Berry Cream Shortcake

Tea type
Fruit Green Blend
Ingredients
Currants, Maple Crystals, Organic Coconut, Organic Elderberries, Organic Full Leaf Green Tea, Organic Hibiscus, Raisins
Flavors
Blueberry, Coconut, Creamy, Dry Grass, Smooth, Sweet, Berries, Berry, Cake, Cream, Hibiscus, Maple Syrup, Vegetal
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “Sipdown! (61 | 191) This one is just really underwhelming to me. It’s mostly just coconut. There’s maybe a tiny bit of something approaching a dark berry as well? But really, to me, it’s a light...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “Sipdown (1331)! I mean no shade by this, but I’m honestly shocked how much I ended up liking this tea. It’s not the kind of profile I would have ordered for myself (this was a freebie sample shared...” Read full tasting note
    81
  • “Ou! I like this one quiet a bit. It smells like berries and cream. After steeping this tea, it smells like coconut with a hint of berry. Most of Deb’s other green teas, except for Pumpkin Pie Tart...” Read full tasting note
    73
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    68

From Dessert by Deb

A celebration dedicated to cake and treats wouldn’t be complete without one of the most classic, beloved desserts EVER: shortcake! And not just any shortcake: a berry creamy sweet shortcake, pardon the pun. This fruity green tea blend chock full of creamy coconut, elderberries, currants, and maple steeps a beautiful pink and would make a fantastic latte with some non-dairy milk (the presence of hibiscus may make dairy milk curdle), just imagine that sweet pink foam. Cake in a mug? YES, PLEASE!

Certified organic ingredients: Green Tea, Elderberries, Raisins, Currants, Hibiscus, Canadian Maple, Coconut, Toasted Coconut

Handcrafted in Toronto, Canada.

Steeping instructions: 2 tea spoons at 200F for 5-6 mins

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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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Sipdown! (61 | 191)

This one is just really underwhelming to me.

It’s mostly just coconut. There’s maybe a tiny bit of something approaching a dark berry as well?

But really, to me, it’s a light coconut green tea. There is a bit of creaminess to the coconut, which is nice I suppose. The green base is okay, just one of the usual dry grassy ones.

Meh!

Flavors: Blueberry, Coconut, Creamy, Dry Grass, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown (1331)!

I mean no shade by this, but I’m honestly shocked how much I ended up liking this tea. It’s not the kind of profile I would have ordered for myself (this was a freebie sample shared by VariaTEA from one of our group orders), and after my experienced with the Matcha Cream Puff I would have felt especially like it wouldn’t have been my style…

However, both cups of this that I made were just exceptionally delicious. Really great balance of flavours, with that perfect “whipped cream” shortcake kind of note mixed with macerated mixed berries and just enough green tea. Do I dare call this one of my favourite Dessert By Deb blends!? Certainly not my favourite but… up there, I think!

Does Deb carry this one all the time!? I think I need more in my next order…

Silent Kettle

This motivates me to purchase smaller 25 gram bag of this! I think I got a sample size before, but I want to give this another try! :)

Have you tried her banana french toast yet? I think it is the best banana tea I have ever had, lol! :)

Roswell Strange

Not yet, but I have some coming in a swap package eventually! That’s exciting though – I am a big fan of banana teas :)

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Ou! I like this one quiet a bit. It smells like berries and cream. After steeping this tea, it smells like coconut with a hint of berry.

Most of Deb’s other green teas, except for Pumpkin Pie Tart and Deep Dish Apple Pie, have a prominent classic vegetal green tea taste. However, with this one, I can hardly taste the green tea. Instead, what I taste more is berries, hibiscus, and coconut.

With that being said, I am not sure if I get a strawberry flavour from this per se. It actually reminds me more of blueberries!

I am not sure if I will repurchase this one because Deb has some other yummy tea blends that I love. However, I am glad I got to try it! :)

Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Coconut

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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6173 tasting notes

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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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!

Like an off-brand version of a Strawberry Patch Doll, the aroma of this tea is sooo close to original but goes for the generic “berry” aroma and flavour.

Two types of coconut ingredients and maple give this a “trademark” Dessert by Deb profile, which I find satisfying and generally convincing as in-built “creamers” and sweeteners”. The hibiscus, elderberry, and currants create the generic “mystery red berry” flavour here. The vegetal green base sometimes works ok and sometimes distracts, depending on the cup and my head space.

I know vanilla is expensive right now but I kind of wonder how this blend would’ve turned out if that were used in lieu of some or all of the coconut. Turns out I have a coconut cap when it’s used as a flavouring tool.

I didn’t really care for it iced or with milk (don’t use real milk. It’s bad).

Rating: 68 A fun concept, but at times the coconut/hibby gives it an almost metallic quality. Elderberries and other ingredients can also come across as a little “soapy.”

Flavors: Berry, Cake, Coconut, Cream, Hibiscus, Maple Syrup, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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