If you’re a tea lover, I have a treat and a tea to introduce to you: Plum Deluxe Tea!
Plum Deluxe’s line of signature loose leaf teas are designed to help you to slow down for a mindful moment and enjoy the luxurious feeling of a cup of tea, perfect for a warm exchange with friends and family or a few quiet minutes of reflection in solitude. Hand blended and infused with love in Portland, Oregon, all Plum Deluxe tea blends are organic, non-GMO, and free of chemicals and sulfites.
Plum Deluxe Tea was founded by Andy Hayes as a tribute to his mother, who lost a brave 6-year battle with breast cancer but never forgot to enjoy “the little things” in life: “My mom taught me that no matter your circumstances, you can choose to create moments that matter, every day. And some of the most enjoyable moments are the small things – time to sleep in, relaxing in a reading nook, going on a neighborhood walk, or catching up with an old friend over a cup of tea.”
I wasn’t familiar with Plum Deluxe Tea and as an introduction, I was offered samples of three different teas to try. The first was Reading Nook Tea Blend (Rose/Lavender/Chamomile)
The reading nook blend is a signature organic tea created for enjoying while perfecting some of our dearest passions: reading, writing, and enjoying conversation with friends:
One needs a touch of caffeine to keep the conversation flowing, the pages turning, or the pen on the move, so we start this blend with a wonderful cream black tea. We then added rosebuds for creativity and sustenance, lavender for flavor and aroma, and top it off with a bit of chamomile which adds a calming balance to it all.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Rose Petals, Lavender, Chamomile, Vanilla Essence, Love, Gratitude. Has Caffeine.
Use 1 1/2 tsp per 16 oz cup. Steep with boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Because Plum Deluxe uses the freshest ingredients, you can steep your tea twice for a second cup.
I need a little caffeine in the afternoon as a pick-me-up and this just my cup of tea ;) with a wonderful fragrance! It was love at first sip for me, and a the feeling of indulging in a cup of something special!
‘Vista Blend’ Herbal Tea (Apricot/Lavender):
The apricot + lavender “Vista Blend” is inspired by one of our favorite things about nature — the views. This tea reminds us that we can have a beautiful view wherever we are, if only we slow down to appreciate it.
We use a base of earthy honeybush tea, paired perfectly with Oregon lavender and apricot essence. The fruit and floral pair to create a calming influence. It’s just delightful — and especially refreshing on ice. Originally this tea was a seasonal-only blend, but based on your demands we’ve elevated it to a signature blend so you can get your Vista cuppa any time of year.
Ingredients: Honeybush Tea, Apricots, Oregon Lavender, Apple Pieces, Sunflower Petals, (mine had Marigold petals) Natural Apricot Essence, Love, Gratitude. No caffeine.
Preparation Instructions: Use 1 tsp per 16 oz cup. Steep in boiling water 3-5 min. Cold brew for the best iced tea.
I’m a fan of peach and apricot flavors in tea so I knew I would enjoy the Vista Blend. It is fragrant and sweet without the need for sweetener. I’m looking forward to trying this refreshing blend iced in warm weather!
Fog Cutter Black Tea (Irish Breakfast w/Hint of Lemon):
Sometimes you need a bold black tea to help you clear through the emotional and mental clutter and help you focus on what you need to do to reach your goals and dreams.
That’s the intention with our “Fog Cutter” Irish breakfast blend with a hint of lemon. It’s got all of our favorite black teas — Darjeeling, African, Ceylon, and Assam — along with a hint of lemon peel to provide brightness. Expertly blended, you’ll love it hot or iced, steeped strong or weak, with or without your favorite extras. Sail ahead, brave one, and clear skies are ahead!
Ingredients: Assam Black Tea, Ceylon Black Tea, African Black Tea, Darjeeling Black Tea, Lemon Peel, Love, Gratitude. Has caffeine.
Preparation Instructions: Steep 1 tsp in 8oz boiling water 3-6 min.
Fog Cutter Black Tea is a coffee lover’s tea blend and ideal for a first cup in the morning!
I pulled together some teatime treats from the archives for you to sample with your tea! Click on the links for the complete post or recipe.
A patchwork of cucumber, thinly sliced radishes, and strawberries on top of a cream cheese spread. Garnish with edible flowers and herbs
Easy and fun to make! Make the flower tart shells in advance, store in an airtight container and serve with an assortment of sweet or savory fillings at teatime!
Tart, sweet, buttery and savory, all in one luscious bite!
Easy and beautiful with edible flowers and herbs that adds a ‘wow’ factor for a shower, garden club lunch or tea!
Pound Cake Tea Sandwiches are finger sandwiches of cake, filled with layers of chocolate buttercream and strawberry-cream cheese. Enjoy these as a no-bake teatime treat using store-bought ingredients, as easy to make and as they are to eat!
You find all of Plum Deluxe Tea blends including Black, Green, Chai, Oolong, Herbal and Puerh, HERE. Prepare to be wowed by all the varieties available!
To help you get acquainted with Plum Deluxe, they’re offering a promo code to HIWTBI readers. Use the VIP promo code BOAT on the cart page before checkout to receive 12% off your purchase, or join Plum Deluxe tea club (just $10/month) and receive 20% coupon plus free shipping for any accessories or teas. Code is valid through 4/30/18.
Thank you to Plum Deluxe for introducing me to your wonderful teas and providing me samples for this review.
“Tea is a daily companion that never fails us. It warms when we—or the world—feel cold, gives strength when we’re weary, and lends delicious grace notes to our gatherings. From the first cheery chortle of the kettle at dawn to the fragrance of an evening cup as the house quiets and we turn to our reading, tea can be counted on to smooth and save the day.”
~Victoria The Essential Tea Companion