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This is the tea from this new collection that I practically lost my mind over and just HAD to try as soon as possible – the idea of a cinnamon raisin profile on a houjicha base is just so brilliant to me, and I do basically always love any tea that utilizes houjicha…

I want Deb to do more with this base, because it’s incredible! The liquor is medium bodied, with a really clean and crisp texture. The perfect level of roast with a nutty quality, hint of minerality, and kind of barley like flavour. It works so well with the subtle kiss of woodier cinnamon, which is my favourite cinnamon of the moment – I am officially over “hot cinnamon” (like Valentine’s Day hearts) tea for the moment. I get just a bit of sweet raisin, and that obviously compliments the cinnamon so well. It’s almost elegant feeling, because while you get that cinnamon/raisin profile it’s not over powering the tea base at all – it’s just a solidly balanced profile where they all get the representation that they deserve.

Only thing I’ll say is that, to me, a “pudding” would indicate some kind of creaminess and that was absent from the cup for me. It’s probably more accurate to call this a Jojicha Cinnamon Raisin Toast type of profile – but that’s equally delicious!

AJRimmer

Added to my wishlist! I’ll definitely have to place an order in a few months.

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The name of this tea sucked me in – I’m a total slut for a good rhubarb tea, so my hopes were very high with this blend! I did enjoy it a lot, but sadly my hopes weren’t really met. Maybe they were just too high!?

My absolute favourite part of this tea though is the loose leaf visual. There’s something so magical and stunning looking about those chunky pieces of apple coated in that fine beetroot dust to tint them red. There’s actually no rhubarb in this tea as far as I can tell, but they sort of cleverly trick your brain into interpreting its presence. I also think that Deb was really smart in combining a more tart and drying apple note with hibiscus to sort of “mimic” rhubarb. It’s a nice flavour and it kind of does what I think it’s trying to do, but honestly the reason this didn’t meet my expectations was because it doesn’t taste enough like rhubarb – so the absence in the blend WAS felt by me.

That said, it’s a good flavoured tea – I like the sort of tart but also baked apple note and the mix of subtle maple, and warming ginger. I can see a pie influence, and it feels appropriately autumnal. If it weren’t for the name setting up my expectations in a different way, I think this would have been something I’d have enjoyed way more right off the bat.

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I’m still working my way through the teas from this latest collection, but so far this has been my favourite – which was a huge surprise to me. I actually almost didn’t order this one because I was pretty confidant that it wouldn’t work for me, but I added it in at the last minute to hit free shipping for my order…

I wish I could better explain the flavour, but I’ll have to retaste it and try to take better mental notes. For this cup, I had it at the very end of what was basically a ten hour work day and I was totally drained – but it was such a delightful moment of positivity after that tiring day. I remember the bergamot being pretty strong, but offset but lovely notes of cardamom & vanilla. And it’s crazy, because I don’t normally love bergamot and I don’t normally love most spiced tea but together it sort of… clicked!?

I’m actually on pins and needles to see if this was just a fluke brought on by exhaustion of if I actually found a flavoured EG that I really enjoy!

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So recently the new Autumn Collection from Dessert By Deb launched and all of the teas sounded amazing so I placed an order. The collection actually does have a different name, but I can just never actually remember what it is…

This wasn’t from the collection, but Deb kindly added in three free samples for me & even let me pick out which samples I wanted to try. I tried to pick things that I would absolutely have never ordered otherwise that I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to try. When my order arrived, I let a coworker pick the first tea that I tried and this is the one that she chose.

The dry leaf smell is way more herbal than I anticipated it smelling; like a mix of grass and maybe nettle leaf!? With just a hint of lemon from the abundance of lemongrass in the blend. It steeps out pretty herbal too, and now I feel like I need to check the ingredients again because I struggled with what specifically was giving it that distinct of a herbaceous quality. There were notes of lemongrass, green tea, and a smidge of orange as well but they all paled in contrast to whatever that other flavour I was getting was.

It wasn’t bad, though it also wasn’t really my cup of tea either. Mainly, though, it was just so much different than what I had expected it to taste like from the name and also the dry leaf visual.

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Sil said this one should be called coconut cake and when I brewed it up it was a lot of that sort of lotion-y coconut smell. So I was worried. Thankfully, it is creamy but not lotion-y. Plus, it’s not ALL coconut. I means it’s a lot of coconut but with a generic berry flavor underneath and at the end of the sip. Honestly, I am getting a super thick and coconut cream mouth feel as if someone put a whackload of coconut whipped cream on top of some macerated berries. But like the ratio is like 2:1 or maybe even 3:1 coconut whipped cream: berries. Nothing says cake to me though. Also, I am getting the slightest bit of green tea base but not as much as I worried there would be given this is a green tea but was steeped for 5 minutes at 200F, per Dessert by Deb’s steeping recommendations.

So I’d say this one is good but not great and not one I need more of. With that said, this is a sipdown of the sample that came in my July order with Sil and Roswell Strange but I got another sample of it with the Fall teas that arrived yesterday.

Sil

haha

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Latte Sipdown (gone before it was even added so no number change)

My new Dessert by Deb order arrived with all the tasty sounding fall teas. This is one of the ones I’m splitting with Sil and it smelled so good while I was dividing it that I decided to use my half to make a latte.

This was a little underleafed compared to usual and at first it came off a bit thin. However, the more I drink the better it gets. It’s good but I don’t know if it’s s’mores. I think this is more fireside coconut than anything. Smokey, creamy, coconut, and a touch of sweet maple/chocolate.

Since it’s not quite s’mores, I don’t think I need more. Based on the name and smell, I was actually worried I’d be immediately placing another order for copious amounts of this so I’m glad it didn’t completely deliver.

Dustin

How are you feeling about this company overall? I’ve been eyeing the teas, but reviews seem to be lukewarm.

VariaTEA

I’ve been enjoying the teas. We all know I like dessert blends so they speak to me. Some have been good or have made awesome lattes. Others have been meh/or flat. She uses a lot of coconut and maple so if those are not flavors you like, best to steer clear. I don’t know if that’s particularly helpful. I can always share some samples if you like so you can try before you buy!

Dustin

Thank you for the offer! I might take you up on that! Do you want to do a swap? I have a ton of French teas at the moment. My cupboard is horribly out of date.

Sil

i want smores not coconut fire.

VariaTEA

@Dustin check your DMs :)

@Sil, well…you are getting coconut fire!

Sil

as Caleigh would say – “poop”

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Sample from variaTEA. This one was alright, but not over the top amazing. I didn’t find it too sweet, but I wasn’t really getting caramel appl from this. Instead it just really felt more like a cinnamon bun tea….but not the delicious one from steapshope :(

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drank Marmalade Thumbprints by Dessert by Deb
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had this one a few days ago when steepster was acting up, so hard to remember much beyond the fact that i DID enjoy this one.

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drank Berry Cream Shortcake by Dessert by Deb
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i feel like this should just be called coconut cake. The berry is really really faint in this one, more there in a “tang” that comes through than in actual flavour. It’s not a BAD tea, but it’s not berry shortcake. Just mostly coconut cake.

Courtney

The name is important hah. I would love coconut cake, but it’s such a shame when I’m expecting something different!

VariaTEA

I’ve learned Deb is definitely a coconut fan.

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Sipdown!

I think the coconut and the honey are my biggest issues with this tea. When these two ingredients are at their strongest they dominate the blend. The latter in particular accentuates the rooibos in a way I do not enjoy and that makes me think of honey cough drops (also, why not just use the less medicinal, sweeter honeybush instead of rooibos + honey?). Bee pollen, which I generally like, also adds a sweet floral quality that exacerbates the medicinal quality for me today.

There are moments when this blend works. The aftertaste is creamy, with hints of vanilla, and the cup smells pleasantly buttery. It’s not a terrible latte or cold brew either! I’m just not terribly into coconut as a sub/filler ingredient at this point, and I’ve never been fond of rooibos/black tea blends (I don’t get it), or teas with added sweeteners. This blend has brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey and it’s quite sweet but also thinner than I’d like a “toffee” tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Coconut, Cream, Honey, Maple Syrup, Medicinal, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I was hoping to have more success with this blend than Sil or VariaTEA had but this wasn’t really the case. I don’t remember either of them mentioning this, but the dry leaf smell of this tea is really off to me – it’s chocolate-y, sure, but also it kind of smells like feet!?

Thankfully it doesn’t really taste like feet (well, maybe just a TINY bit). It also doesn’t taste that good either though – kind of not properly chocolate-y and not properly berry either, and definitely not creamy. I just think that chocolate and hibiscus really aren’t meant to go together and forcing them to coexist just makes for lesser versions of both flavours.

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I’m almost through my pouch of this, from my group order with VariaTEA and Sil, already – it’s quickly become an Autumn favourite of mine, in particular for later in the evening when I want something rich and cozy but also sweet and spicy with that kind of warmth that you feel deep in your chest that softens you from the inside out. It’s rare that I fall for a ginger tea so hard, but the mild maple notes and mixed red berry flavours with that tickle-y ginger really have captured me.

I’ve had mixed success with Dessert By Deb so far, though I did just order a bag of each of the new teas from her most recent “Fall-ish” collection. This is the only one I’ve found so far though that I’d order again – and in fact, I did order it again. Can’t wait for my new bag of it to arrive!

tea-sipper

Those new blends do look pretty tasty.

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Oooh, now this was good!

I have a weird relationship with ginger – I don’t love the flavour on its own but when you mix it with a sweet/juicier fruit note it kind of comes alive to me and sparks feels of joy that straight ginger simply does not. That’s what happened here, I think. It’s a pretty strong, and spicy ginger flavour with heat that crawls down your throat. However, it’s also sweet and juicy with red berry notes and a slight presence of brown sugar. I understand the crisp comparison and, while I think the ginger could be just a touch more muted and a more pastry/buttery element introduced to better convey the flavour, it’s captured for me in this infusion! The flavours feel dynamic to me, and well balanced.

This is my favourite Dessert by Deb blend I’ve tried so far!

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Sample from variaTEA. While I appreciate the share this one is not for me. I’d expect to get a creamy, chocolate berry tea…and instead this was an off putting weird berry thing. I don’t Mind hibby , but Something about how this one blends together just doesn’t work. Tons of chocolate chunks but no chocolate in the tea. Just sour berry tang. Blech.

VariaTEA

This seemed to be a miss for me, you and Roswell Strange (I think)

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drank Mint Chip Cookie by Dessert by Deb
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drank Mint Chip Cookie by Dessert by Deb
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I’ve been off of mint for a while now, but can honestly say I was ok with it in this cup. I love a good mint chip ice cream, so I can get behind this tea. Accurate, nice balance of both mint and chocolate. Maybe it’s the vanilla rounding things out that pulled it all together?

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Tried this one not to start and really enjoyed it this morning. Stupid busy so not much to say yet but i love my orange teas….I think I prefer the chocolate orange one from yesterday but this is a really enjoyable cup too. The coconut doesn’t overwhelm which is nice, just makes it creamier.

Courtney

L’automne will forever be my favourite!

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drank Butter Toffee Cream by Dessert by Deb
11155 tasting notes

Blech. This one might be coming back to you variaTEA. Just. Nope. I mean it was al ost drinkable but then I’d take a sip and be like WHAT is this? Yes there’s a bit of creaminess to it…and I can imagine butter toffe on some sips but overall it’s just rooibosy, coconut cream something,

VariaTEA

I don’t want more of this so it might have to be rehomed elsewhere. I only had this as a latte and it was ok but not my favorite.

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Sipdown on this one. A little sad to see if go, but I have another chocolate orange coming to me (right variaTEA??) lol I’d pick this up again for sure though. While it’s a little less subdued than the smell would have you believe, it’s still enjoyable.

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