Tea Talk ~ Episode 2

5 Teas You Will Always Find in My Home (2)

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!

Logo with TaglineAbout 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 β€œthe little things” in life.

So Let’s Talk About That Tea!

reading-nook-Photo-Credit-Bits-n-BoxesOf 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 visually25489134

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 865pleasing 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

4633087This 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.

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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!

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40 thoughts on “Tea Talk ~ Episode 2

  1. Gahhhh! I So wish I lived in my dream city! 😍 these posts have me eyeing my suitcase πŸ˜‚ loved the pairings & did I detect good vibes for The Bear? I’m making my way through your posts backward so you may have already reviewed it, excited! I think if I lived nearby, we’d so have to start a flexible book club lol. Lovely post Danielle πŸ˜ƒπŸ’•

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    1. I haven’t received all of the info I have been waiting on to post my review, so you did not miss it πŸ™‚ You and I would totally start a book club! You should visit this tea shop on line if you are in the mood for a cuppa. The chai is to die for ❀ Seriously. Do you drink much tea? Maybe I can send some.

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  2. It’s fantastic when a tea company is both a supporter of ethically sustainable practices and a producer of great tea πŸ˜€ The story behind Plum Deluxe is so sweet. I completely agree with Andy’s mother. It is indeed the little things in life that we must remember to enjoy πŸ™‚ Sometimes after a long day, the thing I look forward to the most is a cup of tea!
    The Portland Rose City Chai sounds wonderful. Think I may need to see if I can add that to my chai collection!

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  3. Nice feature. Of course, I ain’t no specialist on the subject, but the more I read about these teas thanks to you, the more I feel like I’m just that much of an expert! πŸ˜› By the way.. is there like.. a particular way to.. make tea? That sounds dumb, but hey.. might as well find out from the Queen of Teas before I find out I’ve been doing it all wrong hahahah

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    1. Haha I am definitely no expert πŸ˜› But yes, temperature and steeping times can make all f the difference with tea. I am admittedly not as good with temps because I prefer to use an older kettle on the stove (though I have been eyeballing a few electric ones). But steeping times are key I learned. You can usually locate this on the tea packing or easily online πŸ™‚

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  4. I wish I lived in the same country, at the very least. Here, most of what we get are mass-market blends and “handcrafted and organic” are so rare I don’t even know where I’d find them. The Reading Nook sounds like something I would have absolutely adored! 😊 I’m glad you found this amazing company and got to sample their tea. It seems like a wonderful opportunity! πŸ™‚

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    1. It really was! I am honestly not sure if they have an international option, but that is a shame. I am fortunate enough to live in a city with an abundance of tea shops and options. Plum Deluxe has some wonderful blends! he Reading Nook is fabulous. Where are you located, if I may ask?

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      1. I live in Bangalore, India. It’s one of the most important cities in India and we do get a lot of stuff here. But if I’m going to be buying internationally, the exchange rate is way too high for me to even consider it. πŸ™

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          1. We buy Lipton Yellow Label. It’s one of the most popular brands here for black tea. We also get green tea from the same company sometimes. There’s an organic store we bought chamomile tea from a while ago, but I can’t remember the brand. Special blends or handcrafted ones are scarcely available here though. πŸ™

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              1. Because we grow tea here and it’s famous? Probably because the popular brands eat up all the market share and nobody wants to venture into it with such fierce competition. I don’t know, maybe it’s just my city. There are a lot of handcrafted blends in Sri Lanka though. Many of my relatives who’ve visited there have brought back wonderful ones for us.

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  5. This sounds *perfect*. I have friends in Portland– I will be off to visit them sometime in 2018, so I’ll be certain to stop by. Both the Vista Blend and Chai sound right up my alley. I have to be in the right mood for black tea, though. Also: THIS IS THE FIRST LIST POST I’VE EVER READ WHERE I HAVE READ EVERY BOOK! I get it! I get all of it! This is a huge life milestone for me. Check that off the bucket list. BAM.

    You are my hero for making that come true. ❀

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