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TTB 2022
The first steep was a bit nutty but this steeps twice and the second is a bit more apple-cinnamon. It is nice and warming, its a rainy cooler morning here in IL so a good time to try this tea. I might add this to a plum deluxe order if I didn’t have way too much tea already.
Thanks for adding it to the box, a good one!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nutty

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TTB 2022
I like the ginger forwardness of this blend, and the lemon/basil undertones balance it well. I can’t really taste the black tea, but on a summer day like today, that’s ok with me. If you don’t care much for ginger, I’d pass on this one, but I’m gonna see if I can get three steeps here!
Thanks to whoever put this in the box!

Flavors: Basil, Ginger, Lemon, Sweet, Tart

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60

For the July sipdown prompt, “a pineapple tea.” Prepared cold brewed.

Maybe it’s the cold preparation method (I just haven’t been feeling warm tea at all lately and didn’t even try it that way) but the pineapple flavor is really weak. Mostly I get a tangy citrus overtone, particularly an herbaceous-leaning one with the lemongrass melding with the green rooibos. I get a little pineapple toward the end of the sip, but it certainly doesn’t “pop.”

It’s not a bad iced tea, but it isn’t what I was expecting. I’ve had hibiscus-heavy fruit teas that had a much stronger pineapple flavor than this, and I thought on the milder green rooibos base the pineapple was sure to shine. I may try sweetening/carbonating what I have left in the fridge, but at the moment I’m underwhelmed.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemongrass, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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82

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → A vanilla tea

I expected this to be a plain sort of tea with just enough vanilla to claim it as an ingredient. Not sure why those were my expectations, but that’s what I was thinking. Quite happy to find that this has great vanilla bean flavor and reminds me a lot of my favorite vanilla bean tea from Mighty Leaf. Not quite as good but very enjoyable.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Be Well Decaf by Plum Deluxe
1790 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → An orange tea

I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the decaf options from Plum Deluxe and this one is no exception. It has a very clear orange flavor, much like orange juice rather than orange peel. I think I still prefer lemon black tea over orange black tea, at least at the moment, but this is a nice change. Definitely a bonus that it’s decaf as well!

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 24
From Emilie!

This blend seems to have a cult following in the Plum Deluxe Facebook group, so I was surprised that it doesn’t have many notes here on Steepster. I was so excited to see this in my swap with Emilie because it’s been on my wishlist for a while. Everyone seriously talks it up whenever it comes up in the group.

James had the first sip and said that he could definitely taste the marshmallow, but I’m only tasting vanilla. I know that marshmallows are flavored with vanilla, but I was expecting more. Plus, it’s missing that toasted flavor for me. Emilie sent plenty of this one (thank you!!), so I’m looking forward to having another cup to try to coax out more of the flavors I’m missing.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apple Cinnamon Warmth by Plum Deluxe
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Backlog from June 13th:

2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 18
From Emilie!

It appears that Steepster is down this morning, so I’m typing my notes elsewhere until everything is back up and running. Fingers crossed that won’t take too long. Maybe this will remind Adagio that we’re still here.

This is a really nice apple cinnamon black tea. My favorite apple cinnamon tea was a cheap teabag I found once at Walmart and has since been discontinued. I haven’t yet found anything to rival it, but I won’t give up my search. This is tasty, but not what I’m looking for.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This was surprisingly really good. It sounded kind of boring but it’s actually a really nice smooth creamy vanilla breakfast tea. Looking forward to drinking this one again and might buy a larger amount of it.

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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 15
From Emilie!

Plum Deluxe says that huckleberries are blueberries. I never realized they were one and the same. That said, there is a berry sort of flavor here but I can’t really say I taste blueberry. Or if I do, it’s very light. I prefer Blueberry Jam from DAVIDsTEA, but I’m guessing DT probably uses more (or a stronger) flavoring than PD. I don’t mind flavorings, so I’m going to go with the more pronounced blueberry flavor. If I were going for a potentially more natural version, this would be a nice change of pace.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is pretty weak flavored. I get a very faint fruity flavor that’s not even really distinguishable as pineapple. Meh.

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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 6
From Emilie!

I pulled this one the other day and didn’t have a chance to drink it, so I’m having two teas from Emilie’s swap today. James loves the Beach Bellini blend from Teavana, so I’m thinking this might be similar. I don’t think Teavana’s version has rooibos though, but I could be wrong. I’ve never much cared for that one. It reminds me too much of those peach gummy candies my grandmother used to eat. I had too many as a child and can’t quite stomach them anymore. This tastes similar but with that woody quality from the rooibos. I think James will love this one, but it’s not for me unfortunately.

Flavors: Candy, Peach, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Tea #2 from the AJRimmer advent!
I love anything even remotely Earl Grey and this was a nice delicate cream Earl Grey so I was a fan! Sadly it’s all gone now

Shae

If you like strawberry, their Gratitude Blend is so good!!

Shae

It’s a strawberry Earl Grey. Should have mentioned that. :)

Emilie

Omg I definitely need that!

AJRimmer

Yes, I’m so glad Shae introduced me to this blend! I had to acquire more for myself after I finished the bit she sent me.

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57

Yeahhh, no. This is like buttery mineral water.

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Mineral

Shae

Well that stinks, I just bought some of this one. :/

Kelmishka

Maybe you can finagle some flavor out of it…!

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71

This is a pleasant caramel chestnut flavor. It’s rather light but has a cozy comforting flavor near the end of the sip and the aftertaste. I may order more of this after finishing my sample.

Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut

ashmanra

May I inquire as to the inspiration for your user name? It is the past tense of dance in German, I know.

getanzt

Yes it is past tense of dance in German. I studied German for several years and just liked the sound of the word to be honest so I’ve used it as a username for a while :) No special meaning beyond that.

ashmanra

That sounds like a fine reason to me!

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78

This has a nice rich flavor in a subtle way. At first I thought it was too light for my liking, but I kept reaching for it and drank the cup down pretty quickly! The chocolate and hazelnut are both present in just the right amounts. Overall a pretty tasty tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

Courtney

That’s how I felt when I first started drinking Dammann Frères teas — now my cupboard is full of them. XD

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I picked up a sample of this because the combination sounded intriguing. However, the rosemary seems to come through much stronger than the other flavors which was a little weird for me. While I love rosemary in baked goods, I apparently don’t like it as a strong flavor in tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rosemary

Shae

Oh no, I just ordered some of this one!

getanzt

It sounded so promising and I was hoping for a chocolate-y creamy blend with a hint of rosemary, but sadly it was more like ROSEMARY with a hint of chocolate.

AJRimmer

Oh no! Yeah rosemary just isn’t a dessert ingredient no matter how hard it tries to be.

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60

The most prominent flavor in this is blackberry with a fake butter flavor. Kind of a creamy berry? Not terrible but definitely not what I expected from the name. I added a bit of sweetener to it. Overall it’s just kind of nondescript and I wouldn’t buy again. The more I drink it the more I get a sort of fake butter flavor from it which is a little stomach turning.

Flavors: Blackberry, Butter

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70

This is my evening cup tonight. A small sample from Plum Deluxe. It’s quite nice. Green rooibos tends not to have the heavy woody flavor, which I appreciate. Red Rooibos is good for heavy spice teas, but this is fairly light and dessert-y, and the red rooibos would have ruined it. It is good, but as it cools it ends with a slightly soapy flavor, which may be the rose petals. Not a fan of floral teas. So I will not be ordering any of this. But glad I got to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

One of my favorites for tea lattes

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drank Magic Butterfly by Plum Deluxe
70 tasting notes

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75

I am continuing to use u0p my samples so I brewed this for last night’s evening cup. Like most fruit tisanes the color was very pale, almost clear. But the flavor was there. Almost sweet, with a little zing from (maybe?) the cherry and cranberry. I would happily drink this one again, but it won’t make it into any future order. Very glad to have tried it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Sip down! (is it a sip down if it is only a sample that can make 2 cups?)

This was my evening cup tonight. For the past several weeks my evening cup has been either peppermint tea or my Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea. Those are both good teas that I enjoy, and the fact that they are bagged makes them convenient, but that can get a bit boring. As part of my spring cleaning I started to go through my tea drawer. Holy moly, how could I have forgotten all these lovely little samples?

This will not be a re-order, but I did enjoy it. Even with my lack of a sense of smell I got bready notes from this. As the tea cooled, it became sweeter and I got a little banana. I wonder if this one would be good iced? Anyway, as I said, I won’t be ordering any of this but I would be happy to drink it again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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