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This seems the perfect blend for Valentine’s Day (had it then).  Thanks so much, Plum Deluxe!  Black tea and ripe pu-erh with raspberries and cocoa nibs and orange peel.  I was worried the orange peel would ruin this, but if anything, it might just add some brightness to the raspberry.  The raspberry is tart yet jammy sharing a perfect balance with the cocoa.  The second steep is just as dark and delicious, still a ton of bright raspberry and cocoa. As it cools, the citrus tastes like a hint of bergamot. The base is strong enough for me to love it, but gives enough room to allow those lovely flavors to shine.  If I had to guess I don’t think I could even tell that this had pu-erh in the blend?  So I don’t think the pu-erh has any of those negative pu-erh flavors.  I bet it would be nice if I added a bit of cocoa shells or even a tiny bit of hot chocolate.  I had Lupicia’s Framboise Chocolat once or twice and the flavor here is VERY similar to that one.  This is great because I love that blend.  Not to say that they are sourced from the same place because Plum Deluxe blends their own teas.  I REALLY like this one even more than I thought I would.   This is only available through March 1 so grab it now if you want some!  
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled // 4 min

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Raspberry

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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