166 Tasting Notes

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I may have messed up my sample with the brewing. The base is white and the second Hojicha, so I brewed as for white with 5 minutes brew time and1.5 tsp to 8 oz. Still a bit mild, but the color was nice and the flavor smooth. My son couldn’t taste anything – he did a sample with me – but he’s used to black teas. My sample is a bit older so it’s also possible age hurt it a bit. I found it soft but pleasant and enjoyed the cup. I don’t think I enjoyed enough to order a full tin but this is a pleasant tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am picky on herbal teas. This, to me, is not a good one. That’s a shame as I love the company idea. I am curious on their Sherlock Holmes and Jane Eyre.

Apple is listed as the first ingredient. Apples are pretty items in these blends but they carry little flavor in themselves unless something is added. I do get the slight sourness of the orange. Hibiscus has been a hit and miss with me but they keep it softer in this blend thankfully. I cannot really taste “tea” in this blend — it is a very mild flavored water type with the citrus coming off stronger as it cools down. When it is at its hottest, it reminds me a little of a pencil/chapstick.

Flavors: Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea company says: “Pairs well with and a sweater and blanket”

They also have a Deluxe Pumpkin Spice Black Tea, which was in the database, but I added this one as it has different ingredients listed such as Allspice. Strangely, if you go to the Plum Deluxe website it lists this one, but one of the pictures is still of the ultimate bag. This company does switch their teas seasonally quite a bit and does some retire some on a semi-regular basis.

First, I’ll start with the positives. The flavouring is very good for the “seasoning” part. I don’t get pumpkin really but it may lend to the warmth. Cinnamon is there but not too spicy and not artificial. There is a small spice bite but not overwhelming for those who like the spice to be smooth in these blends. I also don’t detect any artificial sweetener in this blend.

Now for the bad side….the tea part is very weak. I have run into this with some of their blends. Honeybush Tea is listed as the first ingredient, so perhaps this is a milder tea, but then it lists “black tea”. The tea part disappears quite a bit other than the flavorings, similar to drinking autumn flavored tea water with a touch of tea. :/ If they put in a fuller, richer tea base, these blends would be much better.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Tea caption claims: “Sip when you need a sweet-n-spicy comfort tea”

Plum Deluxe has a lot of delightful, flavored bags of tea and a nifty sampler system. I did a three tea sampler today with three cups of similar teas from a tea sampler order. Brunch in Paris Black Tea, Comfort Blend Black Tea, and Rainy Day Puerh. All three are similar enough in ingredients and taste. Like many Plum Deluxe teas, despite the advertisement and the smell, the tastes are mellow and weaker for flavored teas.

The Rainy Day does not list clove like the Comfort Blend, but it’s almost there – perhaps in another ingredient. Comfort Blend used cinnamon chips for its natural cinnamon flavoring, and Rainy Day goes for the Sweet Cinnamon Bark and Sweet Cinnamon Extract instead. The taste is still not artificial and gives a bite without clove (clove would probably be overkill in this case, so likely a good thing.)

Like the other two, this has Orange, but it’s not astringent. Ginger Root is in all three but not noticeable. The others simply list “black tea”, while this one goes with the Puerh. Of the three, this is my favorite, but still not that memorable. It is not actually spicy unless you prefer mild spice. I would order this one again perhaps, but maybe not

One odd thing – when first sipping this, there is an almost artificial sweetener taste at first. Not sure what’s causing that, but guessing the cinnamon extract they use.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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80

Tea caption claims: “Your best friend for a tranquil, revitalizing cuppa”

Plum Deluxe has a lot of delightful, flavored bags of tea and a nifty sampler system. I did a three tea sampler today with three cups of similar teas from a tea sampler order. Brunch in Paris Black Tea, Comfort Blend Black Tea, and Rainy Day Puerh. All three are similar enough in ingredients and taste. Like many Plum Deluxe teas, despite the advertisement and the smell, the tastes are mellow and weaker for flavored teas.

Comfort Blend has a golden glow and a fragrant orange smell. The cinnamon chips give you the natural flavor of cinnamon without artificial feel. There is a bite of clove in the throat as an after taste the first sip or two. Ginger is very behind the scenes. I love orange and ginger and cinnamon, and while this is soothing and comfortable, it’s so mild it stays tranquil only a short time before it gets a little dull.

Like Brunch in Paris, this has orange, but the Comfort Blend buries it a bit deeper.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Tea caption claims: “Transport yourself to a dreamy place in one sip”

Plum Deluxe has a lot of delightful, flavored bags of tea and a nifty sampler system. I did a three tea sampler today with three cups of similar teas from a tea sampler order. Brunch in Paris Black Tea, Comfort Blend Black Tea, and Rainy Day Puerh. All three are similar enough in ingredients and taste.

Like many Plum Deluxe teas, despite the advertisement and the smell, the tastes are mellow and weaker for flavored teas. Brunch in Paris was surprisingly the darkest of the three cups, with the other two being lighter and golden. I did the samples with 1/2 tsp in slightly less than 4 oz tea cups at 200 temperature and 4 minute steep, 1/2 tsp. sugar per cup.
Brunch is Paris comes across as calming, mellow, non-bitter, mild black tea with a touch of orange and a smidgen of honey memory. The cocoa nibs disappear. The flavor does not fully match the color nor the description. Brunch in Paris is drinkable, but not memorable. Fortunately the orange is there without the rind and this one doesn’t have an astringency pucker. It blends together well and naturally, just not strongly.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Well, I did another order from Plum Deluxe. They’re a fun company and I enjoy trying their 5.00 sale deal bags. I ordered two sample packets as well. THIS one was included as the free sample of the order and thankfully no money involved.

While it has great reviews on the site, I hated this tea. I’m thankful I knew from ingredients to not go a full 4 or 5 minute brew – plus the Scottish tea description. I love Maple Syrup in black teas, so was hopeful, but… yech.

Brewed 7.5 oz 3 min 45 seconds with 200 degree and a few minute rest. One cube of sugar. Oddly hazelnut is first note (it should not be, is not in there?), then a strong bitter note and aftertaste, with a syrupy finish. Yes, not pleasant.

People who enjoy super strong tea may find this more to their liking.

Flavors: Bitter, Hazelnut, Maple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 221 ML

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84

Yes and no on recommending this one.

I think PlumDeluxe may have discontinued this one – they do that often

It has a great walnut flavor and a little maple. You have to be careful on how long to steep this one. It gets too strong for me at a mere 4+ minutes – dark and robust. I’d imagine the 5 mark would bring out the bitterness that keeps hinting at earlier steeps.

It’s not a bad tea but it’s nothing special.

Flavors: Maple, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

A good tea, although a little simple. I steeped at 3 minutes but will try 4 next time. Goes well with a cube of sugar, but honey does not complement it nearly as much.

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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85

I really enjoyed the last of this small bag in my order. It is unique. Not something I’d drink every day but good for certain and moods – and you can’t argue the name is not memorable. Planning to order some more of this one. The caramel comes through decently strong and is of course enhanced by some sugar

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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