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Nope, too much lavender for me. XD

It does have a nice creamiscle-y citrus & cream flavor profile, but there’s also a strong lavender presence. Which makes it a little too soapy for me.

Oh well, into the rehoming box!

Flavors: Creamy, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Soap, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

I will take it :D

gmathis

Lavender is a dangerous ingredient: it’s way too easy to over-lav.

Mastress Alita

I love this tea!

Cameron B.

@gmathis – I’m more sensitive to it than most I think, but I still like to try some lavender teas occasionally just to see. :P

Evol Ving Ness

I love lavender and I seem to like it more and more with time. It’s fascinating to me how different we are in terms of tastes, flavours, preferences, and sensitivities. Gmathis, over-lav—you crack me up.

CrowKettle

Over-lav! Love it :D

Lavender used to nauseate me to such a degree as a child that I gave my poor grandma grief (with “swooning” lord) every time we sat out on her patio during the summer (she had the most prolific plant). Now I can’t get enough of it in everything and everywhere (love, love Moondrop Dreams) – so I’m familiar with both of these reactions, lol.

Evol Ving Ness

With swooning yet. Oh dear.

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drank Red Velvet by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
1251 tasting notes

I never see B&B blends in the Reddit TTBs, so I was really excited to see this one and brew some up. It’s okay! B&B chocolate teas are never as amazing as I want them to be, but with some milk and sugar, it’s a quite a pink, desserty cup. There’s a tiny bit of earthiness from the beet and a little thin chocolate. It was much better hot. Once it cooled, the earthier, more negative flavors took over, and I really wasn’t a fan.

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This is a fairly tasty one.

Like most chocolate and mint teas, the mint far outweighs the chocolate for me. The peppermint is the strongest note here, and it has a strong herbaceous quality that’s not quite wet rag-like but in that same area. Next is the rooibos, adding its woody notes. The cacao is quite subtle, though I do taste little hints of dark chocolate. I will say I’m thankful it’s just cacao here and not chocolate flavoring, which I don’t tend to enjoy.

I guess it makes sense for a mint chocolate ice cream sort of profile, with mostly mint and just an accent of dark chocolate. But I would like this much better if the two flavors were more balanced, as it ends up mostly tasting like a plain peppermint tisane.

Flavors: Cacao, Dark Chocolate, Herbaceous, Mint, Musty, Peppermint, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

The only mint/rooibos combo I have ever liked is Adagio’s Foxtrot. They’re just too disparate to play together nicely.

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I loved the Mayan chocolate chai from 52teas, so I was excited to try this tea with a similar flavor profile. Compared with my memory of that one, this one is a little muted. I taste the chai inspiration, and I also taste a little chocolate, but it’s certainly more in a tea way than in a hot chocolate way. The spiciness definitely comes out more like a hot pepper than usual chai spices, which is fun. I just wish the flavoring were stronger, and as always, it could use more cocoa shells! I want more of everything from this tea.

AJRimmer

Ha, I just realized that I actually do have a small package of cocoa shells! Whoops!

tea-sipper

Oh they best not have changed the recipe on this one too…

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I was dubious about this one because it has so few ingredients, but I figured I’d give it a try anyway. I’m glad I did, because this is a lovely chocolate tea. The cocoa shells are delicious, and the mint is fresh. With milk, it reminds me of a tasty Smith’s mint hot chocolate I tried a few years ago. The resteep tastes mostly like chicory, so I may skip it in the future. But this first steep is more satisfying and delicious than I would have believed were possible! My only comment is I wish the ratio of cocoa shells to mint were higher, because in some cups, it tastes much too minty and less chocolatey. I really need to order myself those cocoa shells I’ve been talking about for years!

tea-sipper

Simpson & Vail – 2 ounces for $1.10!

Martin Bednář

My first impression wasn’t that pleasant, but I feel I did not had enough cocoa shells there that time.

AJRimmer

That’s definitely where I’ll get them! I’m just waiting to have a slightly smaller tea stash so I can justify a whole S&V order!

Evol Ving Ness

Haha, wishful thinking (for many of us).

AJRimmer

So true, especially during this time of year with so many sales!

Evol Ving Ness

And we haven’t even gotten to Black Friday! I will likely be all spent out by then. (ok, not likely but certainly.)

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Oh, yum. After being disappointed by Bird & Blend’s Birthday Cake tea, I was worried that this one would also fail to impress. Instead, I’m loving it!

Dry, the aroma is actually a bit odd—not particularly fruity, and with a strange, almost chemical after-scent. (Maybe it’s just my bag?) It’s a gorgeous, colorful blend, though, with bright red freeze-dried raspberries, black Ceylon tea leaves, and attractive pale green dried raspberry leaves. I’m not seeing the coconut, but it must be in there somewhere!

Steeped, this tea is just lovely. It smells of creamy raspberry and tastes just the same. I love that it’s not overwhelmingly flavored but instead is light and jammy and smooth. There’s barely any tartness, surprisingly. As it cools, more of the coconut comes through, but as a barely-there note rather than anything overwhelming; I think it just adds a nice background creaminess. I’m also noticing a little more tartness as it cools.

I’m really wishing I bought 50g of this one and not Birthday Cake! I’m just loving this one.

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Fruity, Raspberry, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I find this one can be a bit temperamental to steep up on occasion but when its on point the flavour is great! One of my favourites from B&B :)

Kelmishka

I must’ve been lucky to get it right on the first try! I hope the next few steeps are just as enjoyable. :)

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I treated myself to the Bird & Blend Advent calendar and threw in a few other packets of tea when I made the purchase; the brand is new to me and I was excited to try a few things. My order arrived today (yay!), and although I’m obviously waiting until December to open the calendar, I steeped the Birthday Cake blend for my afternoon cuppa.

Color me disappointed. Although the dry leaf smells powerfully (and impressively!) like a rich vanilla cake, the tea itself is just… rooibos and not much else. I truly don’t understand how others taste vanilla, marzipan, almond, etc. Smell, yes; taste, no. If you served me this tea and told me it was plain rooibos, I’d 100% believe you. It’s a shame, too, because it’s such a cute concept, and I love that the sprinkles are vegan—that’s rare! I maaaybe get a little vanilla creaminess as it cools, but that’s pretty much it. :(

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Marzipan, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

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Not a fan of this.

Despite there being coconut and cinnamon in the loose leaf, this is essentially just an amaretto/almond extract flavored rooibos. And I find myself not enjoying that flavor in teas anymore, I just find it so cloying and almost medicinal. There is a hint of cinnamon as well, but mostly it’s amaretto overload.

Putting the rest of the pouch aside to rehome…

Flavors: Almond, Amaretto, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AJRimmer

Aw that’s too bad! This is one I’ve reordered from B&B!

Cameron B.

I’m sure someone who likes almond extract type flavoring in teas would enjoy it! Which is why I didn’t feel comfortable giving it a rating since it’s a personal bias ha ha.

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Finished off a random packet of this that was included as a freebie when one of my orders got lost on its way over the pond and needed to be replaced.

It’s good but I feel like it needs a bit more of something. All of the flavors are quite light, and the overall taste is almost a bit bland. Mostly I’m getting a fairly authentic peach with some nice creaminess. I don’t taste anything resembling pastry. Ceylon base is a bit too metallic for my tastes, but it’s not bad.

So perhaps a bit too subtle on the flavoring for me. And more of a peaches & cream tea versus a peach cobbler IMO.

Flavors: Cream, Metallic, Peach, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Pulled this as my next nightly herbal to sip down, as this is so old it is still in Bluebird Tea Co. packaging. The fillable teabag steeping in my cup smells lovely; a sugary-sweet cinnamon note, candied nut, apples, and just a slight wiff of nutmeg.

Tastes really lovely. Sweet spices and a lot of honeyed nut notes, which are probably enhanced by the rooibos base. I get a little vanilla but it needs to be stronger, to really get that sort of cream cheese frosting note. The carrot flakes don’t really add that certain rooty flavor you’d get from actual carrot cake, it does have spot on sweetness and spices. I think the next time I’ll make it as a latte with vanilla almond milk, to push the creaminess/vanilla more.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Nutmeg, Nutty, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Pear Cider by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
1251 tasting notes

The pear flavoring used here strongly reminds me of S&V’s Sunny Afternoon. It’s sometimes a little too fake tasting to me, and it’s also a bit floral, but it still makes a pretty refreshing cold cup of tea. Nothing about it is at all ciderish, so the name choice is a little strange. It’s a light tea, and you can definitely tell it’s pear, but I wish that flavoring could be a little more natural.

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I’ve been curious about this one for a long time, and I finally ordered some during the last sale. The peach flavor could be stronger. It has a lovely creamy quality to it, more like a peach mousse than a cobbler. I don’t notice anything bready about it, but I love that creaminess. If the flavors were amped up, I’d love this tea. As it is, I enjoy it, but the flavors are a little too overshadowed by the black tea. And the black tea itself is the usual sort of average black tea B&B uses – not bad, just unremarkable.

tea-sipper

Oooohh, you’re right — it is definitely more like a peach mousse than cobbler, which is interesting.

AJRimmer

Yeah, I thought it was a fun twist on a pretty common flavor profile!

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The first time I had this, it was pretty tart. The second time I made it, I did a shorter steep, which definitely improved things. It doesn’t taste like any particular fruit – just general red fruitiness, but a little thinner than other teas. That’s not a bad thing in this tea, as it helps it stay a little lighter. I think the lemongrass is a good addition. I’ll probably make it into big pitchers to keep in the fridge since it’s not too special. I like to do a cold resteep of the leaves, and honestly, that second steep is tastier and more complex than the first!

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I don’t know about this one. I love the hazelnut/chocolate combo, but I don’t think this quite nails it for me. It’s also now tasting rather stale, even though it actually has a best before date listed on the package of Jan 28 2022. Surprising, considering I have much older teas that are just fine…

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Not very impressed by this one. I get an earthy base with some coffee, but that’s about it. Supposedly there’s vanilla in here as well, but I don’t taste it at all. Which is a shame, because I think this could really use some sweetness or creaminess or something.

It’s just coming off as very one-dimensional to me. Meh!

Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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For some reason, I expected this to be a black tea. Not sure why that is, but needless to say, I was slightly surprised when I steeped it up.

It’s not bad though, for a hibiscus-y fruit tisane. The fruit and hibiscus are well-balanced, with just enough tartness. The spicing is fairly mild but present, though I mostly just get cardamom.

Anyway, I like it better than other similar “mulled wine” sort of teas I’ve tried before. I’m not a fruit tisane lover, but this would be nice to have around for the holiday season.

Flavors: Apple, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Spices, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Goodness, this is certainly bold. It reminds me of PG Tips. Malty, full-bodied, strong. Takes approximately three days for my kidneys to process and recover.

Flavors: Malt

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Another tea I have been avoiding drinking. But, I’m sick and I thought a nice citrusy tea would be nice. This is not the nice citrusy tea I wanted. It doesn’t have any stevia on the ingredient list, but it sure tastes like it. The citrus is boring and forgettable. Meh.

ashmanra

Sorry you are sick! I hope it passes quickly!

Lexie Aleah

Hope you feel better soon!

Martin Bednář

Get better soon!

amandastory516

Thanks everyone! Thankfully it’s just a cold, so nothing too serious. Lots of tea is helping!

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A miss for me, but… for visual it gets A mark.

Flavour was weird. It was like washed out hibiscus tea with white tea light notes. I noticed a bit of tartness, but no fruits at all. The base was present, but quite lightly.

Was it like cotton candy? Not much. Maybe in color…

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I felt like a stovetop chai, so I pulled this one out to make. I started with the recommended two heaping teaspoons per 8 ounces of milk. Not sure whether they mean measuring teaspoons or regular kitchen spoons? I assumed measuring teaspoons as that’s how tea is generally measured. I heated it over medium heat and simmered it a bit, then decided the color was too light and added another two teaspoons of tea.

So… This came out weirdly savory with no sweetness at all? I don’t know if I didn’t use enough tea, so that’s why I’m not tasting the honey? It almost reminds me of some kind of pumpkin soup but without the sweetness. I ended up stirring in some additional honey to get some sweetness, which helped, but it was still a rather bizarre cup of chai. Spice-wise, I was getting a lot of fennel, maybe that’s why it went to such a savory place?

Clearly I need more practice preparing this tea, ha ha…

Flavors: Anise, Butternut Squash, Cardamom, Fennel, Pumpkin, Savory

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So after making a somewhat successful hot latte with this tea yesterday, I thought I would try cold steeping my remaining pouch in some water and milk overnight. I’ve never tried this approach before, but I’ve heard of other people doing it and figured I would give it a go.

Well, after steeping for almost a day, the tea didn’t have much color. I tasted a bit and it had some of the flavor of the spices but not much else. So I ended up dumping everything into a saucepan and heating it on the stovetop for a few minutes to allow the tea and coffee beans to properly infuse.

It came out tasty! The ginger and cardamom are more prominent than usual, probably because they had ample time to infuse in the refrigerator. I do get a bit of the coffee and chocolate, though they are outweighed by the spices. But it’s a lovely mug of stovetop chai in the end!

If I were more of a chai lover, I would consider ordering this one. As it stands, I almost never drink chai, so I’m not likely to buy more of this for now.

Flavors: Cacao, Cardamom, Coffee, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 20 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Finally trying this tea from the last B&B subscription package I got, which I think was in July?

It’s not bad. I think I was expecting a bit more from the added flavors. I definitely get the coffee, but I’m missing the chocolate and the vanilla a bit. Perhaps a hint of creaminess from the vanilla? But mostly, it’s cardamom and coffee for me.

So it’s not wow-ing me, but I feel like it would make a very tasty latte… Next time!

Flavors: Cardamom, Coffee, Creamy, Roasted, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Requested this as a sample in my recent Bird & Blend order, and was kindly given a 20g bag. I love marzipan/amaretto/almond teas, so I was surprised that I hadn’t tried it yet. I found it to be a bit of a letdown. The nutty, almond flavor tastes synthetic and isn’t all that pleasing.

Lexie Aleah

They did the same for me with Bonfire Toffee a month or two ago!

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