking some Deb teas! She just released an amazing-looking Winter Brunch collection last night, and even though I am so tempted I’m not going to order anything… (sob)

I have like 20+ of her teas and haven’t even tried most of them yet! I did drop Sips by and sign up for her subscription instead, though, because I love her and want to give her my support. Plus all the tasty treats! ❤

Anyway! I was a bit worried while steeping this one because it smelled so strongly of bee pollen (which I didn’t even realize is in this blend), and I hate bee pollen… It smells/tastes almost fishy to me? Or like wet dog?

Happily, this mug is the same as the others and I can’t taste the bee pollen. Definitely captures the cinnamon bun part, with just a little bit of apple thrown in. I don’t really get caramel, but it is quite sweet. Really it’s too sweet for me, which is why I wouldn’t reorder this one. Plus I have some other yummy cinnamon and cinnamon apple teas!

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Pastries, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

i was tempted by the subscription but i’m going to live vicariously though VariaTEA for now as i’m worried that too many of the blends are going to be maple/coconut. She works with lily lemon which historically i have had issues with because of the sheer amount of sugar in their blends – much like why david’s irritates me sometimes haha

Cameron B.

That’s definitely legitimate, it seems like almost all of her teas have brown sugar or maple or both, and coconut is very common too. The sweetness has been mostly subtle and hasn’t bothered me in a lot of them, but this was an exception… I will say I definitely prefer the actual sugar to stevia.

Sil

oh hells yes. F stevia!

Tiffany :)

Sil I know she used to work for lemon lily but now I believe she doesn’t work for them and dessert by deb is her full time job.

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75

This is one of a few opened Deb packets that I moved into my small packets section on the countertop. I have so many of her teas and I never drink them! So I figured I would fix that by moving some where I could easily see them.

I have mixed feelings about this one… I really like the flavors going on, it’s perfectly cinnamon bun with a hint of apple. I can just imagine the glorious apple cinnamon-filled spirals, fresh out of the oven… Yum.

But it’s also a bit too sweet for me. Almost all of Deb’s teas have maple crystals or brown sugar or both, but this one just has a little too much IMO. Maybe that’s because it helps to sell the idea of caramel?

Anyway, it’s delicious and I’ll have no trouble finishing off my 25g packet, but it’s not one I would reorder.

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Silent Kettle

I absolutely love sweet, lol! :3 I am glad you enjoyed this one and it sounds like it captured the essence of a pastry. I am going to get a large bag of this one I think since I wanted to make it as a latte in the mornings! Your review pushed me to make that purchase once her shop re-opens ha-ha.

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I’ve seen a lot of Dessert by Deb talk on Instagram lately, so I was inspired to drink some more of the many teas that I have from her. This one was a free sample that I chose, as I wasn’t as excited about it as some of the others so didn’t want to order a 25 gram packet.

It’s tasty though. Very simple, just a very light and sweet peppermint green tea with a little pop of coconut. I’m not really tasting the matcha much, just a generic green base.

I sort of get the inspiration, it is very light and the coconut give it a sense of airiness. I do find it odd that this is one of the few teas that doesn’t have any added sugar, given meringues are so sugary…

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Silent Kettle

Ou! I think you did such a great job of describing this! It does taste like an airy tea because of the peppermint with the vegetal green tea taste. :)

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Sipdown (1291)!

Not a “true” sipdown per say, but I drank a cup of this an hour or so ago during a morning meeting and now I’m going to send the last cup of it off to someone else in a teaswap. So, kind of a sipdown! I’m counting it, though.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA – this is definitely the kind of profile that would have pulled me in based on the name alone so not having to blind buy a larger bag ended up being a great thing for me. Overall, I actually enjoyed the tea and I do strongly agree that it tastes like a sweet and bready/pastry heavy “Cinnamon Bun” with just the right bit of apple notes as well. However, it’s not really caramel-like at all to me, and that’s disappointing because what I was most interested in was this idea of a “caramel apple” with cinnamon, as opposed to a cinnamon bun with a bit of apple and extra sweetness branded as ‘caramel’. There was also something about it that was a little bit oatmeal-like to me in terms of flavour as well, and I enjoyed that note and thought it worked really well with the cinnamon and the apple.

Overall, it’s a very enjoyable cinnamon bun/cinnamon apple oatmeal kind of profile. I just, once again, feel a little let down at the promise of a caramel profile that didn’t quite land and I wish there was just a bit more of a tart green apple (rather than the baked apple flavour present here) taste to the tea that would make the composition a little more dynamic.

Thankful to have tried it, but I definitely don’t need a bigger bag of it.

Cameron B.

Totally counts as a sipdown!

Mastress Alita

It’s a shipdown!

ashmanra

Ooooh, I love it, Mastress Alita!

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I can’t believe I never reviewed this, but I really enjoyed this blend. I can hardly taste the vegetal green tea taste. It mostly tastes like cinnamon, apples, and the coconut gives it an interesting mouthfeel. I wish the apple/cinnamon notes were stronger though!

It reminds me of the pumpkin pie tart tea Deb has. I quite enjoyed this one! :)

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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78

So I chose this as my free 75g bag of chocolate tea during one of Deb’s weekly specials. I ended up opening it for a swap, and it smelled so good that I’ve been wanting to have some for a few days now. Well, tonight was the night!

This was a bit difficult to scoop out, as it’s a mix of many things and the orange pieces are quite large. Hopefully I got a good amount of the chocolate, cacao, and maple flakes. This is a blend of rooibos and black tea, but looked like mostly rooibos so that’s how I steeped it.

It smells like a delicious creamsicle… The taste isn’t quite as good as the smell, but still yummy. I love the orange flavor from the slices because it tastes so authentic, and it has a good balance of sweet and acidic. The chocolate is a bit more subdued than I would like, but who knows if I got a decent amount in my basket. There is something a bit cakey here, and I wonder if it’s the combination of the rooibos with the maple?

I quite like it! I’m always impressed by how much flavor Deb manages to get into these teas without adding flavoring. The orange here is particularly surprising to me, I wouldn’t think those orange pieces would contribute so much! This tea makes me think of a trifle with cake, cream, and orange, and a sprinkling of chocolate shards on top.

(P.S. – I looked up chocolate biscuit cake and OMG, it’s going on my list to make!)

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Orange, Sweet, Tart, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Yuuuum.

VariaTEA

I looked it up because you did and it looks delicious!

Also for this flavor profile, I think Necessiteas is my favorite (next to Butiki, of course).

Cameron B.

Maybe I’ll try that one someday. Honestly I kind of avoid Necessiteas because I’ve heard so much about the stock issues and that would definitely frustrate me. :P

VariaTEA

I definitely get that. Last time I ordered it was a restock that she was like 3 days late for and stuff literally sold out while I was checking out (as in I lost things out of my cart). And that was BEFORE she even officially announced the restocks.

Silent Kettle

I would love to try the Necessiteas, but most of the items I am interested in are out of stock, and it can get expensive if you order from Canada.

But yes, this tea sounds lovely. I’ll probably get 25 grams next time I order from Deb. :)

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Ou! I like this one quiet a bit. It smells like berries and cream. After steeping this tea, it smells like coconut with a hint of berry.

Most of Deb’s other green teas, except for Pumpkin Pie Tart and Deep Dish Apple Pie, have a prominent classic vegetal green tea taste. However, with this one, I can hardly taste the green tea. Instead, what I taste more is berries, hibiscus, and coconut.

With that being said, I am not sure if I get a strawberry flavour from this per se. It actually reminds me more of blueberries!

I am not sure if I will repurchase this one because Deb has some other yummy tea blends that I love. However, I am glad I got to try it! :)

Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Coconut

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I rarely have black teas without milk or sugar. So, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one since I couldn’t add milk to it since it has lemon peel. However, even without milk or sugar, this tea is so flavourful and aromatic. I absolutely love all of Deb’s earl grey blends because the bergamot really stands out.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Lemon

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Wow, this is a good tea. Like other people, I love Deb’s earl grey blends! Whatever bergamot she is using is working; it really makes itself known. I think this would make a good latte, but it has lemon peel in it, so it might cause the milk to curdle! :(

But this is everything I would want in a more floral-forward EG. It smells like bergamot with a hint of citrus from the lemon grass and lemon peel. The smell also lingers in the cup after steeping.

I think I might have over leafed this one just a tad bit, I will under leaf it next time, lol! But it tasted a tad bit bitter (but this might be my fault); however, the floral and citrus notes came together beautifully! This was not tart at all either, but it had a nice, subtle citrus note which helped balance everything out.

I might reorder this. It was delicious. :)

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Dark Wood, Earl Grey, Floral, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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DIY Advent Calendar – Day 20

I don’t like this one. At all. I’m sorry Deb but this was a huge miss for me. It was too sweet but also oddly tart and then somehow flat. I don’t know exactly where this goes wrong for me but its wrong. Into the swap box…

Silent Kettle

Aw! Sorry you didn’t like this one! I love Deb’s teas, and I have been shopping there frequently! :) Do you have any top Dessert by Deb tea recommendations off the top of your head? I noticed you reviewed quite a few of her teas! Thank you!

Silent Kettle

I’ll request this as a sample next time since I think I might actually like this one since I love overly sweet, dessert teas lol!

VariaTEA

No worries. Not every tea can be a winner – if they were, my wallet would be even more sad than it is now. Haha!

Off the top of my head, I really like Mint Chip Cookie as an iced latte and Coconut Cream Pie Chai as a latte. Ginger Creme Brulee was also very good as a plain hot tea.

If you want, you can shoot me a DM with your address and I can send the rest of my package your way. I won’t enjoy it so I am happy to send it along to someone else who may :)

Silent Kettle

That is very true! :)

And ou! I really enjoyed the mint chip cookie; however, I have not tried it as an iced latte! That sounds interesting! I will definitely give that a go.

And I need to order coconut cream pie chai next time! I love spicy, sweet combos! So, I think I would also enjoy this one!

And that is so incredibly kind of you, and I greatly appreciate it! :‘D But I think I will just request it as a sample next time, since my order will be above $50 (I need to stock up on Fireside S’more, lol!) <3 But thank you! :) !!!

VariaTEA

The Fireside S’mores is sold out :(

Silent Kettle

Aw! I believe she put everything out of stock until she comes back from her vacation. I hope you get to try it next year! :) My favourite blends so far are spiced earl grey muffin, lemongrass milk pudding, fireside s’more, and earl’s sugar cookie! So good! <3

VariaTEA

I had some this year and it was nice. I don’t love bergamot teas so I am avoiding the Earl Greys…though I own them haha

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This is essentially mint chocolate chip cookie, but with a black tea base. However, I think I prefer her rooibos based version of this tea (this is surprising because I dislike rooibos). But with her other variation of this tea, the rooibos is in the background, and you get a pleasant mint/chocolate taste.

But with this one, the black tea overpowers the delicate mint notes. I even tried this one as a latte, but it was not the most pleasant. However, Deb’s other teas from the Holiday Cookie Collection have all been outstanding.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint, Spearmint

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So since I sipped down the caffeine-free Dessert by Deb pouch I had open, I felt I was allowed to open a different one. I chose this on a whim, because it sounded good and I knew I would be opening it for a swap soon anyway. This is from Deb’s recent Holiday Cookie Swap Party collection.

I confess, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a true linzer cookie? I mean, I’ve had sandwich cookies with jam, but I’m not sure if they counted. Some recipes I saw had spices in the cookies and some didn’t, so I don’t know if that’s a requirement.

Anyway! I definitely get cookie from this. There’s a light cinnamon note and an oat-y flavor that together remind me of oatmeal cookies. The maple flavor and sweetness helps as well. I don’t really get the jam part though – the closest thing is a tart apple note that lingers at the back of my throat after each sip.

So it’s not quite a linzer cookie for me, but it is a tasty oatmeal cookie! And I’m quite happy with that, ha ha…

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cookie, Maple, Nuts, Oats, Sweet, Tart, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

You never get a linzer cookies? Oh well! We make them every Christmas :) Without spices, so certainly not a requirement.

Silent Kettle

Loved your review. You did such a great job of describing the flavours! :) And ha-ha! Surprisingly, I did get a jam taste to this above the other notes you described. I am glad you liked this one too!

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Advent Calendar Day 10

Ooo, this is yummy! Cinnamon is a tricky flavor for me, as it so often ends up overpowering everything else and coming across like I just melted red hots into my cup. But this blend does it WELL! Not sure what wizardry is at work here, but the aroma of this tea is exactly like walking past Cinnabon at the mall…not just cinnamon, but a yeasty, bready scent with a hint of icing sugar. And the taste is on-point as well! Not really getting the apple flavor here, but I don’t mind because it tastes like a sweet, delicious frosted cinnamon pastry even without any sugar added. Really want to try this as a latte, because I think that would be amazing!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Frosting, Pastries, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Oh this one sounds good!

Silent Kettle

Ouu! This one sounds delicious! :) I have been wanting to try it for so long, but it is sadly sold out on her online store! Cannot wait to try it; your review has convinced me to pick it up once it is back in stock.

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drank Matcha Cream Puff by Dessert by Deb
11793 tasting notes

free sample from our order and it’s a nope. coconut green tea. blech.

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Hot this tastes meh, but I guess that it is because it is not meant to be had as a hot tea. However when I cold brewed this for a few hours in my tea pot, it tastes exactly like an unsweetened rainbow punch. I was a bit nervous it would be tart because of the hibiscus, but I think the hibiscus is just there to give it a bright, fruit punch colour. I do not taste the green tea base at all with this one (hot or cold). It mostly tastes like an unsweetened fruit punch.

Flavors: Berry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I think I might be the minority here too, but I really enjoyed this one. However, I do love love love ginger, so that might be why I liked it.

I had this one black too; however, I think this is the type of tea that works best if you add milk and sugar. With those elements, it really tastes like a ginger custard. The turmeric also makes it look eerily similar to a custard when you add milk. But I am not sure if it tastes like a crème brûlée since I think it would need some kind of roasted or burnt sugar element to it.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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77

Going to bump up my review a bit because I do like this one and I think Deb did a good job replicating the taste of a maple, strawberry jam! It is a great dessert tea to have after dinner. I get the dry, earthy red rooibos taste, but it is subtle.

Flavors: Berry, Jam, Maple, Strawberry

Courtney

I really do need to place an order with Deb. This one sounds so good!

Cameron B.

That’s so funny, I get cookie from this and no jam… XD

Silent Kettle

@Courtney yes! This one is really good. I am impressed by the flavours.

@Cameron B. lol! I know! I read your review and I decided to make another cup while studying. I do get a hint of cookie, but mostly jam! :D

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I had this one a few days ago, but I remember liking it. It looks so festive – I love the pink cornflowers Deb added.

The red rooibos base is apparent, but not too much since there are lots of other notes like maple, berries, and so forth to counteract the earthy taste of the rooibos. I am not sure if this tastes like a cookie, but it is a nice refreshing berry tea. I am not sure if it is one that I need in my life, but I enjoyed being able to try it.

Flavors: Berry, Cherry, Cookie, Earth, Maple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Taste wise, this blend reminds me of Genuine Tea’s Elderberry Hibiscus, except Lemon Berry Scone is a black tea and features a handful of ingredients that help cut what would otherwise be a sharp, tangy tartness. I don’t really get much scone vibes from this tea, but it’s nice enough…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I didn’t get scones either, but thought the elderberry flavor was nice. :)

Silent Kettle

I’m curious is the lemon prominent in this one? I love a bright, fresh, sharp lemon! :)

Antonia

@silentkettle Sadly, no. The berry portion is definitely much stronger than the lemon/citrus.

Silent Kettle

Thank you, Antonia! :) Oh no! I wonder why Deb goes lighter on the lemon in her teas? :O I suspect it would help balance out the berry notes to have that bright pop of citrus. I might request this one as a sample in my next order since I also love a good berry tea! :)

Antonia

Yeah… I don’t know what that’s about, but the orange teas are always much more fragrant and distinctive compared to those with lemon. Maybe a boost is needed via lemongrass or another citrus forward ingredient.

Silent Kettle

Antonio! :D Yes, her orange teas are super fragrant! I especially like her blood orange cider. :)

And mhmm! I think maybe having more lemon grass or lemon peel would do it! I actually ordered this one before she goes on vacation after reading your review; looking forward to trying it! <3

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