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drank Cranberry Earl Grey by Plum Deluxe
2324 tasting notes

I enjoy a fruity EG, and this one is pretty good! Hot, the flavor is milder than I had hoped, but the hit of tart cranberry is fun. As it cools, it gets creamier, which I always enjoy. The bergamot, cranberry, and black tea all mix quite pleasantly together. It’s slightly tart in just the right way. Yeah, definitely drink this one at room temperature with sugar and milk to get the most out of it.

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Another finished tea today, and because it was single session sample from Kaylee not counted as a sipdown, though reduced from my cupboards. Thank you!

Although I am not a coffee drinker, I was somehow craving this tea. When I have opened the pouch, I knew it was a proper choice today. And it was rather the hazelnut than the coffee. I steeped it shortly, 3 minutes sounded enough for me; and I got just a lovely hazelnut cup with no bitterness from coffee. Honestly haven’t noticed that at all.
Also not much of the cake notes, it was rather like some hazelnut mousse or something, creamy and mild.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

It might not have any coffee flavor. Coffee cake is just cake that goes well with coffee where I am from, so maybe hazelnut and cake would be all you would taste. It sounds like a good tea!

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drank Aloha Blend by Plum Deluxe
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This is quite a decent EG. The strongest flavor I get is a banana, then I taste a bit of the bergamot. It could all be heartier, but I like it! With sugar and milk, I find this to be very fun and tropical – I’ve enjoyed my 1 oz bag!

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drank Tango Grey by Plum Deluxe
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It’s hard to decide what I think of this one. I taste the orange and rooibos with a bit of bergamot. It’s fine cold, if a little too tangy. Once I add milk, it gets more of a creamsicle quality, but I no longer notice the bergamot. I think it’s a bit of a strange blend.

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76

TTB sample! This isn’t bad! The flavor is pretty light and pillowy and pleasant. I don’t taste the lemon and ginger distinctly, but it is quite gentle and nice. The flavors combine well.

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I thought I would really like this one but really did not. I tried it at home, and then gave it a second shot at work- it just was not for me.

It tasted sort of bland overall, despite putting extra tea into the water. The strongest note was cinnamon, follpwed by the maple note seemed a little artiicial and there was this woody-bark taste underlying that I did not enjoy and cannot pinpoint.

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Flavors: Bark, Cinnamon, Maple, Metallic

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

This is a pretty good EG creme. The creaminess is lovely, and the bergamot is present at a nice level. I enjoy most of PD’s EGs, and this is no exception. It’s best at room temperature with milk and sugar.

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An interesting earthy mix of rooibos and black tea. Spicy and yet slightly creamy in the dry aroma. Not much in the way of apples but the cinnamon is there. Thought they were joking when they said apple essence. But I guess it’s a thing. Though honestly it just seems like a fancier way of saying natural flavor. My daughter came in from outside, 23F, and wanted apple cider but we didn’t have any. I would say this is more chai than apple cider. The apple is very light, almost unreadable really. Ooo hmm, there it is in the aftertaste a bit. My daughter thinks it tastes good but I think she’s disappointed because she was looking for more apple flavor.

AJRimmer

Yeah it’s definitely their way of saying flavoring, just marketing.

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70

The sampler in my subscription packet this month (Plum Deluxe being the final remaining tea subscription I just can’t bring myself to end, despite my stash).

A pleasant enough black tea, with some of the bitterness I expect of a breakfast tea and a clear scent of hazelnut. The hazelnut flavoring is more forward when the cup is hot. As I’m down to the last colder sips, I get almost none of it, with a light berry flavor underneath the tea itself showing up instead.

Nice to drink, but not something I’d need to have.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Hazelnut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Orange Spritz by Plum Deluxe
2324 tasting notes

This tastes fresh and fruity and herbaceous in just the right way. I like how they managed to keep it authentic and not sour, yet still so flavorful.

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I’ve really been enjoying this tea. The aroma of stonefruit and lavender is so complimentary. The flavor is too! The apricot is a little more subdued to the lavender, which is pretty strong in this tea. I like lavender and am fine with it, but I think it might be a bit much for those more sensitive to florals. I think a little more balance between the apricot and the lavender would elevate this a lot, especially if the apricot had more of a “juiciness” to its flavor. Still a very relaxing evening tea and a shame it was recently retired on Plum Deluxe’s website.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Stonefruit, Woody

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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63

TTB tea! The first day, this was too rosy for me, but the second day, it mellowed out a little. The flavor is just okay, not my favorite. It’s slightly fruity/floral, but it’s a little mild.

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drank Strawberry Lemonade by Plum Deluxe
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TTB tea! This reminds me of other strawberry lemonade teas I’ve had before. It’s a bit too sour, but it’s still decently refreshing cold. As I drank it, I enjoyed this more and more.

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drank Apple Cinnamon Chai by Plum Deluxe
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TTB tea! I taste a lot of apple combined with cider spices. Warm with milk and sugar, I’m enjoying the cider vibe! I wish the spices were even stronger or the apple were a little tangier or more authentic, but this was a decent cup of tea.

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I have had this unopened pouch for over a year. Somehow it got pushed to the back of my tea drawer and I forgot about it. I decided to go through the drawer and organize my teas and that’s how I found this one.

I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. Unlike red rooibos, this brewed up pretty pale. That was surprising to me, but I suppose green rooibos is like that. The flavor improved as the cup cooled. I don’t think this will be a go to evening tea like my good earth sweet n spicy or peppermint herbal tea, but it’s drinkable.

There, is that damning it with faint praise?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Chai by Plum Deluxe
961 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB #21

Despite the long ingredient list for this blend, I mostly got ginger and turmeric with just a hint of anise. It felt very warming and healthy and I’d probably enjoy it quite a bit if I was sick! But I wish there was a bit more complexity to the flavor profile.

Flavors: Anise, Ginger, Turmeric

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Adventageddon Day 25 – Bonus Tea

Merry Christmas to all my tea friends celebrating today!! I’m enjoying a cup of Cool Mornings Green Chai this morning as my final cup of tea from this year’s Adventageddon – there’s always one or two advents each year with a special bonus tea for Christmas day. At first I thought it was a weird choice for the day, but as I sip on the roasty notes of green tea with the sweet, cooling spearmint and warming finish of hot, earthy ginger I’m finding myself increasingly sold on this being the perfect tea to unwind with during the peaceful stillness of this morning! It’s kind of like DT’s North African Mint, actually.

Today’s Advent Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/C1R_1v7OaYo/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahh7451ad74

Cameron B.

Adagio has a tea called Mindful Mint or something that seems the same as well.

Michelle

Merry Christmas!

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25th and last tea of the Plum Deluxe advent calendar. Supposedly this is a twist on chamomile-vanilla, but made up as a latte I can’t make out either of those flavors. I’m getting primarily cocoa and, inexplicably, nutty notes, with a hint of maple. The maple is stronger in the aroma – it mostly shows up at the end of the sip while drinking. I actually love this exactly as-is. It’s a very indulgent dessert tea without being overly sweet. Great way to end the calendar.
Overall, I’m really glad that I got this calendar again this year. I didn’t adore every blend but there were a lot of really enjoyable ones. The amount of tea is just right: enough to enjoy and experiment with but not so much that it takes forever to drink through. I had fun with the teas being unlabeled, since it allowed me to test my senses before looking if I wanted to. The tin is very cute and a good size to repurpose for storage. I still don’t adore the plastic baggies they use, but the baggies do seem to have been a bit less staticky this year – mostly I only noticed it with rooibos blends.
Four advents/samplers is apparently the right number for me. I was able to more or less keep up – enjoyably and without stress – even when illness periodically knocked me off course by a couple of days. I’m really pleased with the ones I picked out this year and the way I structured it, except that I should have gotten the caffeine-free Hanukkah sampler. Five is probably the absolute max I could do without it being too much, and if I do that I should make sure only one a day is caffeinated.
Surprisingly, no glittery teas in ANY of my advents this year! I guess it’s out of fashion? Too bad, I still enjoy some sparkle from time to time.

Michelle

Have you done the Plum Deluxe caffiene advent, and if so which did you prefer?

Kaylee

Not the caffeine advent. I did do the caffeine Hanukkah sampler this year, which may not be a fair comparison since it’s only eight days: I was less a fan of that one because it skewed heavily towards black tea blends and those tend to unsettle my stomach. Flavor-wise I ended up really really liking about half of them, whereas I enjoyed most of the caffeine free blends. Roswell Strange did the caffeine advent this year; not sure if she’s done herbal before.

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Merry Christmas Eve to all who celebrate! It’s been a joy doing adventaggedon with folks!

This is day 24 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. When I brewed this up, I couldn’t figure out whether it was hazelnut or chestnut. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s both! It’s nutty, smooth, and very very slightly sweet. The caramel is extremely light; it’s more apparent in the aftertaste than the sip. Really pleasant winter tea!

Michelle

Merry Christmas!

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drank Spiced Orange Chai by Plum Deluxe
1157 tasting notes

Day 23 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent. Quick note because some family stuff in the past 24 hours has forced a complete change in Christmas plans and I suddenly have a lot to do today. Everything is fine, but my partner’s family abruptly had to go somewhere on Christmas so we are not doing Christmas with them for the first time ever. We’ve… never done Christmas at home. If anyone has any advice for making a cozy Christmas for two, I’m open to suggestions – I am so out of my depth! We have a little Charlie Brown tree I’m going to set up and maybe do Christmas movies and still figuring out food…
Anyway this is a nice orange spice tea but I’m not sure it’s chai-level spiced. It’s a nice sweet orange. Other flavors are cinnamon, basil, I want to say clove but there isn’t any in here. Even the ginger is hard to make out except for the occasional back of the throat burn with some sips. I like it fine, it just doesn’t quite live up to the name.

Mastress Alita

I don’t have any friends or family that live anywhere near me, so I always do holidays on my own, just me and the cat. I think making your own traditions is a good way to go (for example, I have “Thaisgiving” where I get a bunch of Thai food to eat over Thanksgiving). I celebrate Festivus rather than Christmas which is already much, much more low-key (I have the aluminum pole and everything!), but ordering in pizza, taking a luxurious bath or shower, and lounging in PJs on the couch with the cat are all things I look forward to during the time off from work. (A cozy afternoon tea session with some sweets is also nice!)

Kaylee

Love that you have the aluminum pole! Thank you for the advice.

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Sipdown (2532)!

I was hoping that without advent fatigue I might enjoy this blend more, but I still found it kind of dull tasting with one of the strongest notes being the pu’erh itself which was rather earthy in a dusty muddy sort of way. I wanted more cinnamon or clove intensity or a brighter citrus note and I just didn’t get those. Not bad tasting, but a more forgettable spiced orange profile in the vast sea of options out there…

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Adventageddon Day 23 – Tea 3/4

This was pretty good, though definitely differant than I expected it to taste. In my head I thought this would be a lot like the very sweet cinnamon and clove forward spiced orange profile of teas like DT’s The Spice Is Right or Bigelow’s super iconic Constant Comment. Instead this was really pu’erh forward, and I like the pu’erh base that Plum Deluxe blends with a lot so I appreciated that element quite a bit. Definitely spiced, but not intense – more cozy and warming. The orange was also less intense than anticipated, but the subtly and nuance with the other elements was nice! That’s something many, many teas with this type of profile lack so it was nice seeing a different approach. Very nice.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C1Nib5IOsB3/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNT4W-SIL2A

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drank White Chocolate Peach by Plum Deluxe
1157 tasting notes

Day 22 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. In theory, this is an interesting flavor combo. In practice, I’m not getting much out of it. Before I looked at the name, I couldn’t even place it as “peach” – just “slightly sweet and vaguely fruity” on a surprisingly not-woody rooibos base. Now that I’ve looked at the name, ok, I can see how this is peach. But I’m still not really getting “white chocolate.” This is completely inoffensive and totally drinkable, but it doesn’t quite line up with its name and it doesn’t really pop for me.

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