I love spiced teas, but I don’t get to drink them very often because of my allergies. They always smell so good and remind me of the holidays. When I saw that Della Terra had released a summer spiced plum I knew I had to try it. Since the new fridge came in yesterday, bright and early at 7am, I was finally able to cold steep something and have it be really cold. I’m excited!

Anyway, I’m excited about this tea as well, when I opened up the package it smelled so good. I couldn’t really detect a plum scent, but all the spices sure were there. Once steeped I noticed something, my tea shimmered, not sparkled, but shimmered very faintly as the light hit it. It was very pretty, somewhat mesmerizing, and temporarily distracted me from tasting my tea.

The tea itself was very spicy and I didn’t notice a plum flavor to it, just a slight sweetness every once in awhile. This may be because I cold steeped it and the spices took over. I wish I had saved enough of this one to find out if it would taste any different hot, but I used the whole try me sized package for my cold steep. I thought this was a very yummy tea, but wish the plum would have stood out above the spices.


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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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