25 November 2017

Weekend Cooking: Try a Cuppa Plum Deluxe Tea

Review: Plum Deluxe TeasHappy Thanksgiving weekend for those of you in the United States. I hope your holiday was wonderful.

I ended up with a bad cold, and spent most of the week drinking gallons of tea. Although you might think it was bad timing to feel sick during a holiday, I was actually a little lucky.

A few weeks ago, Plum Deluxe Tea asked me if I'd like to sample some of their blends. I checked out their website and was impressed that their teas are both organic and fair trade.

I had a hard time deciding what kind of tea I wanted to try, but Plum Deluxe was nice enough to send me three different blends of black tea, my preferred brew. Note, however, the company sells green tea, white tea, herbal tea, chai, and a couple of others. Here's what helped me survive my holiday cold.

  • Review: Plum Deluxe TeasThe Mindful Morning Black Tea is Plum Deluxe's take on Earl Grey. The blend contains the expected bergamot oil as well as vanilla, blue cornflowers, and orange peels. They suggest a quick steep, which is what I did. This was definitely a brighter Earl Grey, and I admit to adding a shot of whiskey--just to help take the edge off my cold.
  • I couldn't resist trying Heritage Blend Black Tea, which Plum Deluxe describes as Scottish Breakfast tea. I love breakfast teas of all sorts, and this one stood out with its touch of maple syrup and flowers. It was, however, a little more bitter than I was expecting, but some honey smoothed out the brew.
  • Finally, the tea I was most looking forward to trying was the Brunch in Paris blend. This one was by far my favorite. It smelled so good, even before I poured boiling water over the leaves. Blended with the black tea foundation are cocoa nibs, orange pieces, and honeybush tea (see the photo at right). This could easily become a household staple.
Plum Deluxe had plenty of other organic tea blends that caught my eye. I mean, who can resist a tea called Reading Nook Blend? It contains black tea, rose petals, lavender, chamomile, and vanilla essence. The Gingerbread Chai Tea looks perfect for the holidays, and some of herbal blends also sound good.

If you're looking for a gift or want to treat yourself, check out Plum Deluxe's organic tea of the month clubs. They also sell gift sets and tea accessories.

Whenever possible, I like to buy organic, fair trade, and non-GMO, and Plum Deluxe meets all those requirements. In addition, they donate a percentage of their profits to, as they say, "making the world a better place." I love companies that give back to communities and projects in need.

Thanks to Plum Deluxe for the chance to try their teas. The photos are from their website, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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rhapsodyinbooks 11/25/17, 6:53 AM  

Sorry you were sick but how nice that you had some new teas to try to heal you! The Brunch in Paris tea sounds great! (how can anyone resist anything that includes cocoa nibs?)

Molly 11/25/17, 7:18 AM  

I'm starting to drink more tea - especially in the evening while reading a good book. You introduced me to Stash Tea and Christmas in Paris is my absolute favorite. Now I have to do a taste comparison and try Brunch in Paris after the holidays.

Hope you are feeling better and can enjoy the weekend.

Mae Travels 11/25/17, 7:46 AM  

Are those better than boutique teas from a normal tea store or high-end market? I'm big on comparisons to understand what is really worth trying, and I think I'll be trying some new teas soon. It's hard to make a decision based on something you got for free (and I would have to pay for).

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jackie McGuinness 11/25/17, 8:05 AM  

Hope you're feeling better!
We just lazed away the last week. I read a lot!

Vicki 11/25/17, 8:23 AM  

Sorry you were sick but glad you had the tea to help you feel better. I've never liked any kind of tea that I've tried, but I'm seriously thinking about ordering the Brunch in Paris blend. The ingredients make me think I would like it.

Tina 11/25/17, 9:06 AM  

I’m sorry to hear you had gotten a cold during the long weekend and festivities. Hope that plum tea has you fit and feeling better soon!

jama 11/25/17, 11:09 AM  

Sorry to hear about the bad cold. These teas sound wonderful. I think the Brunch in Paris would be my fave too.

Deb in Hawaii 11/25/17, 11:14 AM  

Colds are never fun but the tea sounds like it helped. They all sound good but Brunch in Paris sounds amazing. I love honeybush tea--on its own or in blends like that one. Love that it is organic and fair trade too. I will definitely check them out.

bermudaonion 11/25/17, 8:03 PM  

I love their tea! I hope you're feeling better!

Esme 11/25/17, 8:26 PM  

I am going to check these out. I love tea and always enjoy trying new flavors. Sorry to hear you were a little under the weather.

Andy Hayes 11/25/17, 9:08 PM  

Agreed - cocoa nibs is always a good thing. :)

Tea 11/26/17, 6:15 AM  

My goodness, didn't know there were so many teas. I didn't know you loved tea and accessories either. Reading your post and visiting that site, I thought of "The Tea Rose." Have forgotten the author.

Nan 11/26/17, 12:59 PM  

I will very occasionally drink chamomile or peppermint tea, but that's it. I'll have one cup coffee in the morning, and then mostly I just drink water. I know, boring. haha

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