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85

Although this is labeled as a dessert tea, it was not sweet. It had hints of chocolate and vanilla, but nothing overly strong. There was butterscotch in the fragrance although I didn’t taste any in the brew. It would have been lovely with a sweet treat, but it was also good with savory food. I think the apple and rosehips perhaps contributed a tiny bit of brightness, but I couldn’t actually taste them. A nice and warming treat!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Full Moon Chai by Plum Deluxe
180 tasting notes

This is a strong, true chai to me. It is very heavy on cloves, and very light on the cardamom and cinnamon. (Cinnamon is more evident as it cools, but still evasive.) I suspect it would be great brewed as a chai latte or in milk – on its own as a tea, it’s a bit harsh but passable. I’m not going to give a numerical rating at this time as I suspect it’s very different brewed with milk rather than water – the water brewing, I’d probably give it a 65 as it just doesn’t have a great balance.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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70

Same review as the caffeinated version, which I’ve attached here. The good news is that this tea does not suffer from using a decaf tea. However, it’s still somewhat blah and bland.

The fragrance on this is just amazing – luscious orange and spices, in a nice balance with each other. Unfortunately, the flavor falls a little short. It’s still good, but not as divine as promised. I don’t get any vanilla from this, and the tea base is a bit musty or earthy for these flavors. Again, it’s still good – maybe the fragrance was just so wonderful that I am let down by a perfectly adequate flavor.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange

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80

This is a nice solid, basic tea to me. It’s definitely what I think of as a breakfast tea, hearty and strong, a touch bitter and malty but not overly so. The lemon isn’t strong but is definitely present – I’d probably like a touch more, but I like a ton of flavor. This isn’t a tea that I’ll drink often just because of personal preferences, but it’s nicely done and solid.

Flavors: Astringent, Lemon, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

I have been pretty happy with Plum Deluxe teas overall, and this is no exception. It’s a little lighter in body than I tend to associate with a breakfast tea, but it’s still hearty and strongly black. I don’t taste much of a contribution from orange peel (which is disappointing as that’s a flavor I love), but I get a hint of it in the finish. The hazelnut adds a richness without being overpowering, although it is very strong in the fragrance. This is a fairly astringent tea, but that comes across nicely without bitterness.

Flavors: Astringent, Hazelnut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Enjoyed this after a stressful Saturday (hey, I’m a mom, Saturdays aren’t days off!). It is definitely cozy and relaxing! The chocolate and vanilla notes are definitely present, and I think the hazelnut probably contributes to the chocolaty “feel.” I am not aware of any flavor from the orange peel, but I’m sure it’s contributing to the background flavor. It’s just a touch flat tasting – in all likelihood, the problem suffered by most decaf teas in my experience – but still delicious and comforting. I added a fair amount of sugar to this – I don’t think you need to do that, but it just was the mood I was in. I’d like to try this one as a latte!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Hazelnut, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

The fragrance on this is just amazing – luscious orange and spices, in a nice balance with each other. Unfortunately, the flavor falls a little short. It’s still good, but not as divine as promised. I don’t get any vanilla from this, and the tea base is a bit musty or earthy for these flavors. Again, it’s still good – maybe the fragrance was just so wonderful that I am let down by a perfectly adequate flavor.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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That always sucks when a tea smells out of this world but falls flat in flavour!

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88

Yummy! It is a little weak for me (they recommend 1.5 tsp for 16 oz, but I find it only medium strength with 2 tsp for 12 oz). But it has an absolutely delicious fragrance that is absolutely true to its name. There isn’t a ton of caramel flavor but I think it’s just enough to take the edge off any possible sourness. It’s very easy to drink and cozy, but I have to hide it from my son!

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The black tea in this one was a little strong, maybe I steeped it for too long (5 mins) but there was a slight bitterness/astringency to the aftertaste. The coconut was more in scent than in flavor, but it did mix nicely with that vanilla/custardy/cream flavor of creme brûlée. I dont think I would buy this one again, and its not my favorite from PD, but its also not “bad”. If you like the taste of black tea and you’re a huge fan of it (I’m not) then I think you’ll definitely enjoy this. However, if you’re more into subtle teas with lots of flavor like I am, then this may not be up your ally.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coconut, Cream, Tea, Vanilla

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77

Well hit my feet and call me Brenda………..this is a very, very good tea! Sweet, mildly orange with the scent of cacao EO, giving the slightest hint of bitterness to keep it rounded. The brew is a dark, rich mahogany color and it smells phenomenal.
I added some sugar and a small dollop of cream (yes cream, not milk) and it hits all the right notes for me to make it a dessert like experience without being cloying or artificial. The ‘higher’ notes……orange and chocolate…..dissipate a bit as it sits but the flavor isn’t overly affected by that. The orange and chocolate are still present as you would find in perhaps a tea bread……..not too sweet, dense and satisfying. This would be a great crowd pleaser for the holidays….Thanksgiving comes to mind as it doesn’t exactly scream ‘Christmas’ but crisp fall weather.

The 16 year old says: “if my school actually had tea this good I would order it there.”

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Carefree Coconut by Plum Deluxe
15 tasting notes

For clarity: I’m only giving this a 65 because of my personal tea preferences……..
This tea is really flavorful and interesting. Most of my black tea experiences have been either a single variety or black tea with flavoring, maybe some flowers or spices. I’ve never had black tea with hibiscus and rose hip making such a strong footprint on the flavor….this is why I’m giving it a 65. I don’t like rose hips or hibiscus very much. However, this tea is very well blended, the coconut is subtle and the fruit adds a refreshing and interesting element. It’s a lovely color and smells very ‘happy’. I can see this being someone’s favorite afternoon tea. Though I wouldn’t order it again (again, only because of the rose hips and hibiscus) I’ll definitely be finishing the envelope I have.

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100

I’m not regularly reviewing tea here because I’ve narrowed down my daily teas to two, and I haven’t been trying new ones. So, when I find a tea that is “teagasm” to the max, I have to share.

I’ve changed my eating habits over the past few months and have become a vegan who intermittently fasts (i.e. I eat twice-a-day). So tea has become very important to me during the fasting times. I realized that I wanted a nice caffeine free tea to treat myself with once I get home from my job. I also knew I wanted to try and find a blend with honeybush.

Enter google! I hadn’t heard of Plum Deluxe before, and after looking at their offerings, I ordered two honeybush blends (I’ll try the Vistas blend tonight). After I’d placed my order, I received a nice email from the owner which was a really unexpectedly sweet touch.

When the teas arrived yesterday, I opened the package and was like “WHOA THAT’S FRUITY LISCIOUS!” The two teas’ fragrances combined smelled like a really fruity bubblegum.

I steeped up a whole set of water bottles (I now steep bigger quantities to fill BPA-free water bottles and store them in the fridge for iced tea throughout the day), and tried one bottle before bed. I didn’t mean to drink the whole thing (getting up to use the bathroom at night sucks), but I did AND I’D DO IT AGAIN.

The apricot is the star in this blend, and I never thought I cared for apricot that much. But this blend is freaking deliciously Foo-Foo. Like, it’s a dream Foo-Foo-Fruity tea that I’d want to drink while riding a sparkly unicorn. It’s more forgiving in terms of steeping temperature/time than my previous “Queen of the Foo-Foo Teas” Rosy Earl Grey from Teas Etc.

All this is to say that I’ll be drinking this tea every freaking night that I can as it will have a permanent place in my cupboard. TG

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Sororitea Sisters TTB

So with Sororitea Sisters, sometimes months can pass between writing a review and when it is posted. In the case of this particular tea, it was just over a month and yet that seemed to be enough time to make me completely forget ever drinking this. When I saw the post I actually thought it was mislabeled until I read it and my writing jogged my memory. I guess it is fair to say this tea wasn’t particularly memorable but it seems I enjoyed it more than expected. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/08/26/waterfall-mist-honeybush-tea-from-plum-deluxe/

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85

I wasn’t sure about grapefruit but was intrigued. Boy am I glad I tried it. Definitely will continue drinking this one and I would absolutely buy more of it.

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88
drank Reading Nook Blend by Plum Deluxe
30 tasting notes

TLDR: Yum!

In the bag:
Looks: Like some tea leaves and grandma’s 1983 bowl of Pier One potpourri had a party.
Smells like: Tea, flowers, chocolate.

Brewed:
Looks: Like black tea, steeped; maybe a bit on the pale side.
Smells like: The chocolate and roses really jump out. Sort of what I hoped Adagio’s Valentines would be.
Tastes: Almost sweet enough for me drink on its own.
Added sugar, added a little more. Best without milk, shockingly to me. The milk flattened every flavor to near non-existence.

I read on the PD forums that even their black teas can be brewed a 2nd time, so I gave it a whirl, since my ride was a little behind. Holy Cats! I think it was even better the 2nd time (and a someone who almost never re-brews…well, that’s huge).
Skipped the dairy but hit the sugar hard for the 2nd.

110% get the knitting podcasters’ exuviance over this blend.

I cannot wait for next month’s tea of the month so I can order more of this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Absolute joy. This tea takes me on a beautiful trip to a floral and fruity filled meadow. The owner of Plum Deluxe was inspired by hiking when making this blend and it shows. The rosemary is the true gem, as it pairs beautifully with the lavender and tart cranberries. You definitely get the blueberry flavor in this tea, but it is not too over powering. A new favorite of mine. Perfect for anytime of day when you need an escape.

Flavors: Blueberry, Green, Lavender

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

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70

Lovely to drink in the afternoon. A very mellow fruit taste and when it is hot I really get the graham cracker taste (perhaps pie crust?) with a kick of cinnamon. I’m going to try this one cold brewed, as I think the fruity flavors and bits of spice will taste fantastic with the smoother finish the method enhances. Very seasonal right now and a club only blend.

Flavors: Alcohol, Apricot, Cinnamon, Graham Cracker, Honey, Peach, Tart

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

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95

I loved this tea so much that I was inspired to “read my tea leaves.” I upended a bunch of wet tea onto my desk, photographed it, and analyzed it.

Full post (plus a visual of my mess) here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/10/06/midnight-melange-black-tea-plum-deluxe-2/

A tea that’s ALMOST identical to this can be purchased here:
http://www.plumdeluxe.com/product/reading-nook-blend

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Vanilla

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Backlog Aug 28th. Sample sipdown.
Pretty good, I liked the addition of honeybush, gave it a different flavor than a normal breakfast blend.

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Been drinking this one by the pot in the morning! It’s perfect on it’s own or with a little honey to sweeten the citrusy grapefruit flavor. I must admit, I hated grapefruit before this tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Grapefruit, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Love this tea! I’ve been drinking it with the occasional drop of honey + splash of cream… but mostly it’s perfect black. This is what I want served at a tea party.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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