Midnight Melange Black Tea from Plum Deluxe

Hello, tea fans! It’s time, once again, for a new tea.

Today’s offering comes from Plum Deluxe’s “magical” tea-of-the-month club. They send out a special tea every month and then read the tea leaves.

This is an unexpected and cute practice, so I shouldn’t’ve been so surprised at how unexpected and cute this tea was. This black tea has lemon, hibiscus, rose, and vanilla. I never would have thought to combine them, but it’s delicious. Like, really really good.

The “Midnight Melange” isn’t available on their site any more, but this Reading Nook Blend is similar. You could just add a drop of lemon from one of those plastic squeezy things, and boom! There you are!

As I sip this, I keep going back to the tea leaf thing. That’s so cool. I am kicking myself for not looking at their post before making mine. I would have totally loose-leafed this if I had known.

So I did the next best thing: I dumped the contents of my gravity steeper onto a piece of paper and photographed it. (My office? Exactly the mess you think it is.) I dropped it into Photoshop and, a few clicks later: here’s a Rorschach test.

What is it?

Obviously a butterfly.


(Original Artwork Provided by Super Starling)

Google tells me that butterflies mean “Inspiration, intuition, higher consciousness, transformation, resurrection, flashes of insight, power of beauty, strength in vulnerability.”

How inspiring is that? I love it.

I never would have thought to do this crazy experiment without Midnight Melange. Thanks, Plum Deluxe.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to clean all this up.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe

This tea is no longer available but these are!


"Hey, everybody! I'm Leah, a graphic designer from Pennsylvania, United States. I live with my husband and rescue mutt in a house with colorful walls. I love fonts, colors, animals, flowers, novels, illustration, geeking out, and -- obviously! -- tea. I've only been heavily into tea for about a year, but I've found I tend to prefer loose blended black dessert teas. I normally drink them hot western style without anything added; if I add in some vanilla almond milk or honey, I promise I'll mention it! When I'm not blogging here, I'm blogging at leahlucci.com/starling or posting to Instagram (super_starling), so come say hi!"

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