Bird & Blend Tea Co.Edit Company
Popular Teas from Bird & Blend Tea Co.See All 408 Teas
Recent Tasting Notes
Time for a caffeine-free selection! Still making my way through this Bird & Blend packet backlog – I’m not sure if this is from the subscription or one of many samples I bought at some point. This smells lovely in the bag, very apple crumble!
I’m actually surprised how much I like this, since I’m quite picky about red rooibos tisanes. I don’t even mind the small amount of hibiscus! The flavor is a little thin, as always with fruit-based tisanes. But it has a nice cooked-yet-tart apple flavor and the perfect amount of cinnamon to complement it. I don’t feel the hibiscus is needed, but at least it doesn’t overstep its bounds, as it is wont to do. There’s not explicitly a pastry flavor, but it does go to a nice apple crumble sort of place.
I’ll have to consider this one for a restock when I get around to ordering from B&B again. It’s always nice to have more caffeine-free options! :)
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Red Apple, Sweet, Tart, Wood
I assume this much have been from the subscription box, as I am not a huge fan of coconut so I can’t imagine ordering this blend. There are huge flakes of unsweetened coconut in it, so naturally I was nervous about not knowing how old the pouch is. But generally it’s very obvious from the smell when coconut has gone rancid, and fortunately this smells perfectly pleasant.
As a coconut tolerator, and not a coconut lover, I’m pleasantly surprised that the coconut is fairly light here, just a supporting flavor. The milk oolong is fairly basic, without much depth to it, but it’s still a pleasant combination. There are mild grassy, leafy notes and of course a smooth creamy flavor. At the tail end of the sip, a light peachy note emerges, and it remains in the aftertaste.
It’s not complex, but nice enough to sip on in the evening. The light coconut flavor melds nicely with the creamy oolong for a decadent tea.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Grass, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Thick
I have a drawer full of old Bird & Blend subscription packs. I just signed up for it again, so I’d better get cracking on drinking them! I love grapefruit and this smelled amazing in the pouch, so I pulled this one out to try.
It’s pretty good. The grapefruit flavor is nice and tastes accurate to me. But what keeps it from being amazing is a little too much hibiscus. I can appreciate that hibiscus makes sense here, since grapefruit is sour, but I would like this blend a lot more if there was about half the amount. And the green tea is a little pointless, I can’t taste it at all, but I suppose they need a base for the flavoring.
Still tasty enough though!
Flavors: Grapefruit, Hibiscus, Lemon, Tart
I normally don’t make caffeinated tea in the evening, but this just sounded so much like what I wanted (an apple-flavored genmaicha) that I gave in. My sampler is ridiculously old (seriously, what tea do I own that isn’t at this point?) but still sealed, so hoping it isn’t totally trash green tea at this point. If it is, there is always cold brew, I suppose…
The aroma mostly smells like the nutty, toasted rice aroma of the genmai, though I am picking up a wiff of cinnamon as well. The flavor… hmm. I can taste notes of apple, cinnamon, and possibly if I squint some clove, but the flavors are quite light/delicate. Mostly, the roasty genmai is taking such a strong center stage its drowning out those other flavors. Not sure if its just the age of the tea, the fact I tend to go pretty leaf-light on greens to avoid bitterness, or if the blend is always like this. The sampler is large so at least I can experiment with more leaf than I typically use for greens and see if that brings out the apple more… but honestly, I just imagine that then I would get more genmai into the scoop and probably end up with about the same sort of flavor.
This is a wonderful concept… the apple just needs to be much stronger. I can taste it, and I’m tasting it just enough to want so much more of it combining with the warm comfort of toasty genmaicha. It isn’t quite what I was hoping for, but still warm, soothing, and satisfying on an autumn evening as my pure black cat does her best corpse impression in front of the oil heater. I’d go check if she is actually still alive, except that I can hear her snoring across the room.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Grass, Smooth, Toasted Rice, Toasty
My caffeine-free selection for the evening. This is from my giant backlog of Bird & Blend subscription packets that I never drank… ^^’
I’m not a huge fruit tisane person, I find they tend to taste the same and there’s usually too much hibiscus involved for my liking. This one smells luscious and strawberry & creamy in the bag.
This is a decent fruit tisane, but nothing special. There’s a generic tart fruity flavor to it, I think I can pick out pomegranate and strawberry but I might not have been able to if I hadn’t already known they were there. It’s a little bit too tart in my opinion, which just furthers the generic quality. I’m not getting any cream, though it would be hard-pressed to stand up to hibiscus. There’s a hint of bitterness in some sips.
I suppose a touch of sugar would probably help this one, but I’m not in the habit of sweetening teas so I’m drinking it plain. I’ll probably try a cold brew for the rest of the bag, though I haven’t been drinking much iced tea lately.
Not going to rate this, as fruit tisanes really aren’t my thing…
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Hibiscus, Sour, Strawberry, Tart
Another night, another smoothie matcha! And the name for this one seemed so seasonly appropriate, heh.
I whisked this one in water instead of milk, and this is the first B&B matcha-matcha that I had texture problems with (now I wish I had used milk… maybe the separation/texture problems wouldn’t have been so bad? Usually I do make them as lattes, but I only have vanilla oat milk at the moment and just didn’t think that would suit a spearmint drink…). No matter how much I whisked, it just kept coming up with that grittiness I find most unpleasant. But the flavor was great! Very spearmint forward, with a vegetal note that edges a little more herbaceous than the “typical” matcha vegetal flavor. It’s very subtle though, because the mint is strong! I sampled the drink at least ten minutes ago and am still feeling that cooling menthol minty aftertaste on the back of my throat.
As per usual, after initial taste-testing the cup o’ matcha went into the blender for caffeinated morning smoothie goodness tomorrow morning. I decided to go with a “mojito” vibe so I added mango and lime juice. Initial sample before going in the fridge? Pleasantly tart citrus and the mint is still holding strong! Nailed it. I’ll definitely be looking forward to that one in the morning!
Flavors: Herbaceous, Menthol, Mint, Spearmint, Vegetal
I was really interested in this one since I have recently discovered violet tea (I’m a fan!) and lavender-flavored matcha is one of my favorite things ever. So I was highly curious about a violet matcha… shame B&B has already discontinued this one, but they still had old stock on the VIP page so I grabbed a sample to try during their last big sale.
I whisked this using the last of my coconut milk (I like lavender and coconut as a flavor pairing, not sure how violet will pair but since I needed to finish off the carton, I was willing to take that chance!) I like the floral flavor I’m getting, but… it’s a bit bitter. Not that bitter taste matcha itself can have, so I don’t know if its the sort of bitterness I sometimes get from going too heavy or too long with lavender buds, or if it’s just the cardamom… and I’m tempted to say it’s the cardamom. I like cardamom, but I just don’t think I like it here, paired with this flavor, like it isn’t sitting on my tongue right and leaving a spicy bitterness when I am wanting/expecting a sweet, floral cup. I am curious what this would’ve tasted like if it didn’t have the cardamom included in the powder… I think I probably would’ve preferred it that way.
No texture issues this time, but this one had a matcha base (with the B&B non-matcha powders, I seem to be getting some weird texture issues). Put the rest of my latte into a berry smoothie for tomorrow’s breakfast. Gave it a quick taste-test, and the flavor of the matcha is holding quite strong; and I still really like the floral, and really don’t like the added spice with it.
It came close for me, but didn’t quite get there…
Flavors: Bitter, Cardamon, Floral, Violet
A new tea powder from Bird & Blend I haven’t tried yet! I whisked it in coconut milk as a) that seemed appropriate and b) I really need to finish off this carton before it goes off.
The drink is very sweet, and I’m not sure how much of that is from the tea powder (coconut nectar sugar) and how much is from my coconut milk. Obviously I taste coconut (I mean… the milk) but oddly enough, the main flavor I’m getting from the powder itself is a guava/pear sort of taste. I see it is made with “Baobab fruit pulp” and “lucuma”, two things my uncultured tongue has never had before. A little research tells me baobab can be “citrusy”, “tangy pear”, or “sour mango”… I’m not really tasting citrus (wonder if the sweetness is countering the tang?) but maybe that is the tropical pear note I’m getting? Lucuma is also apparently very sweet! But I was expecting pinapple, because… pina colada! And I’m not tasting pinapple. It does taste tropical, but I’m still a little disappointed. The texture is also a bit chalky/grainy, which I also experienced with B&B’s rooibos-base tea powder, so I’m wondering if this something I’m going to consistently experience with their “not-matcha” powders. I don’t recall having this issue with any of their matcha base powders…
After sampling, I put the latte into a mango smoothie and blended it up. That takes care of the texture issues, at least! Oddly enough, I am finding more citrus notes popping in the smoothie (a tangy lemon?), but I still taste that “tropical pear” flavor, and am not tasting pineapple, which is what I was really hoping for.
Flavors: Citrus, Guava, Lemon, Pear, Sweet, Tangy, Tropical
I had cancelled my B&B subscription for awhile, but decided to renew this month after I saw the lists of teas that would be included October-December.
I actually didn’t realize sloe gin was a thing, and had to do some research. Always love learning new things through tea!
As for the tea- love! It’s nice and smoky, but the elderberry is still the most dominant flavor. There’s a bit of ginger peeking through as well. The smokiness and bold berry work so well together.
This definitely has some similarities to their key lime pie flavor which is one of those rare lime teas that I enjoyed. I think this tastes…pretty good? I mean it’s blueberry plus key lime, executed well. In some sips I don’t absolutely love what I’m tasting, but that might be personal preference as I would have preferred it to be mostly blueberry with a hint of key lime, whereas this mix is more like 70% lime, 30% blueberry. I wouldn’t buy this again, but it’s nice to have a variety of fruit blends around.
I purchased this tea a couple weeks ago, but don’t see any info for it on their site now. :/ It’s supposed to be a lapsang/chili mix. I love the name. It’s definitely lapsang, but I’m left waiting in vain for any bang. It’s just a nice lapsang with no chili in sight. I feel chili cheated!
After opening the zip bag my first impression is that this blend just looks very esthetic – dark pu’erh, black tea plus lightly roasted coffee beans create a great visual effect. And it smells nice when dry, a balanced mixture of all the ingredients.
When steeped, it is very dark (obviously), with a mellow, balanced aroma, not dominated by coffee.
It is slightly sweet, slightly roasted, with malty and earthy notes from tea. Here the coffee also doesn’t dominate, blends very well in the overall impression.
Nice experience, on the middle ground between tea and coffee, with the best of both worlds.
Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Malt, Sweat
I had tried cold brewing tea directly in milk once, and it ended very badly. Decided to give it another try using this tea. I used twice the amount of leaf that I would’ve used if I were brewing it with water, and left it steeping in the fridge in vanilla oat milk for at least 24 hours.
I feel the flavor still isn’t quite as strong as I’d prefer, but I am pleasantly surprised that I am getting a “biscuity” note from the tea. I really love McVities Dark Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, and while it isn’t particularly as chocolately as I’d like, I am actually tasting something (perhaps caused from the spices?) that is reminding me of that graham-like biscuit cookie. The milk smells very chocolately, and perhaps if I was using plain oat milk (which I never buy, as I like the sweetness from the vanilla kind!) it would’ve “popped” a little more. It is delightfully creamy and certainly easy to drink, but I plan to use it to make a chocolate raspberry smoothie.
Made as a plain cuppa, I’m surprised to find the milk actually wasn’t changing the flavor much for me. I’m still only getting a very mellow impression of chocolate, but a strong graham/biscuity note. There is a subtle cocoa presence to the flavor, but I’m still surprised how much this does taste like the hard biscuit cookie under the chocolate frosting of my McVities digestive biscuits. It’s a very nice Biscuit/Digestive tea, I am just not getting the chocolate part of “Chocolate Digestives”… but I guess that could be my complaint for a lot of teas. Even with cocoa shells (which this tea does have) it seems that chocolate flavor hides from me a lot!
Flavors: Cocoa, Cookie, Graham, Smooth, Spices
Straight from the zip bag, there’s a lot of smoke in the aroma, the burnt pine twigs kind, plus a suggestion of the full body.
After steeping the smokiness mellows a little, blending into malty and earthy background.
The taste is much more mellow than the classic lapsang souchong, plus it has some great resinous notes from the pine-smoking, slight fruity character in the background and medium astringency.
Great tea with a casual level of smokiness.
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Malt, Pine, Resin, Smoke, Wood
Very interesting aroma after opening the zip bag. Wet earth, autumn leaves, impression of smokiness, a bit of caramel.
After steeping the aroma is very malty, with bread crust notes.
And very rich, malty taste, with slight sweetness and lot astringency.
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Malt, Smoke, Wet Earth
A solid blend of good quality teas. I can sense maltiness, roasted potatoes, slight astringency, slight bitter notes, a bit of grapefruit peel essential oils.
For those who want more than just a casual blend of black teas.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Malt, Potato, Roasted
After opening the zip-bag you can only smell the bergamot oil.
After steeping the aroma is mellow, with only a bit of bergamot plus malt, a bit of sweetness.
But it’s the taste that reveals the complexity of this blend. Three kinds of the black tea complement each other really well, creating a rich effect, only slightly enhanced with the bergamot oil
I don’t add sugar to my teas and I very rarely use milk, but I guess this blend would go well with both these things.
Flavors: Bergamot, Malt
Wonderful aroma from the zip bag – just like a very high quality pipe tobacco. A hint of smoke (much lower than in the pure lapsang souchong), caramel, toffee, dried apples.
Very rich, complex aroma after steeping, with mellow smokiness, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, fruit pie and burnt twigs.
And the taste? Slight sweetness that really complements the rest, smoke, maltiness, earthiness of the good base black tea.
That’s exactly my kind of a flavoured black tea. I would like some more of the smoke character, but it’s still great.
Flavors: Apple, Ash, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Earth, Fruity, Malt, Smoke, Tobacco, Toffee
First of all, this blend looks so pretty – green tea mixed with dried apple cubes and blackberry pieces.
Out of the zip bag it smells herbal and fruity. Nice but not overly spectacular.
Brews into a pale color, obviously.
After brewing it smells mainly with apples, but more in the baked apple than cider way., plus some herbal and leafy notes.
The taste fits perfectly to the current first days of autumn: dried apples, a bit of base green tea in the background. I could use some more tea character, but it’s not bad.
Flavors: Apple, Autumn Leaf Pile, Berries, Dried Fruit, Herbs
Very strong aroma after opening the zip bag with a lot of bergamot, strong floral accents, a bit of vanilla and woody, ashen undertones.
After steeping it is much more mellow, malty, earthy, with only traces of those aromas present in the dry form.
And the taste is also very mellow, full-bodied, with very slight astringency.
I like this tea. It’s a mellower version of the classic Earl Grey, perfect to sip while reading, not overdone with the bergamot oil.
Flavors: Ash, Bergamot, Earth, Flowers, Malt, Vanilla, Wood
(Thanks to Martin for sending!) Brewed for 3 minutes in a makeshift gaiwan while attempting to watch the presidential debate. Flavors and smells may be affected by how disoriented I am by Trump’s blabbering, it was nice to have a hot cup of tea to stabilize myself. I notice a strong peach smell and sour peach taste. The rose smell blends strangely with the peach. Rose always tastes a little soap-y to me so it might be different for other people. A very different-tasting tea overall, not my favorite, but might try it with milk and sugar and see how it tastes later :)
Flavors: Peach, Rose, Sour
I ordered this tea because the list of ingredients sounded unique. Unfortunately, during my first cup with only sugar added, I really, really didn’t like it. It’s an unpleasant flavor, and it’s so strong. The pineapple is super acidic and the chilli is harsh and not great in tea. Those are the only two flavors, and they’re way too much. With milk, it tastes fine, but then it’s basically just spicy milk with a bit of pineapple. So it’s perfectly fine to drink like that, but it feels like it could be accomplished another, better way. I was considering getting rid of it, but since it’s fine with milk added, I guess I’ll keep it, but certainly not repurchase.