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drank Cozy Tranquil Dream by Plum Deluxe
884 tasting notes

Day 14 of the Plum Deluxe caffeine-free advent calendar. This is a great combo of chamomile, citrus, and mint. I’m not sure that “cozy” is the right word for it, but it’s really tasty and a lovely bedtime tea. My only complaint is that the chamomile “fannings” were a particular pain in that they kept sticking to the packaging. This is one of my favorite advents this year, on balance, but the plastic packaging of the samples is really prone to static electricity. Depending on the type of tea in it, that can make it harder to get the tea out and results in wasted leaf, which always sucks.

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Day 13 of the Plum Deluxe caffeine-free advent calendar. If this and the Caramel Snickerdoodle blend from Day 2 are anything to go by, Plum Deluxe makes darn fine cookie-flavored herbal blends. This one tastes exactly like the name suggests and makes a delicious latte to boot. I only regret how quickly I drank through the sample.

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Sugar, Vanilla

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Day 12 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent. I drank this a few times and tried to remember its qualities each time so I could jot them down later, but somehow never did. It was just kind of… pleasant but unremarkable.

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drank Strawberry Holiday by Plum Deluxe
884 tasting notes

Day 11 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. For some reason, the first flavor in the initial sips of this was a strong anise/licorice note. I truly don’t know why, it’s not an ingredient in the blend. And it fades as the tea cools. The strawberry flavor doesn’t really come out until the tea cools down. About halfway through, I added about a teaspoon of sugar, which helped a lot. It brought out the banana flavor and more of the strawberry. I still really have to search for the lemon, though. This isn’t bad, it just isn’t as entrancing as some of the other blends in the advent have been.

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I thought this was a fun blend that smells and tastes mostly of the passionfruit with a hint of orange. One cup had no ginger flavor or discernable ginger pieces, but the other with visible ginger brought some spiciness that added tasty complexity. I don’t need more but I did enjoy it, especially as a final note for an advent.

Plum Deluxe Caffeine Advent, Day 24

In all, I had 11 teas in the 24 that I enjoyed enough to consider repurchasing, and another 5 I thought were decent but wouldn’t buy. I would seriously consider doing this advent again next year; it seems they always have enough new blends to make it worth another go, which is why I’ve remained subscribed with them so long.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

Love the summary on the advent as a whole! Really interesting (:

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This one felt muted; there is cinnamon in the scent and I sort of taste cherry in the flavor, despite the presence of both cherries and cinnamon essence. I don’t get much of the almond (another essence I couldn’t add as an ingredient). This is mostly a sort of generic tea with the smallest touch of sweetness and cherry.

Plum Deluxe Caffeine Advent, Day 23

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Really enjoyed this one; the strawberry and plum somehow reminded me of the cotton candy tea from DAVIDsTEA that I’m so conflicted about, but this one went green rooibos instead of red and it made all the difference. It smells tart, and it tastes fruity-sweet. My partner hated it, calling it far too sweet for tea, which is on brand for him. I like that I wouldn’t have to add anything to it to enjoy it.

Plum Deluxe Caffeine Advent, Day 22

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Finally finishing the notes on this advent.

The first cup of this was a very tasty raspberry with strong lemon. The second cup was timed the same but quite weak; I must not have separated it as well as I hoped into the two cups. I would consider buying more to play with another time. It does seem like a blend that can be left to steep a while, which is often a plus for me.

Plum Deluxe Caffeine Advent, Day 21

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Shae

Did you ever have Teavana’s Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate? I’m wondering if it’s similar to that one.

whosbradpitt

I did not, unfortunately. Was it a favorite?

Shae

Not for me, but my husband loves it. I try to keep an eye out for substitutes for our favorite old Teavana blends.

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This reminds me of a Teavana vanilla rooibos that I really enjoyed many years ago. I haven’t bought a replacement in a long time in favor of more heavily flavored teas, but this one has me thinking that I should. The vanilla is so sweet and desserty and almost floral. It goes really well with the base, which is a pretty nice, smooth rooibos. It didn’t even need milk. Maybe I should add milk to fewer of my rooibos teas so I can enjoy the flavors more. Thanks for sharing this accidentally thought-provoking tea, getanzt!

Kelmishka

This sounds lovely!

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I have had this sample for a long time, and I think the blend has lost some flavor or Covid is still playing tricks with my sense of taste.

I am only just coming to tolerate red rooibos but I am determined to get rid of all these single servings or small bags that have been lying about. The rooibos here is very mild, and lacks the sharp Robitussin flavor I dislike so much. That is a good thing.

While it was piping hot, I tasted very little. As it cooled, the nutty flavors came through.

Not bad, but not one I need to buy. I wouldn’t turn down a cup of it if it was offered.

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Happy New Year! Unsurprisingly, seems I’m going to be working on advent calendars into 2023. I finished the Steepster homemade, Clipper, and Teeccino advents and the Plum Deluxe Hannukah sampler. Still working on the Dammann Freres, Kiani, DavidsTea herbal, and Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendars!

This blend is Day 10 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. The flavors in this are distinct but work well together. There are clear orange and vanilla notes over a malty black tea and woody rooibos base. From the name, I was expecting something more like an orange creamsicle vibe, but the base teas are too assertive for that. It doesn’t  claim to be an orange creamsicle tea, though, that’s just me misinterpreting the name.

ashmanra

I probably have three or four weeks to go on the Fortnum Advent. It contains 600 grams of tea. We have finished four of the twenty-four tins. This could take a while…

AJRimmer

Don’t worry, I haven’t even started any of mine and I have four I think? I feel like it’s more enjoyable spread out with time to enjoy each one anyway!

Kaylee

Good to know I’m not alone! I don’t have anywhere to put these away so I have to prioritize drinking them down, unfortunately.

Michelle

Happy New Year!

tea-sipper

Happy New Year! I’m still enjoying reading the late advent notes from everyone…

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drank Tender Loving Care by Plum Deluxe
884 tasting notes

Day 9 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. This one’s particularly refreshing cold. Lots of nice mango and citrus flavor. It’s not particularly sweet, which I think is part of the reason why the flavors don’t come across as juicy the way that fruit flavors sometimes do. I like it exactly as it is, though.

Flavors: Citrus, Mango

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drank Solitude Blend by Plum Deluxe
884 tasting notes

Arbitrarily selected Day 8, and final day, of the Plum Deluxe Hannukah sampler! I’m a little bummed that I ended on this one, as it’s my least favorite of the bunch. I found it tart and sweet, with dominant notes of cranberry and hibiscus as well as some that I couldn’t quite place that were probably the moringa and possibly even the date. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, as it were.

Overall, I enjoyed this sampler! These were tasty, enjoyable blends. Some were more on point with the theme than others, but I appreciate the effort. It would be nice if this sampler had the same kind of tracker postcard that the advent calendar comes with, for marking down the names of the teas and whether you like them – it’s cute, convenient, and makes it feel just a little more special. This one has a high likelihood of making a return appearance for me next year.

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Arbitrarily selected Day 7 of the Plum Deluxe Hannukah sampler! I’m not generally a fan of Earl Grey, because I don’t like bergamot, but this is more pleasant than I expected! There’s a creaminess and floral quality that smooths out the bergamot and makes this more balanced and less aggressive than I find most Earl Greys to be. I had a bag of DavidsTea’s Cream of Earl Grey, so I brewed that up for comparison. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I like the Plum Deluxe blend better. The DT version has a similarly brisk black tea as a base and a soft creamy/vanilla flavor that softens the bergamot, but it’s still pretty straightforward and distinctly Earl Grey to me, whereas the Plum Deluxe blend is more like a complicated blend on an Earl Grey base. I also find the Plum Deluxe blend a bit sweet, whereas the DT blend doesn’t seem to have any sweetness to it (I know, I know, it seems like I’m rarely satisfied with the level of sweetness in a DT blend, it’s always too much or too little!).

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Day 8 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. This is so fragrant as soon as I open the packet! It has really powerful chocolate and sweet caramel notes that translate beautifully into the brew. I’m not really noticing the rosemary but that’s ok given how tasty it is otherwise (which is funny because the other tasting notes find the rosemary very strong – I don’t know what’s going on here!). I made the first cup with no additions and it was rich and flavorful all on its own. I thought this would be great as an oat milk latte but it was actually better with no additives! The oat milk somehow flattens the chocolate and caramel flavors, making them less robust and sweet. Better to just drink it straight.

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drank Golden Cacao by Plum Deluxe
884 tasting notes

Arbitrarily selected Day 6 of the Hanukkah sampler. This is perfectly named, actually. Besides literally being golden-hued from the turmeric, the spice blend gives it a brightness of flavor that’s not super common for a cacao blend. The pepper and ginger are particularly prominent, along with the cacao. It all works together very nicely, and the brightness of the blend makes it super on theme for a Hanukkah sampler. One of my favorites so far from this sampler.

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Arbitrarily selected Day 5 of the Hanukkah sampler. The strawberry and pear notes in this one are really sweet and juicy. The ginger complements them nicely. It’s fainter when the brew is hot and stronger as it cools; personally, I think this particular combination works better when the ginger takes a back seat, so I prefer it when it’s hot. Hot or cold, this is quite refreshing!

Flavors: Ginger, Pear, Strawberry

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Thanks Gabby, for another sample!

This kind of seems like the same tea as Simpson & Vail’s Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake. I’ll have to try that one later and compare.

Anyway, it’s a very pleasant sweet and somewhat buttery desserty tea with subtle apple and cinnamon notes. I feel like the coffee cake name is more apt, as the apple and cinnamon aren’t really the main flavors here. It does taste like a buttery crumble topping with a dash of cinnamon.

It’s almost more like a snickerdoodle tea really, considering the lack of apple? Still yummy though.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Pastries, Smooth, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Ok, final stretch of the holiday season! To those who celebrate, I hope you are having a merry Christmas and/or happy eighth night of Hanukkah! If it’s already Monday when you read this and you celebrate Kwanzaa, happy Kwanzaa! I hope folks are finding moments of joy and light even if parts of the holidays are rough.

I pulled this out of the Plum Deluxe Hanukkah sampler. The packets aren’t numbered but this is the fourth one I’m getting a note done for – I’ve fallen behind in the past couple of days due to a lot of family holiday stuff. This one is perfect for finally being done. I have completed my obligatory engagements with three different families, dealt with a higher than usual amount of drama, and trekked to a friend’s place in the cold to feed their cats. A tea called “no obligations,” decaf so I can have it in the evening, is just the right match for my state of mind. I am enjoying this one quite a bit. It’s a dessert tea that’s rich without being too sweet, relying instead on cocoa nibs. I’m enjoying the chocolate, nutty, cinnamon, and vanilla notes in this. The base is sort of bready, adding to that sense of indulgence. The chocolate and cinnamon build and linger, too, which is really nice. I’m not getting anything from the orange peel, but I’m not sure that I want to – citrus flavor on top of everything else just feels extraneous. This still tastes good cold, but I think it really shines as a hot tea given the flavor profile.

Nattie

Happy all of the holidays to you, and congrats on getting through the holiday drama!

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I have had so much coconut in tea this advent season.

As far as a coconut tea goes, this one isn’t too bad – the coconut is clearly present but there are a lot of other flavors happening to help. The pecan and walnut pieces give it a pleasant nuttiness, while the vanilla essence also lends a sweetness aside from the coconut.

I wouldn’t buy it myself, but I did manage to drink it, which is high praise for coconut.

Plum Deluxe Caffeine Advent, Day 20

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Day 6 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. I’m so behind on posting notes for this calendar, and that’s partly because I have spent literally weeks trying to figure out what this tea reminded me of. At first I thought it was maybe a pastry of some kind – a macaron, or perhaps more specifically an Ispahan – but that’s not it. Then I thought maybe it was Alice’s Tea Blend from Alice’s Tea Cup, but that wasn’t it either. Finally, finally, I figured it out! This tastes like how my favorite soap smells! It’s Rose Jam from Lush, and it smells gloriously like rose, vanilla, and lemon. I can’t believe how long it took me to place this profile. The tea tastes like a pastry version of Rose Jam. So so good!

Flavors: Lemon, Rose, Vanilla

AJRimmer

Ooo I’m a rose jam fan too! Last year they didn’t have any body wash left in their Boxing Day sale by the time I checked – hopefully this year is better!

Kaylee

Their Boxing Day sale is so intense! Stuff sells out between when I put it in my cart and go straight to check out! It’s the sale I put the most effort into all year.

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I can’t say I know what “blue malva flower” is contributing to this particular cup, but this is a pleasant black tea with well-balanced floral violet and sweet vanilla. It is tasty hot and still good as it cools. Probably not one I strictly need to have more of, but I wouldn’t be sad to see it in my cupboard either.

Plum Deluxe Caffeine Advent, Day 19

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kitchen Table Blend by Plum Deluxe
884 tasting notes

Arbitrarily selected Day 2 of the Plum Deluxe Hanukkah sampler! The primary aroma of the dry leaf and brewed tea comes from the lemongrass, and that carries over into the sip. After the lemongrass, there’s a floral jasmine note and a fruity citrus note that I can’t quite place. Looking at the ingredients, this has lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit essences, which is coming through as more kitchen sink than kitchen table. It’s just a little muddled and comes off as generically “citrus” because there are so many citrus fruits – I think this blend would have benefited from just having even one fewer citrus fruit represented (and probably two). Still, it’s tasty and refreshing. I suspect this would make a good cold brew.

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