Dessert by Deb’s Jasmine Rainbow Punch

Jasmine Rainbow Punch by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

First Impressions

Jasmine Rainbow Punch is a green tea blend that I received as part of my Dessert by Deb subscription box – fun fact, this is not a subscriber exclusive. It came in a matte gold bag with a very familiar colourful label on the front. At first glance at the name, I thought that it might be a fruit tisane but it’s not, Jasmine Rainbow Punch is green tea blend! Music to my ears because green tea does lend itself well to go with fruity notes.

Jasmine Rainbow Punch’s pouch is sealed and resealable, which is one of my preferred packaging features. The dry leaf is quite pretty! It has a bright citrus and floral aroma to it. Jasmine Rainbow Punch is certainly a rainbow of colourful ingredients and consists of organic: green tea, jasmine, apple, hibiscus, rosehips, orange peel, oranges, calendula petals.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Jasmine Rainbow Punch in 200°F (93°C) water for 4 to 5 minutes. I opted to follow the recommended steeping temperature and steeped for 5 minutes. The packaging also says to drinks as an iced tea, so I followed that as well.

First Taste

Jasmine Rainbow Punch steeps to a bright, deep pink colour. I credit that to the hibiscus, because I know how colourful that flower can be. The aroma is floral and citrus from the orange. I did take a sip of the hot tea, and found it to be kind of meh. Then I poured it over iced and it really did wonders for the tea. There’s a pleasant citrus flavour, the floral notes from the jasmine are brightened up when iced, and I found it to have a nice mix of fruity sweetness and tart from the hibiscus.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Jasmine Rainbow Punch, but found that the flavour to be lacking compared to the initial steep. I really enjoyed the brightness in the initial steep, but the second steep wasn’t just living up to my expectations – but I wasn’t too surprised as fruit in blends don’t tend to hold up well to being resteeped.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Jasmine Rainbow Punch. I really enjoyed the initial steep of these leaves – it just has a nice brightness, lovely citrus notes that are so inviting. The directions to enjoy as an iced tea were true, as I greatly enjoyed it as an iced tea and found it a bit meh while hot, but it wasn’t meant to be drank hot. I would even go as far as recommend having it with a slice of lemon or mixing with lemonade to add even more brightness to it.

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Dessert by Deb’s Marshmallow Crispy Square

Marshmallow Crispy Square by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

First Impressions

Marshmallow Crispy Square came in my Dessert by Deb subscription box and this one is not a subscriber exclusive so you’re able to get it from her website. Coming in a shiny metallic pouch, Marshmallow Crispy Square can be seen through the clear plastic window. At first glance it looks like a genmaicha (a Japanese green tea with roasted/popped rice), but there’s a bit more to it than that.

Marshmallow Crispy Square consists of organic: green tea, popped rice, coconut, toasted coconut, and palm sugar. It definitely smells like a genmaicha – it has some great popcorn notes from that rice, and there’s the coconut for some added interest that just makes me want to try it out.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Marshmallow Crispy Square in 95°C (200°F) water for 5 to 6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep with the recommended water temperature for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Marshmallow Crispy Square steeps to an orange-brown colour. It smells like a genmaicha. The flavour is sweet, has those familiar popcorn notes from the popped rice, a nice amount of umami from the green tea base, and then there’s the coconut. It’s not as forefront as I expected in the flavour profile, but I think that’s because the popped rice is so strong – which isn’t a bad thing! There is the natural sweetness from the coconut, and it has a nice flavour, just playing in the background and it adds a nice tropical pizzazz to the tea.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Marshmallow Crispy Square and found that the flavour wasn’t quite what it was in the initial steep. I found it to be less sweet, with less coconut notes and muted of the popcorn flavours. It was a decent resteep, but I prefer the initial steep much more overall.

My Overall Impression

I liked Dessert by Deb’s Marshmallow Crispy Square. While I didn’t really get the marshmallow notes, I definitely found the popped rice did a great job of providing the aroma of the iconic cereal in the treat. This is a lovely twist on a classic traditional Japanese tea, and as a fan of genmaicha it was a nice tea to drink. It does lovely as a hot tea, and I think it’d be nice iced (I do love an iced genmaicha!), I think the coconut would really shine in an iced tea preparation.

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Dessert by Deb’s Rhubarb Sugar Pie

Rhubarb Sugar Pie by Dessert by Deb
Rooibos & Black Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

First Impressions

Rhubarb Sugar Pie came as a tea sample in my Dessert by Deb subscription box. What drew me to it first was the bright magenta metallic pouch – followed by the fact that there were pieces inside that were also brightly magenta in colour. This is a rooibos and and black tea blend, when I first opened the pouch I found that it has a very mild aroma. I can smell the maple and the apple, and it reminds me of (apple) pie, for sure.

Rhubarb Sugar Pie consists of organic: fair trade rooibos, black tea, vanilla, apple, maple, hibiscus, brown sugar and beetroot powder. When I asked Deb about those brightly coloured pieces, turns out that it’s the apple that has been dusted with beet root powder (how clever is that?).

Preparation

At the time of writing, I wasn’t able to find the blend on the Dessert by Deb website, but her other black teas and rooibos blends are steeped in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes, so I opted to follow those instructions for Rhubarb Sugar Pie and did an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Rhubarb Sugar Pie steeps to a bright reddish pink colour, thanks to the hibiscus and the beet root powder. It has a pleasant aroma and I can make out the molasses notes from the brown sugar, and something that’s a bit fruity (likely the apple?). It is sweeter than I expected, has some strong brown sugar/molasses flavours, as well as apple. I can taste the maple and vanilla, which lends itself nice to making me think of baked goods, especially when coupled with the brown sugar. I don’t taste either the rooibos or black tea base – which is either good or bad? I wouldn’t have minded a stronger black tea base, but I wouldn’t have wanted to taste the rooibos either.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Rhubarb Sugar Pie and found the colour to be really light compared to the initial steep, and the flavour wasn’t as strong with lighter brown sugar notes – I really enjoyed that molasses flavour.

My Overall Impression

I liked Dessert by Deb’s Rhubarb Sugar Pie. I’m always a sucker for a nice rooibos blend when I cannot actually taste the rooibos, and Rhubarb Sugar Pie ticks that box for me. It’s got a pleasant flavour that really does remind me of a pie. It’s not as tart as I expecting with a name like Rhubarb Sugar Pie, but it’s got some great flavours that do remind me of baked goods (the brown sugar, vanilla, apple). I had this one both hot and iced and think it does better iced, so would highly recommend having it that way since it’s still iced tea season as its not pumpkin spice season (yet).

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