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With the new sub box arriving today, I thought maybe I should try teas from the past box/my order. Made this as a latte and the banana smell was just so good! This actually tastes like banana pancakes to me. The banana is super distinct and super sweet and reminds me of a slightly overripe banana – which is how I like them. Also, Deb loves her maple and that comes through here but doesn’t make it flat, like I find it does with some of her other blends (I don’t know if that’s because it’s a latte though).

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #6

I think this was one of the subscription box exclusives, so I’m grateful to VariaTEA for including it so I had the chance to try it! As tempting as it was to latte, since latte is in the name, I decided to just have it with a splash of milk so that I wouldn’t use as much tea leaf – I want to give others the chance to try it too.

I feel like, in theory, this sounds really good – chocolate and lavender as pretty complimentary to each other and lavender lattes are also definitely a very enjoyable, pleasant thing. I found this to be VERY lavender forward though – in a way that really dominated the cup and, for me at least, really didn’t create for a balanced drink. I do like lavender teas, but I personally prefer them lighter and this seems a bit more apt to a hardcore lover of lavender. Not a bad flavour of lavender though, mind you – just not the direction/level I expected or personally wanted.

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I was really excited about this because it smelled awesome but something in this is off. Not rancid, off but off as in it seems out of place for what Deb intended. It’s an astringency in the base tea I think that’s really muscatel and distracting. Odd.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #179 overall / Tea #3 for May
Saturday 5/1 — Dessert by Deb Earl Grey Tea Cake. Had one PS left in sample packet. Brewed hot & plain, just tasted like a sweet earl grey no tea cake. Not an earl grey fan so this was a miss for me.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #151 overall / Tea #22 for April

Thursday 04/15 — Dessert by Deb Orange Ginger Shortbread. So yesterday/today are kind of my days off for the week – Micah’s birthday yesterday so we hung out (tried to get him to take off from work), today I work at my side hotel + have a soccer game tonight (my professional team, Columbus Crew first home match tonight & Sunday regular season opener at home!). I work so many days/hours at random shifts and schedules every single week so I take what I can for “me time” (which isn’t much). Anyway, I was making myself breakfast yesterday late morning and did a bunch of cold-brew: 2 full size pitchers (Verdant Tea 2020 green, The Tea Lab tangerine white tea), a 20 oz glass jar (my Ode to Tea Z entry), and this a half pitcher with Deb’s Orange Ginger Shortbread. I let all the teas sit out for a while during the day before putting into fridge to sip on in the future. This was the only “sip-down” and one of my OG teas from my very first order from Deb in 2019 (2 years ago). In this nice 32 oz jug the orange and rooibos shine, not really getting the ginger. Also a sweetness which I’m sure is vanilla/maple/ brown sugar. I imagine this would make a nice iced latte as I’d be afraid the orange would curdle milk in a hot latte.

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Sipdown! (34 | 238)

I like this one. Of course, I adore hojicha, so I’m not that surprised. It sort of tastes like if you made cinnamon toast with cinnamon raisin bread. The hojicha adds a nice “burnt crispy edges” sort of note to it. And I do taste the raisiny notes as well, along with plenty of cinnamon.

My only slight complaint would be, it’s almost a bit too sweet? Not overwhelmingly so, but as someone who doesn’t sweeten her tea, I think I would like it more with slightly less sugar. It also has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, but I find that fairly normal for hojicha.

I think I’ll probably still reorder it at some point, just because it’s just a unique flavor profile and it really captures the flavor of cinnamon raisin bread.

Flavors: Burnt, Cinnamon, Raisins, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toast

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

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L is for… Lemongrass Milk Pudding!

This isn’t my favourite tea, but I am a big fan of the coconut/lemongrass combination in general, and this one works fairly well for me. Don’t really taste anything beyond creamy lemongrass, but that’s fine with me. This tea, however, does not resteep well at all (not that many greens do, but this one is particularly bad).

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O is not for…Marshmallow Crispy Square

That said, I have been thinking about this and trying it as a latte since I tried it for the first time a couple days back. So, I decided I would take the time to have it as a latte today.

The smell of coconut coming off this latte was so strong and while I definitely get a coconut cream aftertaste, the majority of the sip is actually more the toasted rice/genmaicha. It’s good but less dessert-like than I expected. Weirdly enough I found this was the case when I would make the 52 Teas Marshmallow Genmaicha Treat blends as lattes. For some reason the prep method brings out the base over the flavoring with these…

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M is for…Marshmallow Crispy Square

This is from one of my earlier Deb orders and I just kept overlooking it. People in the Sipdown group were talking about it the other day though and so it seemed as good a time as any to give it a go.

I actually really like it. It reminds me of 52 Teas Marshmallow Treat Genmaichas…with a whole lot of coconut as Deb tends to do.

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drank Morning Mimosa by Dessert by Deb
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M is for…Morning Mimosa

This was part of my sub box. I decided to make it as a tea pop. Except I am really not liking it that way. It’s got a lot of citrus flavor but there is almost sort of skunky about this. I think its something weird about the teapop and will try the last serving either just iced or hot.

Sil

poop

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drank Jasmine Rainbow Punch by Dessert by Deb
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I dislike jasmine…thankfully this one was super light…sort of reminded me of “punch” but was also a little bitter. Another sample from VariaTEA. Love sharing teas even if they aren’t always wins!

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J is for… Jolly Jammy Linzer!

A little short on “J” teas too, and didn’t want to go digging, so I grabbed this one. Unfortunately, I recall absolutely nothing about it today. I know my first attempt was too heavy on the yucky medicinal rooibos flavours, but if those were present this time, they weren’t as apparent. All I can really say is that it was drinkable, and I drank it. Lots left, better review to come later.

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Another sipdown! need to make a bit of room in my cupboard on the flavouerd side lol. MIddle of the road maple blend from deb. It’s unfortunate so many of her blends just kinda tast maple-y or coconut-y. She’s got some great ideas, but not so great execution for my tastes.

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middle of the road for me here. I’ve had this a few times now and it’s not blow your mind, but it’s not a bad little tea. Don’t need to restock it but i’m fine having purchased it. Kinda feels like a maple genmaicha more than a black salted caramel tea.

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drank Morning Mimosa by Dessert by Deb
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Ugh i had this the other day and while the tea wasn’t super exciting it was a reasonable brew…and smelled fantastic! thanks for the sample variaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome! Still have to try this one myself

Sil

I need to remember to try it as a cold brew

VariaTEA

I think my plan was to make a teapop

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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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Sipdown! this one was fine…like a lot of the blends from deb, they sort of land squarely in the middle for me..usually a lot of maple.

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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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drank Cocoa Lavender Latte by Dessert by Deb
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nope. Too much lavender, not enough “cocoa” and mostly just nope. Thanks for the share VariaTEA haha

Kittenna

Yes, so much lavender. Now I kind of want this one…

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I’m with Sil on this one…

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