Dessert by Deb’s Lemon Coconut Pie

Lemon Coconut Pie by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

First Impressions

Lemon Coconut Pie comes in a white matte fill bag (sealed and resealable). The colourful label tells me all the information about the tea that I’ll need to know. The aroma of the blend is basically lemon and coconut, which matches very well with the name of the tea.

This black tea blend consists of organic: black tea, vanilla, lemon peel, toasted coconut, and coconut. It’s a beautiful blend of ingredients and smells so good.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Lemon Coconut Pie in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Lemon Coconut Pie steeps to an orange brown colour. There’s a mild bit of oil floating on top of the tea, which I think is either from the lemon peel or coconut. There’s a light coconut aroma, with strong lemon overtones. The flavour of Lemon Coconut Pie is naturally sweet, I can taste the lemon and coconut and I find that there’s a touch of creaminess in the tea that I think is from the vanilla – which does remind me of baked goods (a.k.a. pie?).

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Lemon Coconut Pie once, adding an additional 30 seconds for the steep. I found the flavour to be similar to the initial steep – just a bit less coconut and lemon flavour. It’s still tasty, but I enjoyed the initial steep of the leaves the best.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Lemon Coconut Pie. I love how well the name matches with the flavour and aroma of the tea blend that Deb put together. There’s a nice sweetness to it, paired with the coconut and lemon flavours that works really well together. I think it would be a nice option to have with afternoon tea, it could do well with a lemon tart or lemon meringue pie – or any other dessert that may pair well with lemon or other citrus flavours.

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Naked Teas Galore’s Ms. Grey

Ms. Grey by Naked Teas Galore
Black Tea / Flavoured
$7.35 for 50g

First Impressions

Ms. Grey was one of my purchases from Naked Teas Galore, and it appealed to me because it’s an Earl Grey-inspired blend. This black tea blend is organic and comes in a matte black bag (sealed and resealable). The aroma is very zesty and beautiful, I can definitely see some cornflower petals.

Ms. Grey consists of organic: ceylon, orange peel, lemon peel, lime peel, lavender, blue cornflowers, and natural flavouring. It definitely has a bright citrus aroma and I get a hint of lavender when I smell the dry leaf.

Preparation

Naked Teas Galore recommends steeping Ms. Grey in 100°C (212°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of 4 minutes.

First Taste

Ms. Grey steeps to a reddish orange colour. There’s a pleasant citrus aroma (reminds me mostly of lime over lemon and bergamot). It is a touch bitter, but I do get the floral notes from the lavender coming through. I find that the black tea base to be a bit astringent at my steeping time of 4 minutes. I also tried Ms. Grey with a touch of honey and milk, and found that it helped to temper the bitterness and made it more palatable.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Ms. Grey, but found it to be lacking the lavender and citrus notes from the initial steep. I would recommend Ms. Grey for just the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Naked Teas Galore’s Ms. Grey. I thought that it made an interesting twist on a classic Earl Grey blend by adding the orange, lemon, and lime. It really added a zest quality to the flavour and I thought it was nice. I do wish that there was less bitterness to the .

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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

September is always the start of the #PSL season- Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

While I know a lot of people who enjoy a good PSL, I happen to be a non-coffee drinker (of course) and I want to enjoy the pumpkin spice lifestyle as well! But what’s to stop a tea lover from making it a tea-based Pumpkin Spice Latte? From a blend of pumpkin pie spices to real pumpkin puree and topped off with whipped cream, this recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte is decadent treat, and sure to make for a cozy mug of tea on a cool autumn evening.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte – Serves 2

Pumpkin Spice Mix¹
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
½ tablespoon ground cardamom

¹ Use the mix in the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, and in other pumpkin spice recipes!

4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree²
1 tablespoon Pumpkin Spice Mix
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2½ cups milk (dairy or dairy-free – I used unsweetened soy milk!)
3 teaspoons black tea (or 3 tea bags)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

² Make sure you find canned puree pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie filling (canned pumpkin pie filling often comes premixed with spices, and you’ll be adding in your own spice mix).

³ I highly recommend choosing a black that that either comes with spices already included (e.g. a “chai spiced” tea) or a plain unflavoured black tea – since you’re already going to be mixing it with (pumpkin) spices.

Garnishes – Optional
Whipped cream (canned or freshly whip) or whipped coconut cream
Cinnamon (ground or stick)
Nutmeg (ground)

Prepare Pumpkin Spice Mix
Mix all ingredients together.
Store in air-tight glass container.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
In a saucepan on medium heat:
Mix together Pumpkin Spice Mix, canned pumpkin puree, and brown sugar.
Add milk, continue to stir.
Add black tea and allow it to reach a boil.


Turn down the heat to low and allow the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte to simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Using a strainer, pour the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte into 2 cups.
Top with optional garnish (I like whipped cream with or without a dusting of ground cinnamon).

If you make this Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!