Tea review: Raspberry Earl Grey black tea from Plum Deluxe

As I mentioned in my last tea review, one of the unique things Plum Deluxe offers as a tea company is their monthly tea subscription that offers special blends you can’t get otherwise. That makes this month’s tea review special.

Since I mentioned in our correspondence that I was fond of loose leaf Earl Greys, Andy–the founder of Plum Deluxe, in case you missed it–pulled a sample of one their current subscription-only teas so I could try a cup. The good news is this lets me tell you a bit about what to expect from their specialty teas, which are a surprise from month to month. The bad news is you won’t be able to get it now… and it’s really, really good.

Plum Deluxe raspberry earl grey

The flavor of the black tea in this blend is more subdued than that of the standard Plum Deluxe Earl Grey I tried, leaving room for the new flavors to play. There’s just the right amount of raspberry in this mix, which means it takes the lead, but doesn’t drown out the taste of the bergamot.

I wouldn’t recommend any additives for this blend: it stands beautifully alone. The berry flavor brings just the right amount of sweetness to a straight cup, meaning even a pinch of sugar added detracts from the well-balanced mix of flavors.

It’s also a pretty blend, including bits of dried berry and orange peel, as well as raspberry leaves to give it a hint of herbal flavor. I’ve always been fond of berry flavored teas, so this one really is the best of both worlds, and I would have loved to have some to add to my collection–but as I said, it’s a subscription exclusive, and the window of opportunity to nab this one is already closed.

I’m definitely curious about the other special tea blends offered only to members, which I’m sure was the intention. If they’re all as yummy as this raspberry blend, it’d be hard to go wrong. As for this specific tea, though, there’s enough left in my sample bag to give me two more cups, and you’d better believe I’m going to enjoy them.

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