Nilgiri region black tea, blended with cinnamon chips, to give it a nice spicy bite. But we didn’t stop there, give it a plum flavor to add a depth of fruitiness as well as safflowers to balance it all into a comforting aroma and there you have Kally Tea’s presentation of “Plum Spice”.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon Chips, Safflowers, Cinnamon and Plum Flavors.
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Kally Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 3 minutes
I can't believe that we only have 11 days left until Yule and 15 days left until Christmas. I'm not sure where the time has gone this month, but it has certainly flown on by. Up this week is another tea to help you get into the holiday spirit, this time we have Plum Spice from Kally Tea. I've only recently been introduced to this company, but so far I've enjoyed the teas I've been able to sample. They don't carry many unflavored teas, but they do have a rather large selection of flavored teas with interesting names such as French Kiss and Wild Watermelon. They're also in the habit of periodically offering a Mystery Tea promotion where they send you a free 2 ounce bag of tea for every 2 ounce bag your purchase, although the promotion has ended for now. While some of the teas that were included with my order weren't ones I would have normally purchased for myself, it has been fun trying things outside my comfort zone.
When I placed my order in early November I chose Plum Spice knowing the holiday season was fast approaching. I've always preferred this flavor combination over more familiar favorites such as peppermint or gingerbread. It reminds me of the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (a.k.a. the Night Before Christmas), even if the sugar-plums mentioned weren't actual plums, but rather a type of sugary candy.
Now that I'm writing about sugar-plums I have the dance of the sugar plum fairy stuck in my head and visions of me wearing a purple and white tutu twirling around in there. My head is certainly crowded tonight. It just dawned on me that I may not have mentioned that I was a dancer for many many years before my interests took a turn towards writing and photography. Some days it's hard to imagine I was a dancer, even if I have photographic evidence to prove it. Most days I can't be coordinated or graceful to save my life.
Ignore me, I've had a rough few days and I'm really sleep deprived. This is what a 13+ hour round trip car ride, a trip to the ER, and a sick toddler and husband does to me. Please forgive me! I promise I'll move on to the tea review now. Hopefully before you get the song stuck in your head as well, although it is a pretty catchy tune.
When I first opened the package of tea I remember taking a big sniff and thinking that it smelled like Christmas, and then I sneezed, ruining the moment I was having. I'm actually allergic to cinnamon, but sometimes I can't help myself so I dope myself up on Claritin so I can have some. I couldn't really smell the plum, but the spicy scent of cinnamon was there letting me know I was in for a treat. It was also very strong in the first steep of the brewed tea, almost taking over the entire cup, letting only the black base shine though. I only caught the occasional hint of fruit flavor from the plum. This was a bit of a disappointment considering that the name of the tea is Plum Spice, I really expected more of the plum flavor to show through.
The second steep had quite a different flavor than the first and I find that I preferred it more, which is unusual with me when it comes to a flavored black tea. Where the cinnamon took over in my first cup, the plum flavors were able to shine through in the second, even above the rather strong black base. What surprised me the most, however, was that I actually preferred this tea cold rather than hot. There was a bit of a bitter twinge to my cup when I first began drinking it and since I tend to be picky about that sort of thing I let my cups cool down to room temperature before finishing them off. Considering that it is 9°F outside right now and I just spent the last hour unloading the car from our trip to Missouri I really needed a nice hot cup of tea to hold on to. This was not it and I eventually grabbed my favorite oolong to help me warm up. Either way I did find this to be a very enjoyable cup of tea, although not likely one I'll reorder.
My Rating: 75/100
Would I order this again? Possibly. I have other plum spice teas I prefer more, but I would certainly pick this up again if the price were low enough.