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This wasn’t bad but I definitely wanted to like it more than I did. It did taste like chocolate and it did taste like banana but everything was so muted and also level in terms of flavour balance that it really created this very flat and unexciting profile despite the presence of multuple distinct flavour notes. The black tea itself was also really bakey. Not in the sense of, like, “baked goods” either but in the industry terms where it tasted over fired. The whole time I drank the tea I just had this sense that it was incomplete; I think it just needed more of like any one flavour direction to just create dimension: bitterness of the chocolate, sweetness of the banana…
Anything like that would have helped.
This smells like cinnamon sugar toast.
The flavor is more muted than I would have expected based on the scent. But, the cinnamon is still present.
I’m honestly not tasting any matcha. Just cinnamon, sugar, and coconut. I really wish Deb would use less coconut and maple in her blends. Many great blends have been ruined with the addition of those 2 ingredients.
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This was fine. It’s basically the exact same as every other strawberry green tea I’ve ever had from Deb, with the addition of rose petals. There is a subtle rose note, happily not enough to put me off. But I have a whole tin of Strawberry Roll Cake, and the ingredients are essentially the same. So not sure I understand the point of this blend, and they’re both in the same collection even (Asian Patisserie).
Also this tastes nothing like sakura… It tastes like strawberry and rose with a touch of honey. (shrugs)
Flavors: Candy, Dry Grass, Floral, Grass, Honey, Rose, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
Big thank you to tiffanydrinkstea for gifting me a very large bag of this tea, along with several others! I was so, so curious about this tea when it came out and the dry leaf smells incredible! Very much like pineapple soda pop but with a bit of a pina colada coconut twist to it. Creamy, sweet and wonderful…
Steeped up, the biggest thing is just that you can tell the coconut isn’t quite fresh. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s at the point of being rancid, but it’s got a slightly unpleasant lotion-y kind of thing going on – in mouthfeel too. It strongly detracts from an otherwise really pleasant pineapple flavour and the nice sweet honey notes from the rooibos, along with a VERY LIGHT hint of papaya. I want to enjoy this one so badly, but it’s hard to get past that coconut…
Pot of tea!
It’s been interesting reading some of the recent tasting notes for this and Deb’s other EG blends because it’s pretttyyyy apparent to me that I’m in the minority for actually really enjoying the more “raw and earthy” notes that are present in this tea blend. Now, mind you, I don’t usually like bergamot that much and on top of that I really like more resinous/pine or earthy flavours in tea. So, the lighter touch of bergamot and the earthiness is something that verrrryyy specifically appeals to my own preferences. That said, I could maybe do without the hibiscus in this blend. But the trio of blueberry, currant, and elderberry is pretty perfect in my mind!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CiDu-4hOx5j/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjBKTkITyRo
Sipdown Theme #1: a Chai
I have so many chai tea variants in my tea cabinet right now that I will definitely need to work on some sipdown for this one this month. Other than that, on my breaks, I have been playing a new game that came out on switch today called ooblets. It is really cozy and great. Kind of like animal crossing or stardew Valley but with a simple card game thrown in the mix. Would highly recommend if you are into cozy switch games.
Tasting Note: I got this as a sample from deb. It surprised me. I didn’t think I would like a christmas, thanksgiving cranberry salad chai type tea and I was really wrong. It isn’t very strong hibiscus or cranberry so if that sort of tartness throws you off this will be ok. The spicing is good and isn’t overpowering but is still there. It smells like this cranberry christmas mead I bought from a local meadery in MN not too long ago and it really scratches that itch of having that again. I might change my mind on this tea in the future but I think it is certainly worth a try if you want some lighter christmas vibes in September.
I don’t know why I ordered this one.
It was stupid of me, really, because I’ve never liked a single one of Deb’s Earl Grey blends. At first I thought it was the lavender, but they don’t all have lavender in them. So I guess it’s either the bergamot or the base tea, but something tastes super earthy, like I’m licking potting soil. And combined with the candylike blueberry flavoring here, it’s very weird. Adding oat milk doesn’t help either, then it’s creamy blueberry dirt.
Sigh. It’s my own fault for ordering this tea, I guess I was just too intrigued by the bergamot & blueberry combo, since I don’t think I’ve had it before. Oh well, into the swap box it goes…
Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Candy, Dirt, Earth, Lavender, Musty, Sweet
This is a strange one.
The concept sounds feasible to me, but I’m not a fan of the execution. There is way too much tartness going on here from the hibiscus, and it doesn’t mesh well with the roasty hojicha and especially the coconut. The result tastes very acidic and the hibiscus sort of dominates the other flavors. I can taste some roastiness and a hint of coconut, but the whole thing just tastes acrid to me, and it’s turning my stomach as I continue to sip it.
I think a hojicha berry shortcake tea could make sense, but definitely without the hibiscus part, focusing more on the creamy and cakey elements and with more of a jammy berry versus a tart one.
Putting this into the rehoming box, though I’m not sure who would enjoy this. Maybe it would be more palatable as a cold brew? She suggests to prepare it as a latte, wouldn’t it curdle like crazy with all of the hibiscus…? O.o
Flavors: Acidic, Coconut, Hibiscus, Roasted, Sour, Tart
Tasting Note: I was surprised by the robustness of this base. I kind of went in thinking “3 tsps for an 8-10 oz mug is good, right?” since my last few DBD blacks are light tasting. It was much bolder than expected, almost enough to overwhelm the other notes of the tea. I still got a little sweet peach and a slightly different sweetness from the almond (an aftertaste or maybe I am imagining it? haha).
In short, I am glad this isn’t overwhelmingly peachy or perfumey. It is a nice brisk cuppa.
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Deb was kind enough to include a sample of this one at my request, since it only comes in 75g bags and I’m not willing to blind order that much.
It’s tasty, but mostly it’s just a watermelon oolong. I only taste a tiny hint of grassiness from the green tea, and no jasmine at all. The watermelon is very candylike, like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Based on the taste and the distinctive flower petals in this blend, I think this is the same wholesale watermelon oolong that I’ve had from another company previously.
It’s enjoyable, and I’m sure it would be yummy cold brewed as well, but not something I would order. Still interested in trying the lime version though!
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Dry Grass, Floral, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Watermelon
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Another free sample from Deb. ❤
This one looks pretty and smells amazing. However, it steeps up quite weak IMO. I always use extra leaf for Deb’s teas, because they often need it, but even with 4+ teaspoons (compared to my usual 3) for a 16-ounce pot, this still tastes a bit watery. The peach flavor is nice, it reminds me of dried peaches and tastes quite natural, but it doesn’t really pop out the way I would like it to. The green base is mellow and grassy, and I don’t taste the hibiscus at all.
So I like the flavors here, but I feel like the volume needs to be turned up, so to speak. And it’s probably because there are quite a few added ingredients, while the flavoring is only applied to the green tea?
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Dry Grass, Hay, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Tart
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Deb sent this as one of the samples in my recent order, and it smells amazing! Pineapple gummy bears meets piña colada.
Unfortunately, the coconut really takes over in the steeped tea. It tastes like a pile of coconut and a bit of rooibos, with a tiny hint of pineapple peeking in in the background. I hate how almost every time something has pineapple, it has coconut as well, and coconut is always the stronger flavor. As a pineapple lover, it makes me sad. Plus all of the coconut makes this super oily, which is always unappetizing for me…
Oh well, glad to try it, and for free! :)
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Oily, Rooibos, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Wood
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This one was just okay. It mostly tasted like peppermint and rooibos with a mild sweetness from the maple. Fine but certainly nothing cookie-like, and the peppermint is a bit little wet raggish. The package says to drink it as a latte, but if I did that with every Deb tea that recommends it, I think I would only ever have her teas as lattes lol. If it can’t stand on its own without adding milk and sugar, I’m not interested.
This was my last tea left from the subscription box last year, and good thing too, because I just got an order in of samples of her spring collection. Well, it was supposed to be samples, but apparently she had a label issue with a couple of the teas, so she sent me 50g tins of those instead of 25g pouches. Which, don’t get me wrong, is incredibly sweet of her! But I would’ve preferred the 25g pouches ha ha, I have too much tea! x.x
She also sent me samples of a couple of the new summer teas, which was so sweet. I’m very interested in trying the milk bread hojicha and watermelon lime slush oolong (both 75g minimum size), so if anyone has those and would be willing to swap samples, let me know!
Flavors: Creamy, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppermint, Rooibos, Sweet, Woody
Sipdown theme: Ingredient of a trail mix: Raisin
Been a little while since I have wrote a tasting note. Wedding crunch time
Tasting note: I have a sample of this one so I don’t have brewing instructions readily available on the package. I brewed at 209F for about 3-4 minutes. Tastes lightly of vanilla and delicate sweetness. I have never had a Panettone cake so I am not a good judge whether there is a likeness to the real thing. I didn’t get a lot of raisiny taste from this tea so I am not sure this is accurate. It’s not bad just not enough distinct flavors to be great.
This TTB is my first chance to try out Dessert by Deb teas, and so far I’m finding that I either really like them or I… don’t. But the ones I like, I like (and I have a few more enticing ones that Cameron B. sent me that I’ll be tasting after I send the TTB on, thank you!). This blend falls into the category of DBD teas that I really like.
When I brewed it up, the lime peels in the blend turned a bright kiwi green, which was visually really fun! The tea itself was a little cloudy from the matcha, but cleared up once the matcha settled. It smells exactly on point to the description, and the taste is almost exactly there too. There’s sweet-but-not-cloying lime and a touch of creaminess, though I suppose it could be creamier for the “pie” aspect. After trying it, I paired it with Cuban food – a salad with a lemony dressing and platanos with mojo – and that pairing worked really well. I brewed up a second steep with the leaves (about 8 minutes at 180f) and added oat milk. That gave it the creaminess I was looking for a little more of in the first steep and made for a really nice dessert drink. In fairness, it might be my own fault that it wasn’t so creamy – I ignored the directions to brew at 200f because it’s a green tea and I didn’t want to burn it, so I brewed at 175f instead. It’s entirely possible that if brewed at the recommended temperature, the creamy/pie notes would be stronger. Next time!
Steeped this one up earlier in the week. It was a really enjoyable cup, but for the most part I really only got peach from it – not much in the way of almond. I really enjoy the peach flavouring that Deb uses quite a bit, but it’s the same one in all of her peach teas so while this was a pleasant cup it definitely wasn’t a unique one.
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Trying to finish off my last couple of Dessert by Deb pouches from the winter collection. I think it’s just one more left after this, and then I have a mini tin somewhere from the last subscription box.
This one is fine. It’s a decent balance of woody (but not medicinal) rooibos, fruity-tart hibiscus, and a touch of cinnamon. It doesn’t somewhat taste like some kind of coffee cake or other spiced dessert, but certainly not like a fruitcake. Nice enough to sip on, but nothing special.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart, Woody
The maple crystals come to the forefront of this tea for me and create a nice enough sweetness (a bit sweet for my liking), but almost drown out other flavours. I can certainly smell the cinnamon, but the taste is extremely subtle. The hojicha base, which is lovely, but this is essentially a maple-sweetened hojicha for me.
Thanks for sharing Cameron!
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This one was decent, but it tastes pretty much the same as all of Deb’s other strawberry green tea variations. The ginger does add a little interest, but I’m not sure it improves it overall.
Anyway, it’s fine but I’m glad to have finished it off.
Flavors: Artificial, Dry Grass, Floral, Ginger, Hibiscus, Honey, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart