This TTB is my first chance to try out Dessert by Deb teas, and so far I’m finding that I either really like them or I… don’t. But the ones I like, I like (and I have a few more enticing ones that Cameron B. sent me that I’ll be tasting after I send the TTB on, thank you!). This blend falls into the category of DBD teas that I really like.
When I brewed it up, the lime peels in the blend turned a bright kiwi green, which was visually really fun! The tea itself was a little cloudy from the matcha, but cleared up once the matcha settled. It smells exactly on point to the description, and the taste is almost exactly there too. There’s sweet-but-not-cloying lime and a touch of creaminess, though I suppose it could be creamier for the “pie” aspect. After trying it, I paired it with Cuban food – a salad with a lemony dressing and platanos with mojo – and that pairing worked really well. I brewed up a second steep with the leaves (about 8 minutes at 180f) and added oat milk. That gave it the creaminess I was looking for a little more of in the first steep and made for a really nice dessert drink. In fairness, it might be my own fault that it wasn’t so creamy – I ignored the directions to brew at 200f because it’s a green tea and I didn’t want to burn it, so I brewed at 175f instead. It’s entirely possible that if brewed at the recommended temperature, the creamy/pie notes would be stronger. Next time!