249 Tasting Notes

75
drank Nice Vanilla Spice by Plum Deluxe
249 tasting notes

I like this one but it seems to be lacking something to give it a bit more body. I’m not a huge fan of fennel, either, although it’s not strong or overpowering in this. It’s a nice, different sort of herbal than what you usually get, and it is nicely done, it’s just not my favorite cup.

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65
drank St. Nick's Tea by Simpson & Vail
249 tasting notes

Meh. Now that I’m looking at reviews here, I’m seeing that maple and nuts are a part of this. I don’t think I got that from their website description. <pausing to go look it up, to be fair> OK, it does mention nuttiness in several spots (not just almonds) and a touch of maple. If I had caught on to that, I probably wouldn’t have tried this one – not a nut fan in tea (other than almond) and not a maple fan in general. There is a dry unsweetened cocoa flavor to this (the kind that is bitter and reminiscent of coffee), and the maple and sort of pecan-type astringency are definitely present. I think it’s probably an OK tea if you like maple, pecans, and coffee, but that’s not me.

Flavors: Cacao, Coffee, Maple, Pecan

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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74

Hmm. This one is good but it comes across as super sweet, I’m guessing from the coconut. I tend to like strong flavors, so I’m not going to complain that it’s too strong – but I think the coconut overpowers the rest of the good stuff. I will finish what I have, but I’m not inclined to buy more once this is gone.

Flavors: Coconut, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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85

Yum! It’s a chocolate chai that actually tastes chocolaty! Cinnamon is by far the strongest spice, and the chocolate and hazelnut notes are warm and strong. It’s a seasonal tea, so I reordered a couple more bags. It’s nice and cozy, and the mix of black tea and honeybush means I get the caffeine and black tea feel without being totally high caffeine – a win for me most of the time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Hazelnut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec
tea-sipper

Whoa, I tried ONE Plum Deluxe tea ages ago from a teabox. I had no idea they were still around and they have a ton of awesome blends on their site. Good to know… for a time far from now. haha. :D

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80

I enjoyed this one! I don’t really taste the vanilla or marshmallow as distinct flavors, but I can tell they are there in how they soften the sharpness of the black. It gives it a certain richness that the Assam doesn’t have on its own, without making it sweet. This was my tea this afternoon for board game time with the family. I’m happy to report I didn’t kill anyone, lol. Family time, both wonderful and not!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
249 tasting notes

I’ll give it points for being unique. Definitely had ginger and light citrus and that cola “bitterness.” I didn’t care for this at all hot, and unfortunately I brewed a whole mini-pot so didn’t have any left – I agree with some of the reviews that say it’s better cold. I can’t try that, so I can’t swear to that, but I think that might have been why I didn’t like it. Cola is supposed to be cold! It does what it advertises, though.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Citrus, Ginger

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75

They really have captured that breadiness that real gingerbread cake has. The spices are sweet and mild – definitely a kid-friendly type of gingerbread as opposed to a sharper, zingier one. (I’d personally like a zingier one, but I can’t fault them here.) I see cloves in the mixture, but I don’t really taste them – it’s primarily cinnamon and ginger to me. As per the usual for S&V, I need to use a lot of it per cup, and I’ve found all the dessert type teas are far better with a pretty generous sweetening. I haven’t tried this with milk, but I bet a little would be good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cake, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I have to give it to Plum Deluxe, I truly think I have at least liked every tea I’ve had from there. They haven’t all been eternal faves, but they’ve all been worth drinking, and some have been true loves. (My one dislike wasn’t even a true dislike, it was just making promises with the scent that the flavor didn’t deliver.)

This one is a really unique mix. It is exactly what the ingredients promise, a blueberry white tea with a peppermint sting. The blueberry is soft, not overpowering, which works with this white tea. It’s kind of a weird combo, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it. I think it was just seasonal (they change their tea offerings regularly, although I think some are in standard rotation), so it’s not available on their site now. I enjoy the novelty of this blend, and it is nicely done, but I won’t be crying in my tea that I can’t get more of it.

Flavors: Blueberry, Peppermint

Nattie

It was a confusing minute before I realised that Plum Deluxe was the name of the company, lol.

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90

For once, I find myself agreeing with all the rave reviews! This really does give me apple, cinnamon, and that custard-ness of French toast. I made a huge tumbler to get me through a meeting, and I was sad when I guzzled it all down and was left with nothing. I do overleaf it pretty heavily, as I tend to overleaf most teas anyway but I also agree with other reviewers that S&V teas tend to require it. BUT I DON’T CARE! I’LL GO A TSP PER OZ OF WATER IF I NEED TO, IT WAS THAT YUMMY! Ahem.

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Custard, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
lizwykys

lol! Watch out, captain, she’s a loose cannon!! This sounds super yum. :)

TreeGal

LOL, I’m getting wild and crazy here!

Nattie

shuffles over to wishlist

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I love the idea of this one, but the implementation is rather medicinal to me. I think perhaps the almond is coming across as cherry to me, but mixing with the raspberry is giving it something I’m perceiving as a twang. I’m not getting any cookie impression here, though. It is definitely strongly flavored, which I do appreciate in general.

Flavors: Cherry, Medicinal, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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