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I like this one. Of course, I adore hojicha, so I’m not that surprised. It sort of tastes like if you made cinnamon toast with cinnamon raisin bread. The hojicha adds a nice “burnt crispy edges” sort of note to it. And I do taste the raisiny notes as well, along with plenty of cinnamon.

My only slight complaint would be, it’s almost a bit too sweet? Not overwhelmingly so, but as someone who doesn’t sweeten her tea, I think I would like it more with slightly less sugar. It also has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, but I find that fairly normal for hojicha.

I think I’ll probably still reorder it at some point, just because it’s just a unique flavor profile and it really captures the flavor of cinnamon raisin bread.

Flavors: Burnt, Cinnamon, Raisins, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toast

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

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L is for… Lemongrass Milk Pudding!

This isn’t my favourite tea, but I am a big fan of the coconut/lemongrass combination in general, and this one works fairly well for me. Don’t really taste anything beyond creamy lemongrass, but that’s fine with me. This tea, however, does not resteep well at all (not that many greens do, but this one is particularly bad).

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O is not for…Marshmallow Crispy Square

That said, I have been thinking about this and trying it as a latte since I tried it for the first time a couple days back. So, I decided I would take the time to have it as a latte today.

The smell of coconut coming off this latte was so strong and while I definitely get a coconut cream aftertaste, the majority of the sip is actually more the toasted rice/genmaicha. It’s good but less dessert-like than I expected. Weirdly enough I found this was the case when I would make the 52 Teas Marshmallow Genmaicha Treat blends as lattes. For some reason the prep method brings out the base over the flavoring with these…

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M is for…Marshmallow Crispy Square

This is from one of my earlier Deb orders and I just kept overlooking it. People in the Sipdown group were talking about it the other day though and so it seemed as good a time as any to give it a go.

I actually really like it. It reminds me of 52 Teas Marshmallow Treat Genmaichas…with a whole lot of coconut as Deb tends to do.

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drank Morning Mimosa by Dessert by Deb
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M is for…Morning Mimosa

This was part of my sub box. I decided to make it as a tea pop. Except I am really not liking it that way. It’s got a lot of citrus flavor but there is almost sort of skunky about this. I think its something weird about the teapop and will try the last serving either just iced or hot.

Sil

poop

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drank Jasmine Rainbow Punch by Dessert by Deb
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I dislike jasmine…thankfully this one was super light…sort of reminded me of “punch” but was also a little bitter. Another sample from VariaTEA. Love sharing teas even if they aren’t always wins!

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J is for… Jolly Jammy Linzer!

A little short on “J” teas too, and didn’t want to go digging, so I grabbed this one. Unfortunately, I recall absolutely nothing about it today. I know my first attempt was too heavy on the yucky medicinal rooibos flavours, but if those were present this time, they weren’t as apparent. All I can really say is that it was drinkable, and I drank it. Lots left, better review to come later.

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drank Morning Mimosa by Dessert by Deb
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Ugh i had this the other day and while the tea wasn’t super exciting it was a reasonable brew…and smelled fantastic! thanks for the sample variaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome! Still have to try this one myself

Sil

I need to remember to try it as a cold brew

VariaTEA

I think my plan was to make a teapop

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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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drank Cocoa Lavender Latte by Dessert by Deb
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nope. Too much lavender, not enough “cocoa” and mostly just nope. Thanks for the share VariaTEA haha

Kittenna

Yes, so much lavender. Now I kind of want this one…

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I’m with Sil on this one…

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I have finally filled the TTB as much as I intend to and have divided up the Sil samples for me and Roswell Strange. That means the box is ready to go to Ros. And since that is ready, the other packages I have been filling were all to get closed off too so my brother-in-law could make one big run to the post office.

One of those packages is for one of my best friends who loves lavender earl greys. I intended to pull this sample out to make as a latte and send the rest off to her. However, my latte used the whole sample so this is actually my first empty of April – yay!!

This is fine. The lavender, as per usual, is not my favorite. It’s soapy but not overwhelming like it was in Cocoa Lavender Latte. However, its enough that I don’t really want this again. The bergamot doesn’t do much to improve it for me but that is because I am picky with my earl greys anyways. Basically this had a lot working against it when it comes to my personal tastes. What it had that was appealing was the tea cake aspect and I am not getting much cake. Like I said, it’s fine. It’s not for me though. Now I feel bad not just passing this on since my friend likely would have appreciated it more.

Tiffany :)

I can’t remember if I’ve had this one or not? (slowly but surely working my way through Deb’s collection) Anyway, looking forward to the TTB and my little package. :)

VariaTEA

I am excited for you to get your package too. I will confirm once the post office run is done! I do need to mention I sealed your package and only then realized the little note I wrote for you sitting on my counter :(

Tiffany :)

Can you private message me on IG (it won’t let me message you through here)? Just want to make sure the address is correct [have mail issues] and you can send me a picture of the note if you didn’t throw it away already.

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drank Cookie Butter by Dessert by Deb
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Originally I was going to make a latte of a different tea but I wasn’t sure I would have enough leaf so I randomly grabbed another tea out of the drawer and it was this. I feel like cookie butter has been popular with bakers lately, at least the ones I follow on Instagram.

Anyways, I wanted something caramel-esque and this seemed close enough to what I was going for. As a latte this is very good because it has a sort of thickness in the flavour that you would get from a cookie butter. It’s also sweet but not quite fully caramel. I think it’s got a classic Deb flavour profile with the heavy maple chips and I think it could be flat if I don’t make it as a latte but as a latte it’s good.

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drank Banana French Toast by Dessert by Deb
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feeling better about this one today…less artificial today. still nothing to write home about, but a better cup than the first

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drank Banana French Toast by Dessert by Deb
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odd one out here…banana flavour seemed artificial to me. Will need to try it again when i can pay more attention to it

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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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This smells wonderful, just like Deb’s other orange blends. I tried to get each of the ingredients when I steeped this (dark chocolate, orange, rooibos base etc.)

This produces an oily sheen, which is to be expected since this contains chocolate, but it is not an unpleasant mouthfeel.

This mostly tastes like red rooibos tea with a hint of orange. I wish the chocolate note was stronger.

I do not think I will repurchase this.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Orange, Orange Zest

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I’m realizing I only like lavender minimally in my tea blends. I believe Deb nailed this tea blend because if you like lavender and coconut, you will enjoy this. However, it tastes a bit too soapy for me, but that isn’t the tea’s fault; just my preference.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lavender, Soap

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I ended up getting this because I saw a lot of positive reviews on this tea! And oh boy! Was this ever floral. It smells like a garden! And it also reminds me of my essential oil diffuser blends from sage! :)

I think Deb nailed the flavour of lavender and coconut. It also goes well with the earthy, mild green tea base. The smell is also extremely strong because there is so much lavender in this tea.

I think if you love lavender, then you will love this tea. However, I have learned I feel impartial towards lavender. I neither strongly like nor dislike it, so I feel pretty neutral about this tea blend.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lavender

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