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Plum Deluxe Advent Calendar – Day 18

I agree with Mastress Alita, the dry leaf definitely smells like cream cheese frosting…

Definitely not a fan. This is over-the-top artificial tasting… I can taste the honeybush underneath, and it has a peppery note to it that conflicts with the flavoring. As for the flavoring itself, it’s very fake-buttery and reminds me of the caramel-flavored syrups that I always hate. There’s something a bit coconutty as well in the aftertaste.

Nope, nope, nope!

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI8bVHGAmpT/)

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Pepper, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Ya, I definitely got that in the aroma, but I think I just got blackberry leaf in the flavor! (And seriously, what is up with that honeybush?)

AJRimmer

I haven’t tried this particular blend yet, but I know exactly what you mean by the peppery flavor that sometimes appears. It always confuses me!

Cameron B.

It’s also weird how it’s only in some honeybush, maybe it’s brought out by other flavors? Because I actually love honeybush and it’s not usually peppery to me.

Mastress Alita

It isn’t usually to me either, but the specific one they are using tastes that way to me. But now I have a suspicion their “base” honeybush may be Adagios, and I have never been a big fan of their base teas…

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Mastress Alita

Ya, I definitely got that in the aroma, but I think I just got blackberry leaf in the flavor! (And seriously, what is up with that honeybush?)

AJRimmer

I haven’t tried this particular blend yet, but I know exactly what you mean by the peppery flavor that sometimes appears. It always confuses me!

Cameron B.

It’s also weird how it’s only in some honeybush, maybe it’s brought out by other flavors? Because I actually love honeybush and it’s not usually peppery to me.

Mastress Alita

It isn’t usually to me either, but the specific one they are using tastes that way to me. But now I have a suspicion their “base” honeybush may be Adagios, and I have never been a big fan of their base teas…

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

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Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

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Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
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