Hojicha Berry Shortcake

Tea type
Fruit Green Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Hibiscus, Acidic, Coconut, Roasted, Sour, Tart
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Caffeine
Low
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Actually managed to get in a September sipdown, which I had given up on! (Sipdown September is now going to be Sipdown October, them’s the breaks, er, sprains). Counting this as a hardest-to-reach...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I loved the Dessert By Deb tea I had a couple days ago, so I had to run and find this among the teas Cameron B sent. Thanks, Cameron B! The scent from the pouch is true to name. I didn’t even...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The first miss out of the 4 new D by D teas that I’ve tried so far. And a surprise, because I usually love hojicha blends, even just because of the base! However, I found the berry notes here to...” Read full tasting note
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From Dessert by Deb

The Japanese & Asian Patisserie welcomes a sweet new hojicha showstopper into the mix! Bursting with creamy coconut and berries galore, this roasted green tea steeps to a beautiful lilac colour once made with non-dairy milk/into a tea latte. The earthiness from the roasted hojicha marries lovingly with the bright, bold juicy flavours of elderberries, currants, raspberries, and rosehips for one berry delightful, light and fluffy dessert that begs for a dollop of whipped cream for all the spring teatime feels!

Certified Organic Ingredients: Roasted Green Tea, Elderberries, Currants, Raisins, Hibiscus, Coconut, Toasted Coconut, Rosehips, Freeze-Dried Raspberries

Handcrafted in Toronto, Canada.

Steeping instructions: 2 tea spoons at 205F for 4-6 mins enjoy me with milk/as a latte! I steep to a beautiful lilac colour with a splash of non-dairy milk

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Dessert by Deb is an organic tea company and lifestyle brand based in Toronto, Canada. At Dessert by Deb, it's tea time all the time because tea isn't just a drink - it's a way of life. From stationery and paper products, to kitchen accessories, to sweet and delicious organic dessert teas inspired by afternoon tea, patisseries, and baked goods, there are plenty of ways to bring the joy of teatime into your everyday life. Join the tea party!

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Actually managed to get in a September sipdown, which I had given up on! (Sipdown September is now going to be Sipdown October, them’s the breaks, er, sprains). Counting this as a hardest-to-reach tea for ashmanra’s sipdown challenge since it’s in my bottom drawer and bending down is still a project.

I picked this up in my jumbo order from Deb and this is my first sipdown from that order. Not because it’s my favorite but actually because it’s one of my least favorite, so it was an easy one to lean into when I wanted a flavored hojicha but maybe not one that I’ll miss when it’s gone or one that I feel the need to focus on a lot. This is fine, but just fine, which is made the more noticeable in comparison to some of the other teas in the order (Orange Creamsicle Mousse, for example, is an absolute killer). Made as a latte per package recommendations, this is a roasty hojicha base with a sort of muddled, generic tart berry flavor and a creaminess that’s amped up by the addition of oat milk. Not bad by any means, just not my favorite Deb blend. The Hojicha Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding and Matcha Key Lime Pie are calling my name though…

ETA I notice now, looking at other people’s notes on this tea, that they were struck by the hibiscus in it. Which yes dear reader, if you don’t like hibiscus this probably won’t resonate with you. Since I do generally enjoy hibiscus, I’m less sensitive to its overuse, but I can absolutely see how its presence in this blend could read as too strong – and indeed is probably what my brain was reading as “generic tart berry.”

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I loved the Dessert By Deb tea I had a couple days ago, so I had to run and find this among the teas Cameron B sent. Thanks, Cameron B! The scent from the pouch is true to name. I didn’t even hesitate to bypass reading the ingredients list since it smelled so good, other than to check that the base is houjicha. Sadly, the steeped tea is FULL hibiscus. Just drowning in it to the point that I then had to read the ingredients list to see if there was anything else in it other than hibiscus… and houjicha. But there are plenty of lovely ingredients here! Even if coconut seems really weird with some tart fruit flavors — the problem is mainly the hibiscus. I really would have liked this if the hibiscus had been left out. Maybe I shall pick some of the hibiscus out in the future? The second steep seemed toned down on the hibiscus but the other flavors were still missing. What a shame!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

Flavors: Hibiscus

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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

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

I’ve not had hibiscus curdle my milk just yet, but maybe i’ve just been lucky! if it seems particularly acidic…maybe a plant based milk would work?

AJRimmer

Ha, I put milk into acidic teas all the time and just drink it quickly before it becomes too solid :P

Kaylee

When I first read the name of this I thought “ooh that’s an interesting concept,” but it’s disappointing that the execution is so hibiscus-heavy/went for a tart vs a jammy berry. I definitely immediately imagined it more as like the syrupy strawberries they top cheesecakes with. Maybe it would work better as a cold brew?

Cameron B.

Yeah I was thinking someone else might enjoy it cold, I personally don’t ever drink iced/cold brew tea or make lattes, so definitely not for me ha ha.

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The first miss out of the 4 new D by D teas that I’ve tried so far. And a surprise, because I usually love hojicha blends, even just because of the base! However, I found the berry notes here to be… too sharp? Bad description, but they just didn’t mesh with the base. I feel like perhaps there was a bit too much hibiscus? Or maybe the blend needed more of a creamy element? It just wasn’t great in my opinion.

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Y’know, I would have really expected this to be something I’d enjoy a lot. However, something about the combination of a dark roasted hojicha with a little bit of a sharpness and minerality to that roast along with the coconut and tart berry really came together in a way where the only thing I could think of was the smell of stinky feet. It’s a harsh comparison and maybe not a fair one given the fact I was sort of in a foul mood due to a headache when I first tried this tea. However, it’s what kept springing to mind and it really muddied the experience.

I want to keep an open mind though, so I’m really gonna try to basically taste this again the next time I make it as if it were my very first time trying it. No feet.

Kittenna

Your review makes me laugh. I didn’t perceive stinky feet, but I think I noticed the… incongruity? of the flavours as well, and it didn’t really work for me.

Cameron B.

Ha ha feet! I guess I can maybe see that with the coconut. To me, it was like acid reflux but make it tea. :x

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