Tea Time at Reverie: Plum Deluxe’s Self Care Herbal Tea Blend

Our final sample from Plum Deluxe is the Self-Care Blend, an herbal tisane that caught my eye for two reasons. First, how can you go wrong with a name like that for a tea? Everyone needs a reminder to slow down and take care of themselves, and tea serves as a good reminder of this….

Tea Time at Reverie: Plum Deluxe’s Reading Nook Black Tea Blend

Our next two Tea Time samples come from Plum Deluxe. Since 2008, this Oregon-based tea vendor has been exploring all aspects of the phrase “Making Moments Matter.” From handcrafted organic tea blends and a Tea of the Month Club, to recipes and meditations and other gifts, Plum Deluxe is committed to reminding its customers to…

Tea Time at Reverie: Mr. Darcy’s Pride Oolong from Bingley’s Teas

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Mr. Darcy in a letter to Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” Ah, Fitzwilliam Darcy. He may be handsome and wealthy, but at the beginning…

Tea Time at Reverie: Tea Maineia’s Peach Apricot Black Tea

Sometimes the best advice for choosing tea is, “Follow your nose.” In other words, if you like the way a tea smells, you’ll most likely enjoy its taste, too. That principle was a big reason – no, THE big reason – why I bought a packet of Peach Apricot Black Tea from Tea Maineia during…

Tea Time at Reverie: Longbourn Wedding Tea from Bingley’s Teas

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” Ah, marriage. It’s the revolving point of Pride and Prejudice. Many of the unmarried characters in the story, including men like Mr. Darcy, feel some kind of…

Tea Time at Reverie: Golden Tips’ Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea

When the package of samples from Golden Tips Tea first arrived, I was thrilled to find some Darjeeling teas inside. Though Darjeelings aren’t as well-known as Assam teas, they’re considered some of the finest in the world. In fact, Darjeeling black tea is nicknamed the “Champagne of Teas” because of its distinct aroma and flavor…

Tea Time at Reverie: Tea Maineia’s Cold Comfort Herbal Blend

During a recent trip to Maine, I visited Tea Maineia in Winterport, about 25 minutes south of Bangor. What a charming place! Not only does Tea Maineia carry a wide variety of teas (black, oolong, green, white, and herbal / rooibos), but it also sells teapots, mugs, and locally made condiments and other foods that pair well with…

Tea Time at Reverie: Inspired By Jane’s Donwell Abbey Black Tea

“It was a sweet view—sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under a sun bright, without being oppressive.” – Jane Austen, “Emma” I confess that Emma is one of the few Jane Austen novels I haven’t read. But when Inspired By Jane asked which tea samples I’d like…

Tea Time at Reverie: Whispering Pines Tea Company’s Rivendell Tea

“Shadows had fallen in the valley below, but there was still a light on the faces of the mountains far above. The air was warm. The sound of running and falling water was loud, and the evening was filled with a faint scent of trees and flowers, as if summer still lingered in Elrond’s gardens.”…

Tea Time at Reverie: Sweet Jane Bennet from Bingley’s Teas

“Oh! You are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in your life.” Elizabeth Bennet to Jane Bennet, in Jane Austen’s “Pride and…

Tea Time at Reverie: Teasenz’s Ali Shan Milky Oolong Tea

Awwww, we’re down to our final Teasenz sample! I’ve really enjoyed trying this Chinese vendor’s selections over the past year. Each has been of superb quality, to the point that I know I’ll be a customer in the future. 😉 So, what have I saved for last from Teasenz? Ali Shan Milky Oolong. (Yes, the name…