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I’ve seen this one on Deb’s site for a while but never felt compelled to order it since coffee isn’t really my forte, however she included it as a free sample in my last order and I’m glad she did because it surprised me in a very pleasant way! I do think I’d expected more cream/vanilla from a tiramisu tea but at it’s core all the flavours I think should be present for this profile are actually there in varying degrees and that’s not something I feel can be said for all of Deb’s blends.

Coffee is the strongest flavour and it’s a surprisingly roasty and woody tasting coffee as well, but I like the roast level a lot and I think it does a good job of offsetting some sweetness from the chocolate/cocoa and the naturally sweeter rooibos base. It’s also distinctly roasty without being aggressively so or overpowering all the flavours completely. The overall profile reminded me a lot of a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar!?

It’s good! And I could always add milk/make as a latte if I did want more creaminess.

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I really like this one! It totally does remind me of a mixed berry crisp with a gingery spiced topping. It’s maybe blueberry-esque from the elderberry? But the slight tartness from the hibiscus gives a bit more dimension. It is sweet, but not overly so, and it doesn’t taste flat like a lot of the other maple-heavy teas tend to.

A shame that this is no longer around… :(

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Elderberry, Ginger, Jam, Pastries, Spices, Sugar, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Not my favorite, but it’s not a bad tea. I’m mostly getting a butter rum sort of note along with the toasted rice in this last cup, and there’s less sugar which is an improvement. Still not something I would order but I’m glad to finish it off on a high note.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Grain, Rum, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Wood

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

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I feel like I’ve had this same tea several times before from Deb… Butter Toffee Cream, Maple Butter Shortbread, Salted Caramel Pancakes? All sort of butter-caramel flavored with black tea and rooibos, with or without coconut. They’re not identical, but they all taste very same-y to me.

So this is very similar to the above teas, heavy on the butter and maple sugar with woody rooibos notes. The toasted rice does add something slightly different, but it’s also somewhat overpowered by all the sugary bits (this blend has maple crystals and brown sugar AND honey).

It’s too sweet for me, and I’m a bit bored of this flavor profile from Deb at this point. But thank you, Deb, for the free sample with my order!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Coconut, Maple, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet, Thick, Toasted Rice, Wood

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

Omg, this sounds like a good tea to mix with another tea with different types of issues.

gmathis

Agreed. Thinning it out with a reasonable black tea sounds like a good idea.

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Truthfully I didn’t pay a ton of attention to this cup as I drank it because I was also playing a video game at the same time, but I remember thinking that I was yet again really impressed with another of Deb’s matcha dusted teas – they seem to catch me off guard each time I try them. In this case, it was the combination of the light and vegetal matcha with a very bright pop of lime. I liked the lime flavour a lot, though the overall cup was pretty light/mild. Is this the first time Deb has worked with lime!? I’m not sure.

Will have to try again with more attention given, and also think more about the “pie” aspect and if I feel like it’s been captured well in addition to just the taste of the lime…

Cameron B.

I don’t usually care for Deb’s matcha green teas, but the lime really made this one for me.

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This one sounds so good in name, but doesn’t deliver on the taste. The rooibos ends up being the main flavor, with just a bit of an herbaceous lemon note in the background. So really it’s sort of a boozy rooibos with a bit of sweetness and not much else.

Meh.

Flavors: Alcohol, Herbaceous, Lemon, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

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

Such promise. Again.

Cameron B.

I know, right? I don’t think I have any creamy lemon dessert teas currently, but I remember the one from Dammann being good. I’ll have to order some one of these days…

Kittenna

Yeah, this didn’t do it for me either :(

EmmaM

Dammann’s Noel a Venise is so delicious, you’re right.

Cameron B.

Yes, that’s the one! Many of their Noël teas are great. It’s too bad they only sell 100g portions… :(

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Hmm… not feeling this one.

I’m not getting much lemon, and the woody, almost boozy rooibos is overpowering everything else. A hint of lemongrass is about it for the citrus notes.

I would’ve guessed some kind of rum-flavored rooibos if I didn’t know any better. Definitely can’t taste the black tea.

Flavors: Alcohol, Lemongrass, Rum, Sugar, Sweet, Wood

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

Such promise…

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I figured I might as well finish this lil’ sample packet off!

I just wrote about this one yesterday, so I don’t have a lot more to say. I enjoyed it more than I expected, given I’m not generally drawn to either chai or coconut teas. It’s a nice blend of mellow spices and creamy coconut that brings to mind some kind of chai-spiced coconut flan. This last cup actually seems to have less sugar than I remember, which is making me like it even more.

Maybe next time I order from Deb, I’ll pick up a small packet of this. I don’t think it’s something I would reach for long-term, but it’s always nice to have chai around for fall and winter. :)

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Sugar, Sweet

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

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I got my recent small order from Deb today, and this was one of the free samples that she selected. I’ve actually been enjoying chai more lately, probably because of the season changing, so I was interested to see it. I’m not the biggest coconut fan, but I do enjoy it as a supporting flavor.

Overall though, this is a bit thin for me. I do enjoy the coconut combined with the cinnamon and cardamom, and it is a creamier coconut so it does remind me of coconut cream pie. But overall it’s a bit weak, and I know if I use more leaf, it’ll be too sweet because of the added sugar.

I would maybe consider ordering this if it didn’t have sugar in it.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Spices, Sugar, Sweet

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

No idea why tea blends contain added sugar, aside from making teas heavier and more costly.

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drank Boba Milk Tea by Dessert by Deb
2502 tasting notes

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I was hoping this one would grow on me as I sipped through it, but it didn’t really.

It’s not a bad tea, but it’s a bit meh for me. It’s an Assam with a bit of brown sugar added, and a touch of vanilla. I do get a hint of the vanilla, mostly as a sweet woodiness. But to me, the Assam needs to be a bit more powerful, and I wish she had used a darker brown or black sugar, because the regular brown sugar just doesn’t have enough depth or richness to make me think of a milk tea.

And I know this is recommended to be taken with milk, but to me if a tea isn’t strong enough on its own, it’s not something I would ever buy.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Malt, Raisins, Sugar, Sweet, Tannic, Vanilla, Wood

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

I always see black sugar on the menu at our local bubble tea place and have been meaning to try it!

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. I drink tea black and that’s how I judge them. Milk is a very occasional treat.

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I like this one a lot more than I expected. I haven’t been a fan of Deb’s other matcha teas – they’ve all been kind of same-y in a generic sweet coconut-ish way.

But the lime really helps add some interest. I will say, it doesn’t taste like key lime pie to me, mostly because the lime is more of a candy-like artificial lime as opposed to the tarter real thing. So instead it makes me think of a lime Jello salad, the creamy kind made with Jello and Cool Whip. And some coconut, of course. Sort of like a lime-flavored ambrosia salad?

Anyway, I dig it. I’m not sure I would order more, just because I don’t see myself craving this particular flavor profile. But will enjoy my 25g packet while it lasts!

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Grass, Lime, Marshmallow, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I got a bunch of tea samples in the mail this afternoon and just finished adding them to my cupboard, so now I’m gonna try and just enjoy a few different cups of tea over the course of the day…

I have to say, I’m really not sure how the popped rice is supposed to translate into the taste of this tea. It’s a really prominent toasted rice taste that immediately takes me to Genmaicha territory. I guess it would make sense if this was like a “Salted Toffee Genmaicha” but as far as I can tell from Deb’s description it’s meant to just taste straight forward blondie with caramel? I thought, maybe, that the roasted quality might be intended to replicate the taste of caramelized/burned sugar but if so it doesn’t do a good job – it’s just too much of a stretch…

With that aside, I’m enjoying the tea though! It’s mildly flavoured with the familiar and cozy toasty nuttiness but also notes of coconut and a little bit of a light sugary sweetness. It’s better as it’s gotten colder, in my opinion – the sugary sweetness feels deeper and a bit more caramel like and the roasted rice has settled some. It’s not really like its namesake, but it’s good! And so I think going forward I’ll just mentally enjoy this as a loose “Toffee Genmaicha” in my head.

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Okay, I’ll just say it…

Lemongrass Milk Pudding, as a concept, does NOT sound appetizing to me.

With that said, the tea itself isn’t so bad! It’s very lemongrass forward but that should be expected given the name and dry leaf visual. The coconut comes through strongly too, and I can taste the FAINTEST hint of funk from it aging but it’s not so bad, and probably played up in part from the citrusy notes of the lemongrass. There’s a floral undertone with is nice too, and compliments the lemongrass well. It’s not as light as a lot of the “fruitier” teas from Deb I’ve tried, but it’s not intense either. Not really a pudding, in my opinion – but a tasty Thai inspired flavour combination!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUXmoFwAjgv/

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This one reminds me more of a snickerdoodle than anything – it’s quite heavy on the cinnamon. And even though I saw a lot of cacao nibs and a few chocolate pieces in the steeper, I’m not really getting any chocolate. So mostly it’s the woody, slightly nutty honeybush with cinnamon and quite a bit of maple sweetness.

A bit too sweet, but otherwise perfectly pleasant. But there’s definitely a disconnect between the name and the flavor for me.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Candy, Cinnamon, Grain, Sugar, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Another name with such potential.

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From my most recent Dessert by Deb subscription box!

Hmm. Not really getting chocolate or cookie from this. It mostly tastes like honeybush and cinnamon, and it’s quite sweet from the maple crystals. Too sweet, really. The honeybush has a pleasant flavor, subtly woody with a bit of a peppery quality that goes well with the cinnamon.

But it’s mostly a sweet cinnamon honeybush to me. Definitely not something I would reorder.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Candy, Cinnamon, Maple, Pepper, Sugar, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I… have zero recollection of drinking this, although I’m sure I did. I think I may have had some sad feelings about the honeybush, but can’t remember if it tasted like cookie at all. Write notes sooner next time, self!

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drank Thai Banana Cake by Dessert by Deb
5174 tasting notes

I was really expecting this to be more or less a banana black – but I missed that there was lemongrass. Although I like lemongrass in certain blends, I didn’t care for the inclusion here for whatever reason. It just didn’t fit in, somehow?

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I love lime teas, generally, but this one didn’t quite hit the spot. Maybe the matcha? I’m not entirely sure. Still did enjoy it, though, but not as much as I’ve enjoyed fluffy lime tea flavours in the past.

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Another tea about which I’ll have to reserve judgment. Didn’t love it or hate it, but don’t totally remember it either. Definitely wanted to love it, though!

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drank Boba Milk Tea by Dessert by Deb
5174 tasting notes

Not sure what I expected from this tea, really; it ended up being ok but I think I should have prepared it with milk as recommended. Will try next time, and reserve judgment for now.

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Really thought I’d love this one, but I think the rooibos and lemongrass didn’t work for me, and turned it into a weird herbally-type tea instead of a lemon dessert tea, like I wanted. I did oversteep a bit, so maybe I can get a better cup with a more careful infusion.

Lexie Aleah

Tazo has a nice lemon loaf herbal tea. I can’t remember but I think it might take 2 tea bags for a good mug of it.

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Today’s round in the tea tournament is this tea, Matcha Key Lime Pie vs Lemonberry Whip by 52 Teas aka Battle of the Citrus Dessert Teas. Check out the tasting note for Lemonberry Whip here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/423052

I purposely skipped over this battle yesterday so that this tea could do double duty and be both my tournament tea and my #MatchaMonday drink. And keeping on trend with my own Matcha Monday tradition, this got paired with this week’s read: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab. Check out the pic of that here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUVZeBhLZSJ/?utm_medium=copy_link

This tea is nicer than I expected. Sometimes I get nervous with matcha blends but this is both dessert-like without being overly sweet. I get more lime in the scent than the flavor but its there. What took me by surprise is the pie crust element that seems to be coming through. I think it is from the coconut which is buttery and creamy and thus helping convey both the crust and the filling simultaneously. It’s quite nice actually.

Actually both this tea and Lemonberry Whip are quite evenly matched – sweet but not overly so. Still feel like you are enjoying dessert. Bright citrus notes in both. I find there is a slightly umami/grassiness from the matcha that isn’t really my preference and for that reason, Lemonberry Whip just pushed ahead. Both are good options though.

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I’m doing another mini tournament! Just 8 teas.

First up: This tea, Blueberry Buttermilk Short Stack Pancakes vs. Unicorn Fluff by the NecessiTeas. You can check out the tasting note for that here: https://steepster.com/teas/the-necessiteas/93051-unicorn-fluff?post=422971

This is my first time having this tea and it has the pancake thing going against it since I am off that flavor right now. That said, it isn’t overly pancake tasting to me. It has cooled slightly so perhaps that has something to do with it but I am getting a very dark blueberry flavor. Not much sweetness at all. Just strong/brisk black tea base, and some blueberry – true to the berry itself, though a not very sweet berry. Also as I kept drinking I got something that was almost cinnamon-like, which isn’t meant to be here. I am wondering if that is something I am getting from the base tea?

I also have to say it may be my tastebuds that are off today because Unicorn Fluff also doesn’t have much sweetness, and it usually has more. Nevertheless, I think the briskness lost it for this tea in my opinion. I am just not a fan of that, but for those that don’t mind it, this could be a fun take on a “breakfast” tea.

Cameron B.

I mostly got blueberry and cinnamon from this one as well, so it ended up reminding me more of a blueberry coffeecake.

VariaTEA

Yes! That totally makes sense

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