Not long ago I was contacted by Plum Deluxe in from Portland Oregon. After a quick back and forth, a bright purple package of tea arrived on my doorstep. The first the I tried was the Mindful Morning Black Tea. Quiet mornings, mindfulness, and a fresh take on Earl Grey? Yes, please!
How this tea arrived at my doorstep is a story in itself. Apparently, a customer had told Plum Deluxe that my blog might be a good fit, so they reached out to offer me free samples. That purple package held three different teas to taste, and I am so grateful to receive these. As a result, this week I’ll be doing three tea posts. Stop by Wednesday and Friday to see what other teas I received.
With a small 1 oz of tea to try, I had to be mindful about the best container to enjoy this tea from. I thought about two different teapots, but rejected both as 1 oz is enough for one cup of tea only. Maybe two if you’re pushing it or reusing the leaves.
I settled on an all glass container, as much for the fact that it’s see-through (makes taking pictures easier) as for the fact that it has both a top and a strainer. And when you flip the top over, it holds the strained tea leaves, a requirement for loose leaf teas. I have no idea where I got it from; people give me tea things, so, well, shrug.
A few short minutes later, and I had a golden amber-colored liquid ready to consume. But first, I smelled.
I held the cup in my hands, breathed deep, mindful of the miracle of tea, and that this tea had come so far to bring me joy this morning.
Did you know that you can apply wine tasting techniques to tea? Or that there are people who are employed to simply taste and rate the tea? Sign me up!
And if there’s a little chocolate or some sweets involved as palate cleansers? I’m there!
I quickly sucked in a little tea, then swished it around in my mouth to aerate and move the flavors around. The warm liquid settled on my tongue, and I finally savored the aftertaste.
There’s even some floral flavoring going on – probably the bergamot and cornflower. A little smoky, and reminiscent of a rose-flavored black tea I’d had years ago. The orange peel in Mindful Morning Black Tea is decidedly understated.
I’ve always enjoyed a creme Earl Grey (usually achieved via cornflowers) so adding in orange peels and vanilla essence doesn’t stray far from my favorite.
Overall, a lovely, robust black flavored tea. Perfect warm and, as the tea cooled and the flavor deepened, I knew this would be a beautiful tea over ice for summer, too.
Plum Deluxe is located in Portland, Oregon, and ships throughout the United States. The teas are hand-blended by owner Andy Hayes. Plum Deluxe offers a variety of teas, a tea subscription box, teas of the month, coloring books, meditations, and more. The community also supports a variety of philanthropic projects.
There are two more teas from Plum Deluxe to sample. Stop by this Wednesday and Friday to learn what kind they are, and what I think of them.