This post is in collaboration with Plum Deluxe.
Portland is well known to be a big beer and wine city, but what I didn’t realize until I moved here is that Portland has a strong tea culture and community too. Andy Hayes, the owner of Plum Deluxe, recently introduced me to his online shop of organic, fair trade teas. Andy’s tea company is a lovely tribute to his mother, who lost a tough battle to cancer, but never forgot to enjoy “the little things” in life. Tea is one of those little things that’s best enjoyed when it’s sipped and savored, and the Plum Deluxe collection is all about creating those great moments.
All of Plum Deluxe’s teas are hand blended in small batches here in Portland, but of course, they ship all over the country. Their most popular item is the $10/month tea club subscription, which includes seasonal teas, surprise samples, and access to their online tea lover’s community. If my tea box wasn’t already so full, I would consider joining the tea club for a few months! If you’re interested in trying out Plum Deluxe, check out the giveaway and special promo further down…
Andy sent me few of Plum Deluxe’s signature teas to try. Before I even opened the purple envelope, I already caught a whiff of the fragrant contents. The moment I opened it, a medley of floral aromas danced out of the envelope. What an entrance! And what a great opportunity to bust out this cute little teapot that I received as a gift recently. With loose leaf teas, I prefer to use a teapot as the little tea ball steepers don’t always work well.
As some of you know, I’m an avid tea drinker who doesn’t drink coffee. So how do I get going in the mornings? With a little help from my friend black tea. Basic store bought black tea has a solid kick of caffeine, but is pretty flat when it comes to flavor. This Oregon Breakfast Black Tea is nothing like that. Earthy black tea blended with orange and hazelnut creates a rich, multi-dimensional flavor that wakes you up without loading you up on too much caffeine. In fact, I had a cup of this tea to help me get in the right mindset to write this post.
I have yet to come across any type of food or beverage that says “Welcome to Portland!” quite like this Portland Rose City Chai. In this blend, the vibrancy and spiciness of chai meets the delicate sweetness of rose petals, and it is as delicious as you’re imagining. With just a little caffeine, this tea is a good one for an afternoon pick me up. Throw in a splash of agave to sweeten it slightly. This is my favorite of the three, and I’m planning to make a rose city chai sorbet soon. Stay tuned for the recipe!
The Pomme Blossom White Tea is a tea club exclusive that screams summer party. The white tea and jasmine base is light and bright, while the pomegranate and other fruit flavors liven things up. The little chunks in there that look like tofu are dried apple pieces. Imagine how refreshing it be would be to serve this tea chilled on a hot summer’s day! The gentle flavors and low caffeine make it good for afternoons and evenings where you want to unwind, but you’re not quite ready for bed yet.
GIVEAWAY: Win two 1 oz bags of Plum Deluxe organic, fair trade tea!
Interested in trying out Plum Deluxe? To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell us who you would like to share a pot of tea with. For a bonus entry, tell us which teas you would like to win.
Don’t forget to include your name and email address when you enter so I can contact you if you win! To earn more entries in this giveaway, head on over to Instagram and follow the directions there. Open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends October 15, 11:59pm ET.
PROMO: Bonus 1 oz bag of tea when you join the Plum Deluxe tea club!
Join the Plum Deluxe monthly tea club, put “Let’s Nom Nom” in the “how did you hear about us” box, and you’ll receive a free bonus 1 oz bag of tea in your first month’s shipment. Promotion ends October 15, 11:59pm ET. Valid to new members only.
Note: This post is in collaboration with Plum Deluxe, and I received complimentary tea samples from Plum Deluxe. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.
Contest submission period ends at 11:59pm ET on 10/15/16. To earn a qualifying entry, entrants must complete all criteria outlined here or on Instagram. Each entrant may receive up to four (4) qualifying entries total: two (2) qualifying entry by commenting, two (2) qualifying entries on Instagram. The winner will be randomly selected and will be given the choice of two 1 ounce bags of Plum Deluxe tea. The winner will be contacted by 10/25/16. Open to residents within the United States. There is no purchase necessary to enter or to win. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.