drank Housewarming by Plum Deluxe
1843 tasting notes

When I first received this tea from Plum Deluxe, I had to check the description on their website to see what the flavors are. It smelled so familiar but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It’s listed as a vanilla creme brulee tea, which sounds amazing, and vanilla I could see but I wasn’t getting any creme brulee vibes. Even after having a cup, I still don’t think I experienced creme brulee. Not exactly, anyway.

But oh my goodness, what I did experience was magic. Don’t laugh. This is going to sound pretty ridiculous to most grown-ups – and maybe it’s just nostalgia talking here – but this tea smells and tastes just like Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts. My favorite Pop-Tarts growing up. Maybe even my favorite Pop-Tarts of all time. My brother and I, we would pop them in the microwave for just a few second longer than we reasonably should have, so that the inside was lava-hot and oozing and the crust was bordering on burnt but not and eat them while they were burn-your-fingers (and mouth and tongue and cheeks) hot. I remember like yesterday the chocolate dripping down the corners of my mouth, a molten river of bliss burning down down down.

So like I said, maybe it’s nostalgia, but this tea took me back and I loved every last drop of it. I tasted vanilla and chocolate and even the pastry with its sweet, burnt edges. Maybe that’s the creme brulee I thought I was missing. This, to me, is a true dessert tea. I love a good vanilla tea, but this surprised me and gave me much more than I was expecting.

Many many thanks to Plum Deluxe for reminding me of a happy memory from my childhood and gifting me a tea that truly put a smile on my face.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Chocolate, Pastries, Vanilla

8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.


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