I often talk about my love of tea and how I drink several cups a day. London Fog Lattes are a particular concoction I've been enjoying lately. This drink is also known as an Earl Grey Tea Latte since it's made with Earl Grey Tea. I didn't think this drink could get any better until I recently tried it with the Mindful Morning Black Tea from Plum Deluxe. This fresh take on Earl Grey is a 100% organic tea blend that features cream black tea, orange peels, blue cornflowers, bergamot oil and vanilla essence. It not only smells heavenly (like I wouldn't mind wearing it as a fragrance) but it may also be one of the prettiest looking teas I've ever seen.
I've been asked how I make my London Fog Latte so I'm sharing my recipe here.
London Fog Latte Recipe
8 oz. hot water
1 - 2 tsp. or teabag of Earl Grey Tea
4 oz. milk of your choice (I like 2 oz. of coconut milk + 2 oz. of organic half &half)
1/2 tsp. vanilla syrup or vanilla extract (I prefer the latter.)
Sweetener of your choice (I personally use 4 tsp. organic coconut sugar in mine.)
1. Bring your water to a full boil.
2. Pour into cup and steep the tea for 3 - 5 minutes.
3. Strain the tea leaves out or remove the tea bag.
4. Heat your milk in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat or microwave but don't boil it.
5. Whisk the milk until it's frothy. I use an Aerolatte steam free frother which is so handy.
6. Add the milk to the tea and stir in vanilla.
7. Sweeten to taste.
If you like Earl Grey tea, this is a lovely way to enjoy it's flavors and I highly recommend trying Plum Deluxe's Mindful Morning Blend. It's really excellent.
Andy from Plum Deluxe also sent along the Portland Rose City Chai for me to try. This is a blend of black tea, almond rooibos, oregon rose petals, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass, blackberry essence. This tea is inspired by the company's home base of Portland, Oregon. It is a unique infusion of floral and spice that I found quite pleasant and soothing and it's also an eye pleaser.
Tea has so many wonderful health benefits including helping with mental alertness, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes as well as encouraging weight loss and lowering cholesterol. All of Plum Deluxe's teas which are created in small batches are organic and fair trade blends that are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan and sulfite-free. They offer a range limited edition seasonal blends along with their signature tea blends and there is a good variety of something for everyone. They also have a Tea of the Month Club that allows tea lovers to continually experience a series of their handcrafted artisanal tea blends.
The mindful philosophy and passion behind Plum Deluxe is something to appreciate as well. Andy Hayes started blogging after losing his mom Pam to a 6-year battle with breast cancer as a way to honor and share the life lessons he learned from her. He began blending his own teas with an intention to engage and inspire people to slow down, connect and savor all those special moments in life no matter how big or small.
To learn more about Plum Deluxe, visit their website. They currently ship only within the United States though they do have plans of expanding to Canada and Europe.
Are you a tea drinker? What are some of your favorite teas?
Disclosure: Complimentary teas were provided to me for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.