Oliver Pluff & Company

Recent Tasting Notes


I have no idea why I can’t get a photo of this tea to show up. It’s mildly infuriating.

Anyway, I bought this bagged, in a sachet big enough to make a gallon. Of course, I didn’t want a gallon at a time since I’ll probably be the only one drinking it. My husband and brother both don’t like fruity tea. So, I opened up the bag and took a few teaspoons to make a single glass, and put the rest in a little Mason jar for later.

The fragrance is lovely. Sweet, soft raspberry with a hint of black tea. There’s also a note of rose in the aroma. The leaves, being bagged and all, are ground almost as fine as coffee. They slip right through the holes in my infuser. Great. Now I’m gonna have gritty tea if I’m not careful. As it steeps, the water gets really dark. It comes up to a deep reddish amber. Maybe a little too red to be natural…

The flavor, though, is surprisingly tasty. I’m not getting any rose, but the raspberry flavor is very upfront and nice. Perfect for a cool spring evening. It isn’t tart at all, and the black tea is smooth. Without bitterness. It sort of reminds me of raspberry candy, or maybe raspberry jam. Anyway, this isn’t bad. I’m glad I finally got around to it. It’ll most likely be my wake-up tea tomorrow morning, too.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

Sounds like a perfect summer tea!


I tried to upload a picture of a tea yesterday and couldn’t get it to work.:(


Now that I look around, I see a lot of teas have broken images. I wonder what gives.


Yeah a lot of today’s images are off, even the search ones.


I noticed the same thing about the images.

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drank Oolong by Oliver Pluff & Company
1892 tasting notes

I could have sworn at first that this was a Formosa Oolong, but the company website says it is from Fujian. The smell of the dry leaves even reminded me strongly of Formosa oolong, but the steeped tea did not. This is not a green oolong but not a heavily roasted one either.

We used my small gong fu pot and my daughter was suitably impressed with the magnificent expansion of the leaves from little rolled pellets to a pot more than half filled with unfurled leaves.

We made several steeps. The second steep came out a bit strong but was good with our snacks. It would have been too strong standing alone, so next time I will cut my steep time just a bit. I gave the first steep 4 minutes and the second was untamed, but I am guessing it was about the same.

This is lightly roasted, a little nutty, a little sweet.

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This is another tea I picked up when Taste went out of business. I couldn’t resist. I’m getting to it now because I’ve caught a cold. Sigh.

Again, this is packaged in a white envelope with some cool art on it, but it’s basically just sealed in a ziplock bag on the inside. This packaging was made for Taste, though… if you were to order it from Pluff’s website, it would come in a nice tin.

The dry leaf smells nice, but not out of the ordinary. Tangy and pepperminty. It brews up to a medium tan and smells much better. Still a little tart in the scent. The resulting tea is soothing and light-bodied, leaving a cool sensation in my mouth. It’s making me feel a little better, at least. All around this is a nice peppermint tea. Not spectacular, but you can taste that the leaves they used are quality.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

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A local kitchenware boutique, Taste, went out of business recently. I saw that they were having their final clearance sale, and couldn’t resist cleaning out their tea section. This was the first thing I picked up. I took all three remaining envelopes, mostly for the picture of the moose. And because of chai, of course.

Sadly, though, I’m pretty disappointed with it. First of all, inside the pretty paper envelope with the old-timey art, there’s just a ziplock of tea. Seriously, just a clear plastic baggy.

The mix looks nice enough. A few cardamom pods, lots of cinnamon, bits of ginger root, mixed into a lower-quality black tea. Pretty standard. It smells alright, sort of weak on the ginger and no real cardamom scent. It’s mostly just cinnamon. The flavor is even more disappointing. The spices aren’t very potent, and there’s some sort of weird earthy flavor. Like they mixed a little bit of dirt or something into it. Or maybe it’s just really stale. Who knows how long it sat on a shelf until I bought it? Either way, I’m glad I used it all up so I can move on to something better.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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We went on a little getaway trip to Asheville for the past couple of days. It’s hard dating someone who’s family is 12+ hours away, since it means that holidays are always stressful figuring out who’s going or staying where. We usually switch for Thanksgiving and New Years, but Christmas is always spent apart with each of our own families. So this year we decided to go to Asheville for a little trip to spend some quality time together before the boy heads to St. Louis. We love Asheville and had plenty on our to-do list, which included the Biltmore Estate. I had been plenty of times in school, but Gary had never been, and it is decorated beautifully at Christmas time. We spent a nice, relaxing part of the day browsing around the house and gardens and then went to the little winery on the estate and had lunch and sampled some wines. I saw that they have their own tea that they sell in the little shops on the estate, by Oliver Pluff & Company. When I saw this one, the only other choice in that particular shop was Earl Grey. Later in the day, in other shops I saw a Southern Mint blend and a Blackberry black tea. This is a pretty good tea. It has that deep, malty flavor with just a little sweetness that I love! Glad I picked this one up, and every time I drink a cup of it it will remind me of our Christmas trip to the Biltmore Estate. :)

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell malty and musty. Tea liquor aroma is sweet and malty.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish orange color.
-Robust flavor and finish. Rich malty aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Deep malty flavor that is a perfect cup with milk and sugar.

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I think even if they weren’t 12 hours away, you’d still be in that predicament. I know we go through it every year as well. I feel guilty when I don’t go with my family and then miss them too. But then I feel bad dragging him to see just my family.

Josie Jade

You have a point there, Tuscanteal!

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It is a Bohea morning!

Loving the smokey notes in this one. I still can’t get over how big some of the leaves are. I did end up transferring to a tin, just because I have my doubts about the packaging over the long haul. Definitely an enjoyable tea, even if it is from a touristy source. I feel so colonial!

Usual teapot method.

I did find a downside for me and smokey teas….I am sitting here with a little general morning congestion and I keep getting a whiff of something smokey. Then I have the sudden urge to figure out what is burning when it is just my tea!

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The Purrfect Cup

Seems to be going around…I just brewed up a cup from Upton!


I’m having Bohea this morning too!

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Tea of the morning…..

We have been on a short vacation. We spent a few days in the area of Williamsburg, VA. It was nice to get away, and it looks like our construction is mostly done except for the painting we need to finish ourselves. It has been a great face lift for our house, even though it was necessitated by minor storm damage. Next up is a new a/c system. Yes, definitely first world problems. However, I do feel blessed that we can fix what needs fixing at this point, and the only real issue is the inconvenience. Yes, we are blessed.

Tea by Oliver Pluff seems to be teas that are offered at many touristy type period general stores. This particular listing is sold at Charleston, mine was sold at the Prentiss Shop in Williamsburg. They had a few other types of tea like Young Hyson, Earl Grey, Pinhead Gunpowder, Darjeeling, Oolong, English Breakfast. They come in a heavy zip baggie inside an envelope. I paid about $9 for 1/4 lb of this Bohea. The ingredients are Orange Pekoe and Lapsang Souchong. I figured it would be a nice, lightly smokey tea. I will eventually sample a more expensive Bohea, but this just sounded good. It is pretty much what I expected. I am amazed at how large the leaves are. For a tourist vendor tea, this is actually pretty nice. Lightly smokey, decent quality black teas. I did see that Oliver Pluff has a website and the prices are a little more reasonable there (really, I would expect that.) Would I buy it again? Probably not, but only because I will likely mix my own out of the two teas mentioned in the ingredients. I will enjoy this to the end, though!

Usual teapot method.

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That is a good price, I do love Upton’s version of this tea though!


I was really glad to find this since the original Bohea dumped in the Boston Harbor was supposed to be made up of lower quality teas…


Woot!! You were in my hometown! :D

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