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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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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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drank Orange Spritz by Plum Deluxe
2264 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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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
2264 tasting notes

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
2264 tasting notes

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
1143 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
1143 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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Sipdown (2518)!

Finished this off this morning while working from home. I did, unfortunately, over steep my mug so it was prettttyyy harsh and bitter and that really killed a lot of the more delicate citrus and florals of the blend. Sort of a bummer way to finish off what was actually a pretty stand out blend from this past Adventaggedon.

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Adventageddon Day 22 – Tea 3/4

I was skeptical about this one but I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Nice medium bodied black tea with a round, mouth-coating thickness to the liquor. Very fresh and floral, with lovely notes of jasmine and even lovelier notes of orange blossom. I can’t wait to revisit again sometime when I’m not nearly so rushed.

I was working from home today, but it was the last day before our holiday break so it was definitely a CRAZY sort of day. Lots of deadlines and things to wrap up before we come back in 2024…

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA2WFuAZW08

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Sample sipdown! I just made a note for this recently because it was in the advent calendar. Normally I wouldn’t bother with another note so soon but I’m really just celebrating that the dashboard is back! Yay!
I received a sample of this with my order. It probably would have languished in my tea drawers because I’m not a blueberry fan. But the beauty of samplers and advent calendars is that they push me out of my comfort zone, which is how I learned that actually I really like this tea! It feels like drinking a blueberry ginger muffin.

Flavors: Blueberry, Cinnamon, Ginger

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Day 21 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. I like this more than I expected to! The dry leaf smells like blackcurrant, but once it steeps up it’s clearly blueberry. The blueberry hits at the front of the sip, followed by a nice medium-burn ginger, and a cinnamon gum note at the end of the sip. All three linger on the palate and meld together really well. A surprise winner given that I don’t like blueberries and don’t particularly enjoy cinnamon-gum flavor in my tea. But in this case it all works!

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drank Pear Walnut Herbal by Plum Deluxe
1143 tasting notes

Day 20 of the Plum Deluxe herbal advent calendar. The idea of this one is very enticing, but in practice it actually just tastes like a milder version of Plum’s chestnut flavoring to me. I’m not really picking up on “pear” so much as a vague general sweetness. It’s pleasant enough but nothing to write home about. Unlike the holiday gift of Plum’s vanilla sugar cookie and evening in the garden that just arrived! Two of my favorite blends from this company – excited to have them in my collection!

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Adventageddon Day 20 – Tea 2/4

Cold Brew!

Y’know, a festively named dragonfruit tea was not on my Adventageddon bingo card this year but I love the idea of it! Plus, the cheerful and lightly sweet tropical flavour really does pop against some of the more traditional or decadent flavours that are so prevalent in these countdowns. And the blush pink colour it brewed up was so dreamy looking.

It’s honestly a pretty mild flavour, but that tracks for something with a dragonfruit inspiration. I feel like a lot of “commercial” dragonfruit flavoured teas are more fruit punch like in taste, but real dragonfruit is very light and floral. That comes across here, even though there’s still some gentle but generic tropical vibes happening. A little kiwi, a little red fruit, and just a bit of the lemongrass. It’s a very “base forward” blend too – I taste the white and green teas as much as any of the other flavours I’ve listed.

I think it’s a super cool inclusion in an advent since it’s so wildly different from anything else that’s appeared, but I don’t know if I’d personally want more of it. I definitely have dragonfruit teas I prefer to this one, even though it’s definitely got many nice qualities.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C1F0HEXu3XQ/?img_index=1

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

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Adventageddon Day 19 – Tea 2/4

Cold Brew!

This was really fucking weird. Not only do mango and almond seem like two flavours that shouldn’t really go together, but I also didn’t feel like the tea really tasted like either? Granted I think I may be getting a cold since I was fairly congested today, but as I drank this in the morning all I could think of was the really low quality Tim Horton’s style iced cappuccinos that I used to drink in highschool – but thin/watered down tasting.

I don’t get this one. It’s not that it was bad but it’s just so… off the goal?

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C1DQq6tu9xP/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-1eRNMP66A

Kaylee

I was bummed about not getting any oolongs in my sampler, but since you generally don’t seem thrilled with the oolong blends maybe it isn’t such a big deal!

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