Dessert by Deb’s Salted Caramel Pancakes

Salted Caramel Pancakes by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

First Impressions

Salted Caramel Pancakes came as part of my Dessert by Deb Subscription Box. This black tea blend came in a metallic pouch with a clear window and a label across the front. The tea is visible through the clear window, and it reminds me visually a lot like a genmaicha because of the presence of the popped rice.

The aroma of Salted Caramel Pancakes is a strong blend of the brown sugar and maple notes, with hints of the popped rice in the background. Salted Caramel Pancakes consists of organic: black tea, caramel, popped rice, Canadian maple, brown sugar, and honeybush. The glisten from the brown sugar makes it an attractive black tea blend, with the light glitter of the sugar under the light.

Preparation

No instructions were found on the sample packaging, but I was able to find the information from the Dessert by Deb website. Dessert by Deb recommends Salted Caramel Pancakes in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes and recommended drinking it straight or as a latte.

First Taste

Salted Caramel Pancakes steeps to a lovely golden orange. The aroma remarkably reminds me of salted caramel with the popped rice lends itself to a popcorn flavour that lingers in the background. The tea itself has a thickened mouthfeel, with the flavour of salted caramel, maple, and brown sugar dominating the flavour, with the popcorn in the background. It has a nice flavour that also does well with a touch of evaporated milk. I didn’t feel like it needed some sweetener because of the presence of the brown sugar, maple, and caramel.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Salted Caramel Pancakes, but found the flavour not to be as enjoyable as the initial steep. A subsequent steep didn’t have the same level of sweetness, because it was dissolved into the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I  liked Dessert by Deb’s Salted Caramel Pancakes. It has a nice flavour profile, which does well with a black tea base. The flavour of salted caramel comes through well, although I get more flavour of popcorn than pancakes – it does still make for a good cup of tea that does well to be mixed with some evaporated milk, and I would hazard a guess that it would make for an excellent tea latte as well.

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Masters Teas’ Huang Shan Mao Feng

Huang Shan Mao Feng by Masters Teas
Green Tea / Straight
$17.00USD for 1.5oz

Masters Teas has provided me with Huang Shan Mao Feng for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Never one to shy around from trying a green tea, I was happy to receive this in the mail from Masters Teas. It came in a sealed, resealable bag with some information across the front. Huang Shan Mao Feng is described as being a premium green ta with “plenty of fuzzy tea buds”. I didn’t see too much fuzziness in the bag, but the leaves are a bright vibrant green with such vein definition, that I can forgive them for that.

The leaves are beautiful and have a light floral yet fruity aroma to it. It just seems really delicate when I shake some out into my tea pot, the leaves are long and take up quite a bit of room, and has a nice sweetness to the smell. Huang Shan Mao Feng is from Anhui, China – presumably from Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) and was harvested in April 2021, so what a treat it is to steep it in July of the same year.

Preparation

Masters Teas recommends steeping Huang Shan Mao Feng in 170°F (77°C) water for 2-3 minutes. I followed steeping instructions for my initial steep.

First Taste

Huang Shan Mao Feng steeps to a pale yellow. The aroma is grassy and floral, the tea itself is smooth with a sweet floral flavour throughout. It has a nice lychee flavour – sweet, floral, fruity. It has a great mouthfeel to it – smoothness, sweet, fruity flavours. It’s a very light tea, sweet and some notes that remind me of snap peas – it makes for a nice vegetal flavour profile.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Huang Shan Mao Feng a total of five times (six steeps total), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The floral sweet flavour became more intense with each steep, peaking at the second resteep. The leaves open up quite a bit, and become more light green – it reminds me a lot of a spring grass colour. The colour of the tea becomes a deeper golden yellow in colour as the flavour becomes stronger.

My Overall Impression

I loved Masters Teas’ Huang Shan Mao Feng. This single origin green tea is a treat from start to finish, with a nice aroma in the dry leaf, a great flavour, and resteeps well. It does make for a nice cup of tea, it steeps beautifully and it’s lovely to see the leaves as they open with each steep. The lightness in flavour makes for a cup of tea that could pair nicely with a dessert or savoury dish.

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Iced Lavender Matcha Latte

There’s just something nice about having a nice cup of iced tea in the summer time, especially when it’s sweltering hot outside and you’re trying to find some relief in the shade. I’m all for pairing some matcha with something floral, especially if it winds up tasting good and the lavender and matcha combination did not disappoint!

Iced Lavender Matcha Latte – Serves 1

2 teaspoons matcha
100ml warm water
1 tablespoon Lavender Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
200ml milk
Ice

In the matcha preparing vessel of your choice, prepare the matcha powder with water.
Once mixed, stir in Lavender Simple Syrup.
In a glass, add ice cubes, followed by sweetened matcha.
Top with milk product of your choice (I use unsweetened organic soy milk).
Garnish with lavender buds.

It takes a bit of effort to make that Lavender Simple Syrup – but it’s so worth it to get that floral flavour into your drinks! I use the same Lavender Simple Syrup in my London Fog (Earl Grey Latte) recipe.

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe & Directions

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lavender buds

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Allow mixture to come to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow the simple syrup to cool.
Pour simple syrup into a jar or container, use a sieve to strain out lavender buds.

Store Lavender Simple Syrup in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

If you make this Iced Lavender Matcha 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!