Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to correspond with Andy Hayes, the founder and creator of locally based Plum Deluxe. This was a very welcomed encounter for more than just the obvious reasons. Within a matter of mere minutes, I knew I had found my next favorite (and local) tea shop. Let me share a bit about this amazing company, and I am sure you will easily understand why I became an instant fan. There are a lot of good things happening with Plum Deluxe!
About Plum Deluxe
Hand-blended in small batches at their studio in Portland, Oregon, Plum Deluxe’s line of signature loose leaf teas will help you to slow down for a mindful moment and enjoy the luxurious feeling of a hot cuppa, perfect for a warm exchange, whether it’s a quiet night in or thoughtful conversation with friends. All of their tea blends are organic, non-gmo, and free of chemicals and sulfites – they support local and USA farmers wherever possible – they also have an active philanthropy program. Andy Hayes is the founder of Plum Deluxe; the company is 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.
So Let’s Talk About That Tea!
Of course, we simply must try the tea! I do want to thank Andy for generously providing several incredible blends to sample. And well, as nothing compliments a cup of tea better than a good book or friend, I decided to match them with a few of my recent and favorite reads.
Reading Nook Blend Black Tea
This fragrant, smooth blend of black tea with welcomed hints of rosebuds, lavender and chamomile is as delicious as it visually
pleasing. It also happens to be the company’s signature organic tea. Both inviting and relaxing, this floral black blend makes encourages you to linger and simply enjoy. For that reason, I found it the perfect complement with Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale. Immersive and atmospheric, this was a title much like Plum Deluxe’s signature tea that was hard to put down.
‘Vista Blend’ Herbal Tea
This herbal blend is sweet on the senses with a delicate hint of fruit and a pleasing aroma. Caffeine free with elements of apricot and lavender, it provides a calming experience that invites you to savor the moment and just be. I found it to easily lift my mood and promote a feeling of well being. For that reason, I have selected to pair it with an inspiring favorite and re-read that you may have noticed on the blog before, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
Portland Rose City Chai
This is my new favorite chai! Subtle spices accompany the right amount of sweetness to create a warming cuppa that is uplifting and indulgent but never over stimulating. This chai is easily enjoyed in the morning or on a cool evening. With a gentle scent of almonds, this is the perfect blend of rooibos and black tea, creating a unique and fully satisfying experience. I found myself sipping this particular tea in the evenings with another recent read, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee. Both will fully envelop you and deliver more than expected.
All Plum Deluxe teas can be found exclusively online in their tea shop at plumdeluxe.com/ along with a monthly tea club and an amazing community designed specifically for tea lovers. This includes hosting member meetups, recipes and so much more! Andy and his team are doing fantastic things. If you enjoy a nice cuppa, I highly recommend paying them a visit!