Gratitude Blend (Strawberry Earl Grey)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot Oil, Black Tea, Blue Cornflowers, Orange Peels, Raspberry Leaves, Strawberry
Flavors
Bergamot, Strawberry, Vanilla, Floral, Citrus, Cream, Earl Grey, Fruity, Raspberry
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by A2ShedsJackson / MrsPremise
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “This is supposed to taste like fruit and bergamot, but I have to say that it’s quite ambiguous. I brewed it for less time than recommended (5 minutes is crazy) but still ended up with a little bit...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A new Plum Deluxe favorite! This is a delicious blend of bergamot and fruity strawberries. I love everything about it. It steeps a strong, dark brew with bold flavors. Not too overwhelming on the...” Read full tasting note
    91
  • “So Plum Deluxe sent me some samples to review! How nice of them! This was just a mini sample, and unfortunately contained less than I usually use to leaf my earl greys. I tend to do 1.5 tsp for my...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “I tried this blend in the 2018 advent calendar and was surprised by how much I liked it. When I brewed up a cup, I found myself coming back to my mug again and again to take in the scent and...” Read full tasting note
    85

From Plum Deluxe

We knew from day one that the Plum Deluxe lineup needed a gratitude and appreciation blend. But what would it be? We just couldn’t decide, until one day we accidentally brewed up a cup of strawberry Earl Grey tea. It was love from first sip. This strawberry black tea blend just feels very happy to us — which, combined with the classic Earl Grey note, makes it the perfect dance partner for a gratitude tea.

The fresh fruitiness of the strawberry is balanced by the astringent, toothsome bergamont of the Earl Grey. We use a Ceylon tea base that has a somewhat gentle vanilla to it to help provide body. Despite the two predominant flavors, we wouldn’t call this tea sweet — but it does sip well with a touch of honey or sugar.

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This is supposed to taste like fruit and bergamot, but I have to say that it’s quite ambiguous. I brewed it for less time than recommended (5 minutes is crazy) but still ended up with a little bit of harshness, which I smoothed out with some milk. So this tastes like a flavored black tea, but I would have no idea what flavor it’s supposed to be. It’s too bad because I used to mix my own blueberry EG, which I loved.

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A new Plum Deluxe favorite! This is a delicious blend of bergamot and fruity strawberries. I love everything about it. It steeps a strong, dark brew with bold flavors. Not too overwhelming on the bergamot either, which I appreciate. I love bergamot, but if it’s too strong I’ve noticed it gives me a bit of a headache.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 20 minutes

Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a satisfying resteep at all. It’s very lightly flavored, very lightly flavored, and isn’t really worth the extra time when I could be drinking a fresh cup of something else. But now I know!

This is my “something new” for Mastress Alita’s A June Wedding sipdown prompt.

Side Note No. 1 – I’ve been spending some time over on Litsy and Goodreads this week. Does anyone have accounts there? I’d love to follow to see what everyone’s reading with their tea.

Side Note No. 2 – I’m having a conflict of conscience. All my life I’ve added two spaces after each period. That’s the rules! My fingers automatically hit the spacebar twice but lately the two spaces look so weird. So I delete a space. But that looks weird too. Why is this?! So now all my paragraphs and sentences are inconsistent – one space here, two spaces there. It’s making me uncomfortable. I did look on trusty Google and apparently the APA (which is the formatting/style guide I learned and used growing up) was the only one that recommended, nay demanded, two spaces after a period. Even they gave it up in 2019 and said that one space is sufficient. How do I retrain my fingers after over twenty years of double-tapping that spacebar? A challenge, indeed…

Side Note No. 3 – Is Steepster broken again? Good grief.

Edit – My note posted to the dashboard, so maybe it’s just that I’m the only one having tea today.

Flavors: Bergamot, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Ehhm, I guess not many people wrote notes today. And interesting that APA suggests two spaces — Czech system bans more than one space!

As of Goodreads, unfortunately I use Czech alternative to keep track of my read books. If I only don’t have to read the coursebooks recently!

Cameron B.

I also use two spaces after a period!

gmathis

Side notes: I use LibraryThing for literary purposes, and it took years for me to break the two spaces habit. Mrs. Ping, my high school business teacher, drilled that one deep into my DNA!

Veronica

I don’t use Litsy, but I’m Veronica Price on GR. I don’t write many reviews, but I do track most of my reading over there. I’d love to see what you’re reading. Checking out people’s bookshelves (real or digital) is one of my favorite things!

ashmanra

I think I read somewhere that our new technology already justifies the spacing of the text. (My mom actually learned to run an ABDick offset printer way back when and taught me what justification was in printing.) This is why two spaces are no longer necessary, the article said, and I think if you hit the spacebar twice, Apple products automatically put a period and capitalize the next letter.

Shae

Martin – I hope you’ll share any good reads with us once your studying is done! What types of books do you like to read for fun?

It’s good to hear I’m not alone in my double spacing! I suppose I need to start trying to break the habit. Very interesting about the article on justification, ashmanra, though I don’t own any Apple products so I’ll be hitting that backspace until I can retrain my fingers. I am still trying to figure out LibraryThing, gmathis, but I found a few really great threads there yesterday on sociology and religion so I will persist. I added my goodreads profile in my Steepster bio since I couldn’t find you, Veronica – or rather, I found about 16 of “you” and I don’t know which is the right Veronica Price. :) I don’t have much there yet, still adding books as I think of them.

gmathis

LibraryThing has a monthly early reviewer giveaway (both print and ebooks); costs nothing to throw your hat into the raffle basket except your agreement to write a review of at least 25 words. (I can take 25 words just clearing my throat!)

Veronica

Shae – I added you to my friends list. The Historian is one of my favorite books, too. :)

Shae

@gmathis – The raffle sounds like fun! I’ll definitely check it out, thank you. :)

@Veronica – I’m so glad you found me! I loved The Historian. I let a friend read my copy several years back, so I just need to go ahead and get another one. I don’t usually re-read books, but that’s one I would definitely read again.

Martin Bednář

Shae: I don’t have a particular favourite style or/and authors. I am now in one third of The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, so I would like to finish this series first. I do like historical novels though! But I read a few autobiographies, some serious and real-based books. Some funny books and lighthearted ones too. Just I do like it or not… no matter what genre is. I used to read lots of scifi as well.

Shae

Martin – this is the book series that the Netflix show is based on, yes? I’m currently in the middle of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, also historical fiction/sci-fi (time travel). I’ve been reading some light books in-between, but I’m not ready to start another series yet. This one looks good though!

Martin Bednář

Indeed it is! It was produced by BBC but abadonned then. Netflix decided to continue, but I haven’t seen single episode yet; I am waiting to finish the books first. I have read The Fort from same author when I was in Finland and that probably caused I like historical novels. There is eachyear a reading challenge but never read all 20 books that I should. Unfortunately, the time is (hopefully was) the trouble!

Shae

I agree – there’s never enough time to finish all the books!

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So Plum Deluxe sent me some samples to review! How nice of them!

This was just a mini sample, and unfortunately contained less than I usually use to leaf my earl greys. I tend to do 1.5 tsp for my 12 oz mugs. This was only 1 tsp. So naturally, it’s going to be a bit weak. That said, this has a lovely flavor. The strawberry and bergamot play well together, giving it a gentle berry/floral flavor. Luckily, it’s a natural flavor though and not artificial at all. That said, I’m not getting much of the straight orange flavor that I was expecting, or would have liked. (This supposedly contains orange as well as bergamot). But I love the strawberry. It’s very fruity. I would recommend adding a touch of sweetener to this, as it really makes the strawberry POP. I will likely order some of this if I ever make a full order from Plum Deluxe. I really want to.

Good stuff. Solid B.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

That sounds like a decent EG with berries

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I tried this blend in the 2018 advent calendar and was surprised by how much I liked it. When I brewed up a cup, I found myself coming back to my mug again and again to take in the scent and taste. There is still very much the earl grey base with vanilla, citrus, and bergamot. But a drizzle of strawberries makes this feel youthful and joyous, nicely balancing the more traditional earl grey. Brewed black, the tea is delicious, smooth and comforting, and still sweet without being cloying or artificial. As we leave the winter and enter spring and summer, this tea only feels more and more appropriate, perfect for flowery spring tea parties or refreshing iced tea days.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Earl Grey, Fruity, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Frolic

I just subscribed the the Plum Deluxe monthly box, having never tried their teas myself how would you characterize their “style”?

Kittenna

Strawberry EG sounds pretty tasty.

A2ShedsJackson / MrsPremise

@Frolic: Full disclosure, I contributed to the Plum Deluxe blog for a little while, so I might be a little biased. Their teas use quality, natural ingredients to get their desired taste, so they won’t be as in-your-face as some flavored teas that are out there. That is not to say they aren’t flavorful, they are just more natural in taste. For example, I love the fragrant lavender blossoms in their Reading Nook Blend. I’m curious what you’ll think of your first box!

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