Dessert by Deb’s Frosted Winter Apple

Frosted Winter Apple by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

Frosted Winter Apple is an exclusive blend for Dessert by Deb subscription subscribers and is available for purchase by subscribers only at this time.

First Impressions

Frosted Winter Apple was a subscriber exclusive from the 2020 January/February Dessert by Deb subscriber box. This tea came in a foil pouch with a colourful label on the front. The tea has a lovely aroma – it smells like coconut and apples. It does have a nice sweetness to it, which is inviting and reminds me that all of the teas from Dessert by Deb are really sweets/dessert focused.

This blended green tea consists of: green tea, coconut, apple, elderberries, rosehips, and palm sugar. It’s a gorgeous tea, I love the look of it with the green tea blended with the coconut, and it smells lovely. I don’t smell the green tea, elderberries, or rosehips. It looks lovely.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Frosted Winter Apple in 200°F (93°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Frosted Winter Apple steeps to a pale peachy orange. There’s a bit of an oil slick across the top that I attribute to the oils from the coconut. There’s a sweet, slightly fruity aroma to it. On first taste, I really notice the coconut. There’s some fruity notes that I believe are from the apple – which make it quite pleasant. Frosted Winter Apple has a nice amount of sweetness to it. It’s pleasant to the taste buds, but the green tea base doesn’t shine through very much for me.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Frosted Winter Apple and fond that it didn’t do too well. There was a lack of coconut and apple in the follow up cup.

My Overall Impression

I liked Dessert by Deb’s Frosted Winter Apple. I found the coconut to be very pleasant and worked well wit the sweet, fruity notes. I did wish that the green tea shined through a bit more, and perhaps had more apple flavour versus coconut since apple is the ingredient that pops up in the name. It’s a pleasant dessert tea though, I found it to be nicely sweetened with the fruit and the palm sugar.

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Vancouver Tea Festival 2020: Recap

This year’s Vancouver Tea Festival took place on March 7th & 8th, 2020 at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia. It’s also the first year at this new location and my first time attending an event at Nikkei as well. Parking was pretty accessible at this new location, and I didn’t have issues finding it (with the help of my GPS…). I did see several bus stops nearby on a major road, so I feel as if it’d be pretty transit friendly as well.

As always, there were classes and tastings to attend that were on a first come, first serve basis. I was only able to attend on day 2 (Sunday) and I was there for a limited period of time, so I focused my time on the market and checking out the vendors as I didn’t think I would have enough time to sit in on a tasting or class this year. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to attend a class.

I did manage to take some time to chat up with a lot of the vendors, as well as sitting down and having tea with quite a few of them as well, which made it all the more enjoyable.

Some familiar faces were there this year, along with many new tea friends to be made!

Amoda Tea (above) and 8 Corners (below)

Wize Monkey (above) and Sunzen Art Gallery (below)

JusTea

The Chinese Tea Shop

kyth + kyn (above) and Teakan (below)

Van Cha

Jones Tea (above) and Sunny M (below)

Tea Lani (above) and Trudy Ann’s Chai & Spices (below)

Trudy Ann’s Chai & Spices (above) and Whisk Premium Matcha (below)

Many thanks to Del & the hard working team behind the 2020 Vancouver Tea Festival for putting on a great event – and thank you for the media pass. I saw a lot of volunteers running around, helping people check in at registration and supplying people with tasting cups, as well as those that were checking in with vendors to make sure they had enough water for all the tea that was being steeped!

I managed to buy quite a bit of tea this year, and I’m really looking forward to reviewing them all and sharing those reviews here on One More Steep. They’ll be sprinkled throughout along with the stash of tea I have waiting for me right now. Definitely be sure to follow me on Instagram (@onemoresteep) as well to see my daily tea posts as well as stories on my tea drinking.

Birch Moon Wellness Co.’s Cha-Cha Chaga

Cha-Cha Chaga by Birch Moon Wellness Co.
Herbal Tisane / Straight
$19.00 for 30g (20 sachets)

Birch Moon Wellness Co. has provided me with Cha-Cha Chaga for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Cha-Cha Chaga is the second of the trio of tisanes sent to me by Birch Moon Wellness Co. (you might the first one that I reviewed last week, Sweet Zzz’s). Like Sweet Zzz’s, Cha-Cha Chaga comes in a colourfully designed cardstock box that shares some more information about the tea on the inside with a handy flap on the side for opening. Chaga is described on the packaging as being a medicinal mushroom with “high antioxidant potency, immune support, and detoxifying benefits”. Birch Moon Wellness Co. does recommend consulting a health care professional if you have any medication conditions or taking prescription medications, and also to not take it if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

A little research on my part found that there’s a lot of information out there about what chaga is thought to do, but very little human studies have been done on the fungus itself. Chaga is a parasitic fungus that grows on birch and other trees in the northern hemisphere. It’s really important to check in with your physician or pharmacist, especially if you’re taking medications, because chaga can interact with: NSAIDs, blood thinners (like warfarin!), oral diabetic medications, and immunosuppressive drugs. So definitely consult your health care professional when taking a new herbal supplement of any kind, you don’t want your medications to stop working or there to be a compounded effect.

Cha-Cha Chaga consists of purely chaga powder. The aroma of the dry leaf is mostly earthiness that reminds me of the smell of the earth or a forest after there’s been raining, it’s quite relaxing. Cha-Cha Chaga does come prepackaged into individual tea sachets, but I ripped them open to see what was inside because that’s just what I do.

Preparation

Birch Moon Wellness recommends steeping Cha-Cha Chaga in boiling water (100°C/212°F) water for 10 to 15 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 12 minutes.

First Taste

Cha-Cha Chaga steeps to a brownish red. I found there to be a definitely earthy to the steeped tisane. It reminds me a lot of the smell of mushrooms before they’ve been cooked – in particular portobellos. There’s just something about Cha-Cha Chaga that reminds me of that. There’s some very tasty savoury notes to it, I quite like it. It’s not very sweet, but I don’t think it really needs to be since it has such a nice savoury quality to it that reminds me of soup almost. I found there to be an interesting mouth feel that is almost astringent but without the mouth pucker quality.

A Second Cup?

I found resteeping Cha-Cha Chaga wasn’t as good as the initial steep in terms of those nice savoury, earthy notes, so I would recommend steeping Cha-Cha Chaga just the one time.

My Overall Impression

I loved Birch Moon Wellness Co.’s Cha-Cha Chaga. Now, I wasn’t drinking it for any of the potential health benefits, I was just drinking it as a tisane and because I was curious – but I found it to be quite tasty! I’m really not going to be commenting on the assumed health benefits because I haven’t done enough research into it, but it is really tasty. I loved the savoury qualities and the earthy notes that just make it into a nice cuppa. It’s definitely not a dessert tea (and goodness, I drink a lot of those!), the mushroom earthiness is a nice quality from the chaga that I do appreciate.

I highly recommend checking in with your physician or pharmacist or whomever you need to talk to from your health care team before trying a tisane with chaga or any other herbal ingredient(s) that may interact with your prescription medications or exacerbate any medical conditions that you may have.

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