DavidsTea’s Christmas Morning Blend

Christmas Morning Blend by DavidsTea
Black Tea / Flavoured
$9.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Just one more day until the big day – but the house has been ready for a while now! Last year’s Christmas was certainly different – with video calls and opening presents on camera, having dropped off presents in advance to make sure everyone had things to open the morning-of. It’s a bit different this year, and perhaps more normal… ish. And what is the better way to to enjoy time with family and opening presents and enjoying a nice breakfast than a nice cup of tea.

Obviously if a tea company comes out with a tea blend called Christmas Morning Blend, I’ll need to give it a try… and consider having it for Christmas Day morning. It has a bright vanilla aroma and smells really inviting in that regard. Christmas Morning Blend consists of: black tea, natural vanilla flavouring, white cornflower blossoms, and vanilla. It has a beautiful appearance and a lovely aroma – the white cornflower petals are beautiful.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Christmas Morning Blend in 200°F (95°C) water for 3 to 5 minutes.

First Taste

Christmas Morning Blend steeps to a deep orange, with a strong vanilla aroma to it.  The flavour of the tea itself is earthy, vanilla, with just a touch of astringency at the tail end of each sip. It lacks sweetness, that I would have appreciated. There’s just something about Christmas Morning Blend that reminds me a bit of a breakfast tea, just with vanilla mingled throughout.

I opted to add some sweetener to it (a plain simple syrup), and added some frothed milk. Christmas Morning Blend holds up well to being a tea latte, and the addition of milk really makes it creamy and mellows out the astringency from the black tea base in a good way.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Christmas Morning Blend, but found that the vanilla flavours were lacking. I would recommend Christmas Morning blend for just the one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Christmas Morning Blend. While I liked it as a straight tea, I loved it as a tea latte. It’s definitely a gentle black tea that is begging to be make into a tea latte; the vanilla notes are delicious and just adding the frothed milk allows for a creamy, tasty tea. I am looking forward to offering Christmas Morning Blend tomorrow with the family brunch.

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Dessert by Deb’s Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake

Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$6.50 for 25g

Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake came as part of the bimonthly subscription box from Dessert by Deb.

First Impressions

Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake is definitely a name of a tea blend that invokes a certain imagery. Perhaps angel food cake baked in a bundt pan, with a blueberry lavender glaze across the top, with a healthy slice onto a plate with a cup of tea on the side. Definitely a London Fog in a cup, because why not? Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake comes in a matte metallic pouch that’s sealed, resealable. The label across the front is a beautiful, polka dotted label that’s fun like the rest of Dessert by Deb’s labelling.

Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake is part of Dessert by Deb’s Garden Tea Party Collection. Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake consists of organic: black tea, elderberries, currants, hibiscus, Canadian maple, lavender, vanilla, and freeze-dried blueberries. The aroma is strongly that of the lavender, with blueberries strongly in the background. Look at how beautiful it is! With the lavender and maple throughout.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes.

First Taste

Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake steeps to a beautiful golden orange. Surprisingly not pink, since there is hibiscus in it. The aroma is strongly lavender and berries, while the flavour of Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake is strongly that of the lavender, with hints of berries throughout (thanks to the elderberries and blueberries). The vanilla certainly plays a good role in the Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake blend, and makes it taste all the more like a dessert tea. Dessert by Deb recommends trying Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake as a tea latte (with milk), and it does do well with some frothed milk! It ups the decadence factor to this black tea blend.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake and found that it was lacking in the berries and vanilla flavour. I would recommend steeping Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake for just the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake. This black tea blend has a beautiful lavender flavour, with a nice berry flavour throughout that mingles well with the vanilla that’s in it. I would recommend Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake both plainly steeped and with some frothed milk, because having a tea latte is always the height of decadence when you have the time to make it a bit extra special. There’s just something about taking the extra step that allows for feeling a bit more luxurious.

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Dessert by Deb’s Peach Crumble Cake

Peach Crumble Cake by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea & Rooibos / Flavoured
$6.50 for 25g

Peach Crumble Cake came as part of the bimonthly subscription box from Dessert by Deb.

First Impressions

Opening my bimonthly subscription box from Dessert by Deb and finding a shiny gold pouch with a tea called Peach Crumble Cake sets a certain level of expectation in my mind. Peaches, cake, baked goods. The packaging itself is a shiny metallic gold in a resealable pouch, with a clear window across the front where you can see the dry leaf of this organic tea sample.

The Peach Crumble Cake tea looks beautiful, and has a strong peach aroma to the point that I don’t really smell the rest of the ingredients. I do smell hints of rooibos in the background, but the peach lies in the foreground. Peach Crumble Cake consists of certified organic: black tea, natural peach essence, peaches, cinnamon, Canadian maple, rooibos, brown sugar, and calendula petals. It certainly makes for a beautiful tea with the pops of bright yellow throughout.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Peach Crumble Cake in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes.

First Taste

Peach Crumble Cake steeps to a deep golden orange. I did use a stainless steel infuser basket, and some little bits got through the fine holes (so use a fillable tea infusing bag if you wish to avoid that). There’s a strong peach aroma to it, with hints of cinnamon and rooibos in the background. The tea has a thickened mouthfeel to it, with the flavours of peach, cinnamon, and rooibos. I don’t get a lot of the black tea blend, and wish that the sugar was stronger in it – I definitely would have appreciated a stronger brown sugar and maple flavour in the profile over the rooibos in the blend (then again, full disclaimer: I am not a fan of rooibos). I do love the level of peach in this, because it does make for a nice blend that I wasn’t expecting.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Peach Crumble Cake and found that the tea was more black tea (with some astringent notes) and rooibos (medicinal) notes than peach. I would recommend Peach Crumble Cake for the initial steep, especially if you prefer that peach flavour over rooibos.

My Overall Impression

I liked Dessert by Deb’s Peach Crumble Cake. It has a great initial steep with the strong peach flavour, and I think adding some brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract would make for a nice cup of tea by adding a larger punch of flavour to make it taste more like it came out of a bakery. Turning Peach Crumble Cake into a tea latte would certainly up the delightfulness of the tea; but I’m not a fan of the rooibos (unfortunately).

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