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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.

Sil

@tiffany – her site indicated that lemon lily spearheaded her first blends so that, and because i’ve tried a number of the blends and they remind me of the way LL had sugar in their blends is why i say that. Not sure if shes doing all her blending herself now that it’s taken off, but the i believe? the initial blends were done in partnership with LL. Didn’t mean to imply that LL was making all the blends, but she had at one point, which will influence things.

Dustin

I read these comments, went to look at what teas Deb currently has and my google search for her name popped up a link for this page where Deb explains her involvement with Lemon Lily. :)
https://dessertbydeb.com/pages/the-story-of-lemon-lily-tea-dessert-by-deb

Sil

that page is gone now eye roll

Sil

but yes dustin, that was the page i was referring to lol

Dustin

Whaaaaa…… ? It was JUST there! LOL! Is there some thinly veiled tea drama I’m not aware of?

Mastress Alita

You are right, Dustin, I looked at it right after you posted it. Seems a little fishy it was “suddenly” taken down like that…

Sil

mostly i just think it’s silly..nothing wrong with having the story up on the site – it’s how the company came to be. I was just expressing the lots of sugar factor that i don’t love, not saying the teas sucked or anything. I like a good number of them. Just didn’t want the subscription because there’s a lot of the blends with sugar. (placed a joint order with variaTEA just yesterday haha)

Dustin

Oh no, I didn’t think the drama was coming from you, Sil! It was about how the origin story page was removed right after we were talking about it. As though maybe the feelings between the two companies had changed?
I agree that the blends tend to be a bit sugar heavy and I found it a little distracting in some of the flavors. Although I loved that pumpkin tea she did! I’m also tempted to jump on her subscription program, but I have SO MUCH TEA. It looks like she puts a lot of effort into them!

Silent Kettle

Oh yes! The Winter Brunch collection looks super tasty. I especially love how unique her tea blends sound; things I personally haven’t seen before! :) I also ordered a big batch of this after reading your review, lol! Since I love sugary things!

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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.

Sil

@tiffany – her site indicated that lemon lily spearheaded her first blends so that, and because i’ve tried a number of the blends and they remind me of the way LL had sugar in their blends is why i say that. Not sure if shes doing all her blending herself now that it’s taken off, but the i believe? the initial blends were done in partnership with LL. Didn’t mean to imply that LL was making all the blends, but she had at one point, which will influence things.

Dustin

I read these comments, went to look at what teas Deb currently has and my google search for her name popped up a link for this page where Deb explains her involvement with Lemon Lily. :)
https://dessertbydeb.com/pages/the-story-of-lemon-lily-tea-dessert-by-deb

Sil

that page is gone now eye roll

Sil

but yes dustin, that was the page i was referring to lol

Dustin

Whaaaaa…… ? It was JUST there! LOL! Is there some thinly veiled tea drama I’m not aware of?

Mastress Alita

You are right, Dustin, I looked at it right after you posted it. Seems a little fishy it was “suddenly” taken down like that…

Sil

mostly i just think it’s silly..nothing wrong with having the story up on the site – it’s how the company came to be. I was just expressing the lots of sugar factor that i don’t love, not saying the teas sucked or anything. I like a good number of them. Just didn’t want the subscription because there’s a lot of the blends with sugar. (placed a joint order with variaTEA just yesterday haha)

Dustin

Oh no, I didn’t think the drama was coming from you, Sil! It was about how the origin story page was removed right after we were talking about it. As though maybe the feelings between the two companies had changed?
I agree that the blends tend to be a bit sugar heavy and I found it a little distracting in some of the flavors. Although I loved that pumpkin tea she did! I’m also tempted to jump on her subscription program, but I have SO MUCH TEA. It looks like she puts a lot of effort into them!

Silent Kettle

Oh yes! The Winter Brunch collection looks super tasty. I especially love how unique her tea blends sound; things I personally haven’t seen before! :) I also ordered a big batch of this after reading your review, lol! Since I love sugary things!

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura, chamomile, and elderflower. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

Cupboard Spreadsheet:
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