Dessert by Deb’s Butterscotch Jam Bars

Butterscotch Jam Bars by Dessert by Deb
Rooibos / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

Butterscotch Jam Bars is an exclusive blend for Dessert by Deb subscription subscribers and is available for purchase by subscribers only at this time.

First Impressions

Butterscotch Jam Bars is a rooibos blend that came in one of my subscription boxes, and it is a subscriber exclusive. This rooibos blend comes in a gold sealed, resealable pouch, with a colourful label across the front. I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t smell or taste the rooibos because it’s not one of my favourite ingredients – I tend to find that rooibos reminds me of a medicinal flavour.

Butterscotch Jam Bars has a beautiful aroma to it – I can smell brown sugar, maple, raisins and vanilla. Surprise, I can’t smell the rooibos base at all. The brown sugar and vanilla notes make me think of a cake or pastry, which is nice and quite fitting considering the name of the blend is Butterscotch Jam Bars.

Butterscotch Jam Bars consists of organic: fair trade rooibos, vanilla, Canadian maple, elderberries, currants, raisins, hibiscus, brown sugar, honey bush, and cinnamon.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Butterscotch Jam Bars in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the recommended steeping temperature and did an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Butterscotch Jam Bars steeps to a nice orange colour with a bit of a pinkish hue to it, which I credit to the hibiscus, of course. There’s the aroma of vanilla and brown sugar, with hints of raisins in the background. I found the blend to be nicely sweet, with that brown sugar and maple in the mix. It definitely tastes like a dessert, and that it should be more of a guilty pleasure that it is given the flavour of the blend. It tastes like a cake, which is really scrumptious. The big bonus (for me!) is that I can’t taste the rooibos base itself, all I taste is vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, and the hint of maple in the background.

I really don’t think that it needs a sweetener, but if you do choose to add something, I would go with brown sugar or maple syrup to play up some of the flavours that exist in the blend.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Butterscotch Jam Bars, but found that the second steep was more rooibos and less dessert-like. Which means, if you’re a fan of rooibos, then steeping again is a great way to go.

My Overall Impression

I liked Dessert by Deb’s Butterscotch Jam Bars. I really appreciated the care into developing the flavours that shone through in the initial steep. The use of brown sugar and maple with the blend of elderberries, currants, and raisins, really helped to create the flavour of a baked good. The initial steep was definitely preferred by me over the resteep because I’m not a fan of rooibos. For those who do love rooibos though, I think you’ll get more enjoyment from resteeping it.

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Dessert by Deb’s Lemongrass Milk Pudding

Lemongrass Milk Pudding by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

First Impressions

I got Lemongrass Milk Pudding as part of my subscription box from Dessert by Deb (the March-April box). The tea itself came in a clear plastic resealable pouch, so I can see all the ingredients inside. Lemongrass Milk Pudding is part of the Garden Tea Party collection.

This green tea blend has a beautiful dry leaf ,especially with the aroma. Lemongrass Milk Pudding consists of certified organic: jasmine green tea, sencha, lemongrass, coconut, toasted coconut, and ginger. The aroma of the dry leaf is primarily the toasted coconut, lemongrass, and some floral creamy notes. Surprisingly, I don’t really smell the ginger at all – but because it’s at the end of the ingredients list, I don’t expect it to be a majority player in the blend.

Preparation

Because this is a sample pouch, there were no steeping instructions. But I was able to easily find information on the Dessert by Deb website. Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Lemongrass Milk Pudding in 200°F (93°C) water for 5-6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 5 minutes at the recommended water temperature.

First Taste

Lemongrass Milk Pudding steeps to a beautiful golden yellow. There’s some beautiful aromas from this steeped green tea – I get the aroma of lemongrass, vanilla, cream, and floral notes. It’s really quite pleasant. The tea itself is smooth, and none of the flavours are overpowering the other one. I get that sweetness, floral, vanilla, buttery cream, and lemongrass flavour all at once and it’s really quite pleasant. It’s a really delicate feeling tea because it’s just a pretty and decadent feeling tea.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Lemongrass Milk Pudding twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found it did pretty decent with each steep, and the balance of flavours got a bit more towards the floral sweetness as I resteeped it, which I quite enjoyed.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Lemongrass Milk Pudding. The balance of flavours was just so well done with this blend that has two green teas as its base. I found the mix of flavours to be pleasant and delicate feeling, and it just makes for a really feminine feel in how delicate and feminine it feels. I think that’s in part with the floral notes from the jasmine green tea and the garden party feel to it. I could definitely picture myself serving Lemongrass Milk Pudding at an afternoon tea party and seeing it be well received.

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Dessert by Deb’s Lady Grey’s Garden

Lady Grey’s Garden by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

I received Lady Grey’s Garden as part of my purchased subscription box from Dessert by Deb. This tea is part of the Spring Garden Party Collection and is not subscriber exclusive.

First Impressions

Lady Grey’s Garden comes in a gold foil pouch that’s sealed and resealable with a familiar, colourful label. The first thing I noticed when opening up the pouch was the strong bergamot, lavender, and rose notes – which then made me think of a garden. Well played, Dessert by Deb.

This black tea blend is a play on the classic Earl Grey. Lady Grey’s Garden contains organic: black tea, natural bergamot, lemon peel, lemongrass, rose petals, lavender, and calendula petals. It’s a very pretty blend to look at with those vibrant colours! I can definitely smell the lemongrass after removing some of it from the pouch – the floral ingredients are definitely quite strong as well.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Lady Grey’s Garden in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the recommended temperature of water and did an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Lady Grey’s Garden steeps to a lovely golden yellow. The aromas that I can make out are lemongrass, the citrus notes of bergamot, and the lavender. It has a nice freshness to it that reminds me of spring. The flavour is a nice blend of everything – I can taste the bergamot the most, with the lavender, rose, and lemongrass mingling in the background. It has a sweetness to it, which I did expect, and has a strong floral flavour to it. I find it really has a nice feminine feel to the flavour profile, since Lady Grey’s Garden is so floral-forward. It definitely makes me feel a bit more decadent when drinking it because it feels like such a treat.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Lady Grey’s Garden once, adding an additional 30 seconds for the subsequent steep. I found that the floral notes weren’t as strong as the initial steep, which is something that I had anticipated. The bergamot flavour is still there, and the black tea base is a bit more obvious as it has a slight astringent taste to it.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Lady Grey’s Garden. I found it to be the loveliest floral blend – both for the eyes and the taste buds. I really struggle at times to enjoy twists on Earl Grey because I love the traditional take on the blend so much, but it’s just so nice to enjoy the floral flavours and it definitely makes me want to get a group of friends together for a little tea party. A nice bonus is that it isn’t a subscriber exclusive, so you won’t need to join the subscription box in order to get access to it – but the subscription box is pretty sweet, so why not get in on it?

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