Dessert by Deb’s Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf

Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf is an exclusive blend for Dessert by Deb subscription subscribers and is available for purchase by subscribers only at this time.

First Impressions

Another Monday, another blog post! This time it’s Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf, which is an exclusive blend for subscribers of the Dessert by Deb subscription boxes. Just a fun little perk for being a member of this club, which I think is pretty neat! Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf came as part of the first box of the subscription (December).

This black tea blend came in a sealed, resealable silver pouch. The label on the front tells me as much information as I really need, and I quite enjoy the fun colours of the Dessert by Deb design. The aroma of the dry leaf is primarily that of chocolate, vanilla, ginger, and nutmeg to me. Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf consists of organic: black tea, vanilla, ginger, cacao nibs, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, maple, honeybush, and nutmeg. Quite an assortment!

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I initially did a steep for 4 minutes, but noticed that not all of the dark chocolate had dissolved so I allowed it to steep for the full 6 minutes.

First Taste

Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf steeps to a nice golden orange colour. I did notice the oils floating on top of the tea, which is to be expected from any tea blend that has chocolate as an ingredient (or sprinkles, for that matter). The aroma is quite mild to me – it smells like both ginger and chocolate. The flavour isn’t as strong as I was expecting it to be, especially with all of the spices. I found the flavour to be lightly sweet – I can taste the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. I can’t really taste the vanilla – although I can smell it. There are hints of chocolate in the steeped tea, and I taste it a little bit – I do wish that I could taste more of it.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf, but found the flavour to be more mild than the initial steep. I would recommend steeping Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf just the one time.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Dessert by Deb’s Chocolate Gingerbread Loaf was just okay. I think part of this was because the flavour just wasn’t as strong as I was anticipating it to be. I would have liked if the chocolate and ginger flavours and aromas were stronger, just to be better tasted and smelled because of the fact that they’re part of the name of this blend. I did enjoy drinking the tea, but it wasn’t what I was expecting from the name. I think this could pair quite well with an afternoon tea, as it has some nice flavours that would balance well against desserts – especially if you’re serving any spiced cakes or miniature pies/tarts.

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Dessert by Deb’s Christmas Fruitcake

Christmas Fruitcake by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea & Rooibos / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

Christmas Fruitcake is an exclusive blend for Dessert by Deb subscription subscribers and is available for purchase by subscribers only at this time.

First Impressions

Christmas Fruitcake came in a sealed, resealable silver pouch and was part of my December box from Dessert by Deb – which was the very first box of the bimonthly year tea subscription. This is also one of two subscription exclusive blends – what a great incentive to join! I like being part of the super secret club.

This blend smells really inviting – I get strong orange, cinnamon, ginger, and clove aromas. It’s nicely mixed together and I didn’t have to shake it up to get a little bit of everything in my spoon, which was nice. Christmas Fruitcake consists of organic: green tea, rooibos, cherries, oranges and peel, elderberries, currants, raisins, rosehips, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, cloves and safflower.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Christmas Fruitcake in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did an initial steep for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Christmas Fruitcake steeps to a nice golden orange. I can definitely smell the cinnamon and ginger, I think those are the strong players in the blend of ingredients! On first taste, I notice that it has a nice sweetness. The flavour of Christmas Fruitcake is that one orange, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. All the warming qualities of ginger make it a very pleasant drink. I did find that it reminded me of the flavours that you might find in a nice spiced pound cake. As for the base of the tea blend – I don’t really taste either the green tea or the rooibos – which is both a plus and a minus because I don’t typically enjoy rooibos blends. But I don’t smell or taste the medicinal-like quality that rooibos often lends to blends.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Christmas Fruitcake and found that it didn’t hold up very well for a second steep. The rooibos was a touch more noticeable, and the ginger and orange were significantly weak compared to the initial steep. I would recommend Christmas Fruitcake for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Christmas Fruitcake. I really enjoyed the flavours in the blend, and appreciated that I wasn’t able to taste the rooibos because it’s not my favourite thing in the world. The flavour of orange, cinnamon, and ginger really make me think of a spiced pound cake – mostly because I don’t think I’ve really ever tried a fruitcake before (and if I have, I don’t remember what it tastes like!). It’s certainly a fantastic first look an exclusive tea blend for subscribers of Dessert by Deb.

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Lemon Lily’s Apple Pie Chai

Apple Pie Chai by Lemon Lily
Black Tea / Flavoured
$10.00 for 50g

I received Apple Pie Chai from Lemon Lily via the Dessert by Deb tea subscription box that I subscribe to.

First Impressions

Apple Pie Chai came in a clear plastic pouch that’s resealable with some information about the tea itself on the label. One thing I did note is that there were steeping instructions lacking on the label. I was able to find that information on the tea’s online product page, which is really awesome. If you’re ever stuck and can’t find that information, you can always find some general steeping information for the tea that you’re wanting to make on the internet – like even here on One More Steep, I’ve got an article from 2016 titled Steeping Times for Different Teas that still gets used a lot by people for just giving you some general steeping guidelines.

Apple Pie Chai has some great spice notes to it, I can smell the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and star anise. Those are honestly the strongest aromas, with a nice warm apple aroma in the background. It reminds me of an apple pie, for sure. Apple Pie Chai consists of organic: black tea, apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, vanilla bean, star anise, pink peppercorn, and maple flakes.

Preparation

Lemon Lily recommends steeping Apple Pie Chai in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did an initial steep of 5 minutes.

First Taste

Apple Pie Chai steeps to a lovely golden orange. I found that the aroma reminds me a lot of a chai – just gentle warming spices. I can smell the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and star anise. Those spices are very fragrant and I can smell them in the steeped tea, along with some sweet notes. I found that the flavour was pleasantly spiced, nice warming qualities in the flavour. The apple is very much in the background, with that fruity sweetness. I do wish that the apple had been stronger, but it’s hard for a softer flavour like apple to really be present with all those strong spice flavours.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Apple Pie Chai and found the majority of the spice flavours were quite muted in comparison. I would recommend Apple Pie Chai for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Lemon Lily’s Apple Pie Chai. I thought that the spices were fantastic and came together to make a wonderful spiced chai blend. I really enjoyed the balance between the ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Surprisingly, I didn’t find the star anise to be overwhelming (which is nice, because I’m not that big of a fan of licorice flavours). While I do wish that the apple had been stronger in flavour, I do understand the difficulties it had with all those other stronger flavours in the ingredients list. I definitely think this is a contender for a nice hot latte, as the addition of milk would balance well against the spices.

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