Dessert by Deb’s Cocoa Lavender Latte

Cocoa Lavender Latte by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

First Impressions

Cocoa Lavender Latte came to me as part of my subscription box from Dessert by Deb and it is an exclusive blend for members of the Tea Society (what Deb calls subscribers). This is a black tea blend that came in a sealed, resealable pouch. The name intrigues me because I love the aroma of lavender, and enjoy a good tea latte from time to time (hello, London Fog).

The aroma of Cocoa Lavender Latte is a beautiful blend. It smells like chocolate and lavender and basically like a treat. Cocoa Lavender Latte consists of organic: black tea, vanilla, cacao nibs, dark chocolate, lavender, natural cream flavour, pink cornflower petals, and calendula petals. The colours in this blend (purple, pink, yellow) is gorgeous.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Cocoa Lavender Latte in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 6 minutes.

First Taste

Cocoa Lavender Latte steeps to a deep reddish brown and has an oily slick across the top – thank you from the cacao nibs and dark chocolate. It tastes of lavender, chocolate and hints of vanilla at the tail end of each sip. Dessert by Deb does recommend having Cocoa Lavender Latte as a tea latte, which I opted to do.

I added some frothed soy milk to the tea. It does add a level of creaminess to the tea itself, and Cocoa Lavender Latte does become a lovely tea latte and has a lovely sweetness to it.

A Second Cup?

I did attempt to resteep Cocoa Lavender Latte, but there was a lack of chocolate flavour in the first resteep. I would recommend steeping Cocoa Lavender Latte for just the one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Cocoa Lavender Latte. This black tea blend definitely comes together with all my favourite things – lavender and a black tea, all in a tea latte. I enjoyed the flavour, aroma and taste – the lavender really ties it all together. I’m not sure if Dessert by Deb created this blend just for me, but it really does feel like it because it contains all things that I enjoy and I had a fine time drinking this up.

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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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Dessert by Deb’s Cereal Milk

Cereal Milk by Dessert by Deb
Black Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

First Impressions

The idea of a ‘cereal milk’ tea really intrigues me. After all, anyone who’s grown up eating kids cereal knows the added bonus of the sweetened milk when all the cereal is gone – my favourite to do this with would have definitely been cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios or Lucky Charms. Added bonus of being an adult now and getting to decide for myself that no, I don’t want Corn Flakes. So the idea of Cereal Milk really invokes a sense of nostalgia within me, which is always a nice feeling when it’s happy moments.

Cereal Milk comes in a matte silver sealed, resealable pouch with a colourful label from Dessert by Deb. Always cheerful and fun to see, the information about the tea is on the front and it’s always nice to be reminded that the teas from Dessert by Deb are all hand blended in small batches in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Such a labour of love putting together all these blends (and subscription boxes!).

Cereal Milk is a vibrant, beautiful tea blend. Cereal Milk consists of organic: black tea, natural cream flavour, coconut, calendula petals, and pink cornflower petals. I mean, just look at those colours! Bright pops of yellow and pink against the sea of black tea and coconut flakes. The aroma is strongly of coconut, cream, and something that makes me think of vanilla. It’s really pleasant and inviting, and does remind me a bit of Lucky Charms (disclaimer: it’s been a really long time since I’ve eaten Lucky Charms… Maybe I should have used this as an excuse to buy a box, for science?).

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Cereal Milk in 212°F (100°C) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Cereal Milk steeps to a golden orange colour. The aroma is a blend of the coconut, cream and a distinct aroma note of black tea that makes me think of an Assam or Darjeeling black tea. Taste wise, Cereal Milk didn’t disappoint! There’s a creaminess that I was expecting that reminds me of the milk part of what’s left behind when the cereal is gone from the bowl, but then there’s also light floral notes, coconut, a bit of fruity notes that perhaps come from the black tea, and then also hints of vanilla which I’m still trying to figure out where it’s from (the black tea base? the cream flavouring? my brain conjuring up flavours that only exist in my mind?). It has a beautiful mouthfeel to it, it sort of all encompasses the mouth and it has just the right amount of sweetness that definitely makes me think of (sugary kid’s) cereal.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Cereal Milk, but found that a lot of the supporting flavours that invoke the idea of the leftover milk from a bowl of cereal to be missing. I would recommend Cereal Milk for just the first steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Cereal Milk. As far as the nostalgia factor, Cereal Milk does not disappoint and somehow tastes like the milk leftover from a bowl of sugary sweet kids cereal – aside from the fact that I had this hot instead of cold. The flavour is on-point in my opinion, especially with the cream flavouring to really put yourself in the mindset that this is cereal milk. I will have to try this as a tea latte, as I think it would do really well and I would likely add just a little bit of sweetener to really make it that sugary sweet cereal milk that I loved as a kid. I’m still not quite sure where I’m finding that vanilla note from, although my best guess would be from the cream flavouring – but I like it!

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