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.

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

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I have a drink obsession in general – daily lattes and coffees, and of course teas of many varieties. I mainly drink hot tea in Florida, but still enjoy the occasional southern sweet iced.

My preference is black tea, although I’m open to trial and error with others. I like the old fashioned English style tea cups, tea parties, food pair-ups, mini desserts and pies, cubes of sugar, small collection of Rose Red tea pets, you get the idea. I will always have an old fashioned tea kettle on the stove, but have recently purchased an electric tea kettle that I absolutely adore. I’m lazy by nature, so I have switched to stuffing tea bags for the loose teas to save on clean-up and disposal with other strainers.

I love smokey teas, non-bitter, not overly astringent, strong tea background mixed with flavored teas, no artificial sweetener tastes, balanced florals IF there must be a floral. I used to love spice, but it has to be done right. A former chai fan – now it reminds me of colored pencils. Cinnamon sounds good but so many teas have it artificial or odd tasting. Same goes for chocolate, some things have to be done just right to work.

Primary Tea Companies currently in 2022 – Harney and Sons, August Uncommon, Simpson & Vail, Fusion, Tea Spot, English Tea Store for odds and ends, The Tea Table

Most missed tea place and tea: Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki

Very picky with anything Roobios, and Darjeeling/Oolong are hit or miss depending on the blend and my taste buds. Mint works in a mood but I’m not a big fan. Gravitate toward good name blends and fall themes when doing yet more sampler orders.

I like adding a cube of sugar to almost all teas, not usually milks. I don’t like stevia or any artificial sweetener taste. I adore honey, but to me it doesn’t suit tea unless I have a sore throat as both the tea and the honey change their flavor profile quite a bit if I mix them.


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