Here at Literally, Darling, we love tea. So we were beyond thrilled when we were given the opportunity to sample a few offerings from Plum Deluxe, a loose leaf tea company based out of Portland, Oregon. Plum Deluxe teas have no sulfites, no artificial chemicals, and are non-GMO, gluten free, and vegan.
I got the chance to speak with Andy Hayes, the founder of Plum Deluxe about his inspiration to start the company, “I started this company to share the lessons I learned from my mother, who lost her six-year battle with breast cancer. Those six years were the best years of her life—her fitness improved, she spent a lot of time with friends and traveling, and her positivity was off the charts. My hope is to help others live a good life without the need for a major life event.”
Plum Deluxe’s teas are all fair trade, loose leaf teas. You can feel good about drinking them and drinking them will definitely make you feel good. Teas can be purchased individually or you can participate in their Tea of the Month Club to receive a limited edition tea each month. I tasted four of the teas so you can get an idea of the awesome flavors available (among many) that are available.
Ingredients: White Peach Tea, Apricot Pieces, Marigold Petals, Pear Essence
This tea is light and pleasant to drink. Sometimes I find fruit teas overwhelmingly fruity, but the Plum Deluxe teas have subtle fruit flavors. The apricot and peach were balanced well among the marigold petals with just a slight hint of pear flavor. It’s definitely a great spring and summer tea and I plan on brewing some more to serve over ice.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Almond Rooibos, Oregon Rose Petals, Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Blackberry Essence
We’re big fans of chai in my house, my boyfriend especially, so this was a treat. While not as spicy as we both typically like our chai, the Portland Rose City Chai is smooth with a noticeable rosy flavor. It’s mild on the spice and has a nice hint of sweetness from the blackberry essence. It’s definitely more of a cozy tea and the next time we whip up some chai lattes at home I’ll be brewing up some Plum Deluxe.
Ingredients: Honeybush Tea, Elderberries, Apricots, Apple Pieces, Sunflower Petals, Natural Apricot Essence
I always like honeybush teas. The Plum Deluxe honeybush is warm and mellow, perfect for a rainy day when you just need some TLC, a big comfy sweater, and your favorite music on in the background. This tea is a little sweet for me—the elderberry, apple, and apricot flavors are more pronounced than in the Afternoon “High Tea” White Tea—but it’s not unpleasant.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Honeybush Tea, Orange Peels, Hazelnut Essence
This tea was hands-down my favorite and will out me as the coffee drinker that I am. The Oregon Breakfast is smoky and nutty and I’m dying to make more and splash a little bit of cream in it. The hazelnut taste is distinctive and pairs beautifully with the orange peels. There’s even a hint of chocolate flavors from the combination of the black tea, honeybush, and hazelnut. It will be perfect for the approaching snowy New England winter.