Plum Deluxe

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This is supposed to be an orange/spice blend, but I’m not getting much of either. There is a fairly muted cinnamon flavor coming through, and the black base is pretty brisk and bold. Perhaps a tiny bit of orange peeking through at the tail end of the sip. Overall, I’d rather just go with Constant Comment if I want this flavor profile.

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Received this as a sample with my advent order, and though I usually really love lavender and chocolate paired together, this just isn’t working for me. The chocolate is pretty synthetic tasting, and the addition of the lavender is not helping things.

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Sample of this came with my advent order. It definitely smells mango flavored. Mango flavoring never tastes like fresh mango IMO. What surprises me about this tea is how well they do the mango flavor. I feel like a lot of other mango teas I’ve had have an alkaline flatness to them that is really distracting, something this tea I’m pleasantly surprised to notice does not! I like this for a mango tea, but I feel like it needs something else to compliment it. Like how cinnamon often goes with apple. I’m guessing a little sugar might round out the flavor, but I’m not accustom to adding sugar to my teas anymore. I like this, but I wouldn’t say at this point it is a tea I’d need to buy.

Edit: I’m enjoying it more while eating dried coconut chunks. Maybe that’s what I want it to have!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This pretty much tastes like red rooibos with a bit of spiced apple. Not getting any caramel.

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88

I decided to grab an ounce of this with my advent order, based on AJRimmer’s glowing review. It doesn’t disappoint! The apricot and lavender work so well together. Very easy to drink. Really glad I tried this one.

Maddy Barone

Did you get your advwent calendar already? I ordered mine on November . They said they would be shipped in mid November. I was planning to give it at Thanksgiving but I havent’ gotten it yet. Which is maybe fine because I am not going to thanksgiving after all, But still …

Cameron B.

I received my advent yesterday. They did send me an email when it shipped (11/17).

amandastory516

I ordered mine at the end of October and it arrived yesterday. I didn’t get an email when it shipped, and reached out. They advised me to check my spam, and while I still couldn’t find the shipping notification, there were a few Plum Deluxe emails that went to spam…so maybe check there!

AJRimmer

I ordered mine in October, and they just shipped it today. I’m glad I don’t drink my advent teas with any kind of urgency!

Dustin

I just got my PD advent today. I think I ordered in October as well.

Maddy Barone

I got the notification email this morning. Shipped 11/25. Hope it gets here by 11/30 so I can give it to my sister in time for her to enjoy it on December 1. But I doubt it. Too bd. Just another thing to chalk up to the pandemic.

Cameron B.

Honestly I can’t believe they’re doing so poorly with the shipping. Mid-November is already cutting it close to guarantee receipt by December 1st, and they’re not even keeping to that timeline. And I haven’t seen any communication acknowledging the issue, via their website, email, or social media. Even though I received mine on time, I don’t think I’ll be doing this calendar again regardless of whether I like it or not…

amandastory516

Maddy- I’m sorry to hear that. Crossing my fingers that it still reaches you on time.
Cameron- I agree. It’s a bit strange that there hasn’t been any acknowledgement of the shipping issues. Such a shame.

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88

I ordered a few samples with my Plum Deluxe advent, and this was one. I don’t really find that this tastes like a cherimoya, but it does have a really, really lovely baked apple flavor. There’s definitely a creamy custard note as well, but I wouldn’t quite consider the combination to be a custard apple (it’s more of custard and apple). Really like it though, definitely something I would like to have on hand.
Also….I wish green rooibos was utilized more. I really enjoy it, where I generally dislike the red version.

Cameron B.

I agree about green rooibos. Simpson & Vail has some really yummy green rooibos blends. :)

amandastory516

I’ll have to check out some of the green rooibos blends from S&V!

Cameron B.

I have a giant cart ready and waiting to see if they have a Black Friday sale. :P

Can definitely recommend Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble and Candy Cane for green rooibos blends! I think the Snickerdoodle was good too, but it’s been too long for me to remember.

tea-sipper

Coconut Macaroon from S&V is the best coconut tea! And with green rooibos! I just had it again the other night and was amazed it was still so good.

amandastory516

I’ll have to try that, sounds yummy! I, too, am hoping for a Black Friday sale.

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78

This is the (tiny) free sample from my advent calendar order. It seems to be an orange spice sort of blend, which is fine with me.

Unfortunately I used a bit too much water because I wasn’t paying enough attention, but it doesn’t seem to have done too much damage. This has a strong sweet cinnamon candy-like flavor, sort of like Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney but without the actual sweetness. The cinnamon dominates the beginning of the sip, and then a bright orange oil note comes in and takes over near the end. The orange reminds me of candy as well, making this a very candy-forward tea for me. The black base has some body but I can’t taste much else, possibly due to the whole too much water fiasco… There’s a hint of clove here as well.

Overall, it’s fairly tasty. Probably not something I would feel the need to order since I already have a variant of Hot Cinnamon Spice, but I wouldn’t mind drinking it again. :)

Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Orange Zest, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
gmathis

Sounds like a variation of good old Constant Comment.

Cameron B.

I actually remembered to buy a box of Constant Comment the last time I was at the grocery store, but haven’t cracked it open yet. :P

AJRimmer

Their free samples are so tiny that I always end up adding too much water :P

Cameron B.

I know, so tiny! :|

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83

I’m drinking this cold, and the mint and white chocolate are pretty well balanced, strong, and bright. Many versions of this sort of tea are really artificial and disappointing. This one ended up a little oily, but I don’t mind that, and the flavor was quite pleasant. This is a nice option, though at that price, I’d still choose another brand if I were in the market for this flavor profile. I did like that they used white chocolate like in my favorite Teavana version.

Cameron B.

I need to try Simpson & Vail’s White Chocolate Peppermint green rooibos… It’s on my list for my next order!

Cameron B.

Also I haven’t tried Plum Deluxe yet, but I’m excited for my advent calendar! :D

AJRimmer

That one’s on my list too! Yeah I’m definitely excited for all my advents (:

Mastress Alita

I don’t really “do” advents anymore like everyone else, aside from trying to find those companies that typically only sell “large” quantities of tea or their teas are on the spendy side and use the advent as a handy way to “get samplers” that otherwise aren’t available. I got a Plum Deluxe advent this year too, as their price per ounce for tea is rather high, but the cost of the advent to get 24 samplers was quite reasonable, especially compared to many other advents. (Still hasn’t shipped, though…)

Cameron B.

@Mastress Alita – That’s kind of the point for me, too – to get a lot of samples in one package. Although it is also fun in conjunction with Steepster, because you get to read others’ thoughts on the same tea that you had each day. :)

Mastress Alita

See, last year Steepster “spoiled” an advent calender gift I got because someone was doing their advent on different days, and that kinda put me off. I even stopped reading the site for a time, then when I came back, I had a ridiculous amount of reading to catch up on… now I just rip all the samplers out of the advent immediately. I don’t celebrate Christmas anyway. I probably won’t log any of them until much later… and not mention they were “part of” an advent.

Dustin

I just got a notice 3 days ago that the Plum Deluxe advent was shipping. Tracking still doesn’t have it in their system as picked up yet.

Cameron B.

Oh, well that’s not cool. I’ve been doing two advents this month but I’m saving all the notes in a spreadsheet to post on the correct days in December.

Mastress Alita

Huh. I pre-ordered back in October, and STILL haven’t received a shipping notice…

amandastory516

I pre-ordered the Plum Deluxe advent in October too, and was wondering when it would ship. I reached out and they said they sent it yesterday….but I never got a tracking email. May be the same for you.

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90

I really like this! The rosemary totally works with the black tea and other flavors. I was worried it would be too floral, but it’s really nice! I’m having it with milk. I can definitely taste the lavender, and though I’m not the biggest rose fan, it works here. Definitely one of the best floral teas I’ve had.

Mastress Alita

I love rose and lavender but don’t like chamomile and am always warey whenever its in a blend. Is the chamomile taste heavy?

AJRimmer

I didn’t see any chamomile in the bag or taste any in the cup, but it was also just a small sample, and it’s possible that in their regular 1 oz bags the ratio of ingredients is different.

Mastress Alita

Hmm, I was watching a panel with them from the Virtual International Tea Festival just a few weekends ago where this blend was talked about, and I swear they mentioned chamomile in it. Perhaps my memory has goofed it with another from the same video…

AJRimmer

You’re totally right that it’s listed as an ingredient. There just didn’t happen to be any in my bag is all!

Mastress Alita

Aaah, I understand now! Long day at the office.

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78

I was surprised at how much I liked this. I got it accidentally in an Amoda box I forgot to cancel. And it’s name is a bit of a turn off for me since I never liked teas that were marketed as wellness blends. However, looking past the name, it’s actually a tasty tea. It’s got a really great apricot flavour to it. Sweet and ripe and really good. I get some elderberry but the apricot is the real star here. The base also has a nice honey component to add.

Mastress Alita

I really liked this one, too. I was thinking of it today because for some reason I’m having a strong craving for elderberries. I really liked that berry flavor with the apricot.

Sil

lol forgot to cancel your box haha

AJRimmer

I’ve been considering ordering this one for a while! In fact, maybe I did order it when I ordered my advent calendar, but I’ve forgotten. I guess that will be an extra surprise when I open my package!

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60

Aha! I finally finished all the teas from last year’s advent calendar! Just in time to start the new one…… But, I have been having varying luck with these Plum Deluxe black blends lately. This is another one that doesn’t taste like too much of anything. I feel like I get some light ginger and that’s just about it. Honestly, it wasn’t worth the caffeine for me to even finish it. Mildly flavored and boring to my tastes!

Courtney

Yay for polishing teas off in time to start new advents!

Dustin

Did you order another Plum Deluxe advent this year? They said they were shipping them mid November, but there are only 13 days until December and I haven’t gotten a shipping notice. :/

AJRimmer

Yeah, I haven’t received even a shipping notification from them yet. Hopefully they haven’t forgotten us!

Mastress Alita

Same. If we are all in the same boat, I think the advents just haven’t shipped yet!

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drank California Grey by Plum Deluxe
807 tasting notes

This is actually the first rooibos EG I’ve tried, and I’m happy to say that it really works. The rooibos is rich and delicious with a natural note of something like vanilla (though there’s probably flavoring too). The bergamot is understated, but it works. I didn’t use any milk the first time because I didn’t want to cover up the flavors. I’ve since had it with milk, which actually makes it even better. It’s so desserty. The vanilla flavor is so strong. You won’t be fooled into thinking it’s black tea, but it’s good. The resteep is a bit weird with this one, very rooibosy.

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60

I really couldn’t call this chai. It’s a mildly flavored black tea. This is from last year’s advent calendar, so it’s possible that not many spices made it into the tiny bag. But yeah, it’s black tea that’s a bit too harsh with the mildest of flavoring, maybe vanilla.

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I’m starting to think I might not be a fan of rooibos, so take this with a grain of salt, but I didn’t much care for the earthy taste of something I thought would be light and fruity. Thankfully my partner finished it for me because I probably would have just let it go bad.

Preparation
Iced
Cameron B.

You certainly wouldn’t be alone, there are a lot of people who don’t like red rooibos. It tends to have a rather woody flavor, and sometimes depending on the quality can also come off as medicinal.

Don’t let it deter you from trying green rooibos though, which is much milder and more universally liked.

whosbradpitt

Thanks for letting me know about this distinction! I’ll have to make sure to check out green rooibos. I’m finding as I drink some of my other teas I can handle red rooibos in some blends, but this one was overpowering.

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90

Fresh and bright cold brewed; would love to have available year-round. Admittedly finished it long enough ago that I don’t remember it well enough to comment better on flavor!

Preparation
Iced

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63

This is supposed to taste like fruit and bergamot, but I have to say that it’s quite ambiguous. I brewed it for less time than recommended (5 minutes is crazy) but still ended up with a little bit of harshness, which I smoothed out with some milk. So this tastes like a flavored black tea, but I would have no idea what flavor it’s supposed to be. It’s too bad because I used to mix my own blueberry EG, which I loved.

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I assume I have same pouch as derk, from White Antlers; thank you both. Drowning in tea right now (and Advent Calendar is coming to me as well).

The aroma is promising. I get raspberry (essence) and some chocolate.

I took two teaspoons for my bigger volume (400 ml). Steeped for 4 minutes maximum.

But though the result IS nice, though not what I have been expecting. I blame the age a bit maybe? It wasn’t chocolatey much. I have expected more bold base, but it was fine. It just wasn’t what I have been expecting. The raspberry was… maybe kind of artificial, but somehow enjoyable. Kind of juicy. Overall, I had feeling of some cake-flavour a bit or something.

Flavors: Artificial, Cake, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
Courtney

I definitely have to check out this company. They make me think it Simpson & Vail, but the prices are a bit high to justify for me right now.

White Antlers

This is not old tea, Martin. It’s just not very well done. : (

Martin Bednář

That surprises me White Antlers, as others tend to like it, but me and derk didn’t had the chocolatey notes.

tea-sipper

uh oh. this means I should be drinking my sample sooner. I really like this one.

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80
drank Full Moon Chai by Plum Deluxe
807 tasting notes

This is a pretty decent chai. The main flavor is ginger. It’s not spicy, but the flavors are nice. It’s not super special, but it’s a quality chai. I enjoyed it without milk, but I liked it a little more with.

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This came as a free sample in my most recent order. Unfortunately, it’s under a teaspoon, and since I only own giant mugs, I’m afraid I might have misjudged the amount of water necessary. I thought it tasted pretty decent, but I put it in the fridge overnight, and unfortunately, it was kind of weird tasting by morning. My first impression was that the flavoring was nice and rather accurate, but I wish I’d had more than a sip or two to go by!

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Wow, am I in the minority here. The dry leaf smells decadent. I feel like this had no flavor, though, probably because the base teas are very light. This tasted mostly like raspberry essence, and light malt and tannins. Not much cocoa. For something called Cocoa Truffle, I would’ve expected more chocolate and body, both from the black tea and the puerh. Then again, they used a Ceylon black and those typically underwhelm me in blends.

A weird thing about this tea, and this happens sometimes with flavored teas like this one, is that the raspberry essence aggravated my lungs, like I could feel them tightening up. It’s not an allergic reaction. The best way to describe it is the feeling of inhaling a chemical irritant, like cleaning agents.

I want to love this one because the raspberry and cocoa aromas smelled so damn good but the liquor itself just didn’t have any oomph. And, yeah, the lung thing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
tea-sipper

aw, I love this one. Maybe a 5 min steep at boiling takes all the flavor out of it?

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96

This tea is the perfect combination of juicy apricot and fresh lavender. I love how many blends from Plum Deluxe include lavender! This one is so good! So refreshing and lovely warm or cold. My ounce of this only made a few cups, and if their prices were more reasonable, I would certainly order more.

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65
drank Blackberry Toddy by Plum Deluxe
807 tasting notes

This flavor isn’t too special, sadly. It’s quite a light black tea with some indistinct fruitiness. Certainly not bad, it just didn’t really live up to its name or stand out in any way.

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drank Champs Elysees by Plum Deluxe
807 tasting notes

Hmm this reminds me of a cherry tea from Adagio that I didn’t enjoy. There’s just something about cherry flavoring that for some reason tastes chalky, artificial, and weird to me. I don’t taste any almond sadly. I enjoyed this tea a bit more in subsequent cups, though it was always too tart, and the only flavor I ever got from it was cherry.

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