Bluebird Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

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Another sample from KittyLovesTea! Thank you! This just might be my favorite green or white from Bluebird. The dry blend kind of brings peace in itself it is so nice looking- yeah, tea nerd here. I mostly smell spearmint in the dry blend. The flavor is lovely, mostly spearmint and super sweet jasmine from the actual jasmine buds in the blend. The green or white teas aren’t terribly noticeable so everything must be blending nicely! Very refreshing and the name is fitting. A great combination! My Bluebird order COULD be ridiculous.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after // 3 min

Flavors: Jasmine, Spearmint

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I received this one from KittyLovesTea a while back! Thanks so much! This one seems inspired. A fruity spicy blend… first sips remind me of a fruity chutney of some kind. I’m always thinking of chutney but I’ve never been able to try any! Right away, the scent of the coconut does seem a little old. I think Bluebird should stop using the coconut because this is the second tea I’ve had from them today where the coconut wasn’t fresh enough. No fault of theirs, but I like treasuring the good teas and coconut seems to go bad fast. Otherwise, I can smell something like apple which is in the flavor and some other fruits. There is also some chili powder that adds some heat… the perfect amount of spice in the two teaspoons I used for this cup. I didn’t really notice much flavor from the typical chai spices. The rooibos isn’t the tiny throat busting kind, so everything else in the blend is more noticeable. The second steep had nice flavor too. A fruity spicy cup is very unique and this one is tasty!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 10+ min

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drank Ankara Apple by Bluebird Tea Co.
720 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is an apple flavored chai, and it’s a really fun tea. Lots of flavors going on, but what I love the most is that there’s sage in this tea, and it works really well. I think I’ve only has sage in one or two teas, and both times it just seemed wrong. In this tea, however, it works. The spice blend does overpower the apple flavor at points, but then the apple makes a reappearance in the next sip. A fun little tea. Something I think I’d enjoy as a seasonal tea come late October and into November.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

So VariaTEA gave me some teas we split as well as a ton of awesome samples and I’m up at 154 teas now, but that’s cool. I’m very excited to try everything.

This one was good but too much chilli. Just, too much chili. Otherwise it’s very good, and thanks!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome! Glad you (sorta) enjoyed it.

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drank Morning Kick by Bluebird Tea Co.
1371 tasting notes

I think this is the last tea I have to try that MissB sent me a while back. Once again, thanks so much! I promise not to order any more teas for the rest of the year … except for Bluebird towards the end of the year. This one looks like it’s mostly lemongrass though it’s supposed to be yerba mate. There is plenty of lemon flavor, I think from the verbena. I love the flavor from lemon verbena! I would have like some more yerba mate… I couldn’t really taste any at all. Not bad, but not my favorite from Bluebird.
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank Coco Chai No.5 by Bluebird Tea Co.
373 tasting notes

The cloves, cardamon, ginger, pepper and coconut are all apparent in the scent of this tea, with the first three being the most dominant. At first sip, the spicing seems pretty mild. The base tea is smooth, with sharp fruit and malt, and seems to overpower the spice. The spice is there in that I can feel the cooling sensation on my tongue, but outside of a with of cardamon I can’t really taste them. This could be because of several reasons, the first being that this is an old sample sachet, the second is that the spicing is purposefully mild, or it could simply be that the base tea does not work well in this concept. If it is designed this way it fits with the Indian stereotype of British descended tourists in which we are all seen to not be able to take the heat. Thanks for the sample Bluebird Tea, but this one just doesn’t work for me.

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drank Cherry Lips by Bluebird Tea Co.
373 tasting notes

Despite being a rather old sample, this tea smells of a bit more cherry than my Zen tea option ( having said that, I am not a floral tea hater). Although the base tea seemed slightly broken, it does not taste bitter after being brewed at @ 85 for 1 minute. The base tastes like a fairly robust, fruity green, with a faint spinach note. This works well, to support a rather strong candy/chapStick like flavoured cherry, mixed with a more spicy than bitter rose tone. The robust green, prevents this tea from seeming delicate, in fact there is something rather hardy about it. All the same it is a pleasant cup, that has held up well despite poor storage.

bizbee1

Is it all natural flavoring? I am looking to replace my current fav green cherry tea since I have discovered it has artificial flavors.

yyz

This is what bluebird tea says about the flavourings they use http://bluebirdteaco.com/faq#collapseTwentythree. If you need anymore information email them. They are usually pretty good at getting back to you. Shipping from the uk was very quick, much faster than my US to Canada parcels. Which one have you been drinking?

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drank Retro Ted by Bluebird Tea Co.
47 tasting notes

Last cup of the night, and although it’s caffeine free, I think this one may be a bit too fruity to use as my bedtime drink in the future. I also can’t imagine cold brewing this (although I’ll probably have to try now. I’ve mentioned that) so it’ll probably wait around in my drawer for a few months until the colder weather kicks in again.

I bought this as part of Bluebird’s pick-n-mix sample selection, as there were four teas I really wanted to try and I had an extra space to fill. So overall, I wasn’t getting my hopes up too high for this one, although it was still pretty high on my list of Bluebird’s teas to try. My flatmate Sam moved out today (it’s the end of the school year and he’s moving to Amsterdam on a placement soon) and his girlfriend Amy, another flatmate, wasn’t feeling too great so I obviously took the opportunity to use tea as a means of settling her stomach. After rifling through my drawers, she picked several teas out to try including this one, which I brewed for after our supper of freshly baked cookies. If she hadn’t picked it out, there’s a chance this could have sat in my drawer untouched for a couple of months.

The dry mix smells beautiful, and looks it too. Bluebird are great because their teas not only taste great, but look great too and the huge chunks of ingredients make them just gorgeous to look at. I say it every time I have a Bluebird tea, but I really do marvel at how pretty they are. I brewed it in my ingenuiTEA and it was pretty cool to see all the bits floating around and expanding.

In the time it’s taken me to type the note up so far, my tea has gone cold but I don’t think the flavours have changed much. It is, however, as I had suspected, better warm. The bright red colour when brewed made me wary that the tea may be overpoweringly hibiscus-y, but it’s actually a pretty mellow tartness just chilling with the other flavours rather than overpowering them. There’s something weird about this blend which I just can’t place, but I’m pretty sure I like it. In fact, I’m sure I like it, I’m just not sure I can place the flavour or could explain why. Pineapple and coconut are always a winner together in my opinion, although I was interested to see what I thought of this tea since coconut is generally a favourite flavour of mine in tea, whereas I’m yet to find a pineapple tea which I can drink happily – or I was until this, anyway. The flavours are immediately present and reminiscent of a piña colada, but the lemongrass is also prominent and adds an interesting extra dimension. This element kind of reminds me of fragrant Thai rice, and I suppose the reason it works so well could be that the coconut goes with both pineapple and lemongrass flavours effortlessly. I imagine it might be quite an odd combination without the coconut. The hibiscus keeps it tart (I added a sugar, although I shouldn’t really) and the rose petals add a wonderfully floral aftertaste. I am constantly amazed by the skill some tea blenders show, and Bluebird are no exception. This blend is truly inspired, and one of the more intriguing blends I have had the pleasure of trying.

EDIT: As it cools, I have just noticed, there is a kind of honey sweetness on the finish of the sip. Paired with the lemongrass, which remains throughout the sip, this oddly enough reminds me of those lemon flavoured throat sweets with the honey inside that you suck when you have a cold. Not in a bad way, though, it’s not particularly medicinal. It’s more like what those throat sweets would taste like if they were actual sweets, instead.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Hot Mama Jama by Bluebird Tea Co.
252 tasting notes

TTB 6: I didn’t read the ingredients before trying this one and it made for an interesting experience. As I was drinking, I kept noticing a bit of a burning sensation in my throat. I thought maybe I was getting a cold or the tea was too hot, but even as it cooled, the burning persisted. Finally i realized that this must be a spicy tea! I’ve tried a few teas that were intended to be spicy, but I think this is the first one that I’ve actually noticed having an effect. The tea flavor itself was tart fruitiness. I think the real draw for this one is definitely the spice!

Flavors: Spicy, Tart

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Birthday cake! Thank you for the sample, KittyLovesTea! The description says black tea but I don’t see any black leaves in my blend or in the picture of the tea. This is mostly rooibos but whoa is Bluebird’s rooibos some of the best: all smooth and delicious. It’s almost like strawberries! I can see why the rhubarb cream blend works so well. I think the sugar from the adorable star sprinkles are improving the rooibos. Other than that, I only see purple flowers in the blend and there isn’t much flavor other than the rooibos itself. I’m not really sure how this tea could claim to be cake, maybe it should just be called “birthday”. As a rooibos blend, this is a win. Rooibos haters could be swayed with Bluebird’s base, I think. I used a Tsac and there weren’t any rooibos particles in the mug. The second steep was good too, but it lost most of the strawberry flavor for some reason. Not bad, but I’d definitely prefer my favorite teas on my birthday (very well could be many of Bluebird’s blends).

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I want to like this, probably because it looks so pretty, but I just can’t. The liquorice root is far, far too sweet and overpowers all of the other flavours. I can also taste it at the back of my throat for hours afterwards — it’s like artificial sweetner, ick.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Stephanie

more like all things NOT nice, heh

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This is such a pretty tea. There are loads of rosebuds, and large quantity of lemongrass…I can’t see much in the way of white tea, but maybe I’m just being blind. Either that, or I need to give my bag a shake! It looks beautiful, but the moment I took a sip I knew we weren’t going to be friends. Because, oh my goodness guys, liquorice root! It’s my new nemesis. I’m finding this freshly born hatred a little strange, because I don’t think I’ve ever really minded it until very recently. Now, if it’s in a blend, it’s somehow all I can taste. A little like hibiscus, in that respect.

It’s so artificially sweet, and it sticks around at the back of my throat. Ugh. The second strongest flavour is lemongrass, and the rose is more a scent that floats over the top of the other two flavours. I would like this if it weren’t for the liquorice root. The combination of the lemongrass and rose is quite nice, and I can see a white base suiting this tea well. The problem is, I can’t taste anything except liquorice root. I might investigate the possibility of removing the pieces I can see from my sample bag, and seeing if that improves things. Hopefully it does, or sad to say this isn’t one I’m going to be able to finish. Grumpy face.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
1918 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (155)

Thank you Amariel for the chance to try this tea. My second cup is an improvement but I am still not sad to see this go. However, this cup is less base and a bit more vanilla flavor. There is also a nutty quality to the tea. Alas, banana is still lacking and for that reason, I won’t miss this now that it’s gone. I am happy I got to try it though :)

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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
1918 tasting notes

Thank you Amariel for sending this my way but unfortunately I am just not enjoying this as much as I hoped I would. I am finding it really quite bland in comparison to other banana teas I have had in the past while simultaneously finding it rather thick as well. I just find myself wanting more rich flavours and less dense base. I have about 1 cup worth of leaf left so perhaps with some tweaking, I will be able to get more from this tea but for now, I am pretty underwhelmed. Oh we’ll, can’t love them all. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the chance to try it out.

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I placed a wonderfully sizeable Bluebird order at the weekend, so I’m happily finishing off the rest of the teas from my previous orders at the moment. This one I almost expected to dislike, but it’s actually rather yummy. When it’s right, it has a wonderful baked apple flavour with a hint of cinnamon and clove spicing. The dry leaf is really pretty, too, with it’s little specks of red among the leaves.

I have got this wrong, on occasion, and it can be woefully bitter. Today, though, it’s smooth and astringency free. The green tea base really helps the apple flavour to pop, and works with the rest of the flavours genuinely cohesively to form a really satisfying cup. This may be a repurchase come autumn.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70

This sample has come to work with me, because I seem to drink far less green teas at home in the evening than I do if I have them with me during the day. This one is just as good as the first time I tried it — very smooth, unobtrusive green tea base, wonderful spicing, and a strong baked apple flavour. One of my favourite Bluebirds!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70

This is a surprising tea. For some reason, I was expecting it to be quite musty in flavour, probably because that’s one of the things I associate with cloves, and there are a lot of cloves in the dry mix. I was distracted from that for a moment by the prettiness of this blend, though. It contains yellow, red and green leaves and flowers, and looks very fresh and natural! That’s no surprise — a lot of Bluebird teas are very picturesque. I allowed my water to cool to about 180, and then added 1tsp of leaves for around 3 minutes.

The predominant flavor is apple, followed by cinnamon and clove. I’m pleased the apple came through so well, as I had been concerned that it would be disguised by the spices. Instead, it’s sweet and sort of baked in flavour, with the spices adding an element reminiscent of apple pie filling! The green base is right here, I think — it adds a crisp, vegetal freshness that is probably helping the apple along a little. It’s light and fairly subtle, vaguely sweet, and very smooth. The whole combination makes for an easy to drink, tasty cup! I can see this one being pleasant any time of year, but a warm summer evening adds a little holiday ambiance! Another winning blend from Bluebird :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #21

Another sad sipdown, as this became one of my favoured bedtime blends for a while. I can often taste more rooibos than anything in this kind of blend, but the honey here was very prominent, and very accurate in terms of taste. A possible repurchase, when I’ve got to grips with my stash a little more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina

Wow! You’re really on a roll.

Scheherazade

I saved them up for ages :)

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75

This is another Bluebird tea I have at work with me, and that I’ve been drinking a lot of over the last couple of days. It needs a good, long brew in order for the honey flavour to properly develop. A shorter brew time gives a more herbal, chamomile flavour, with a strong background of rooibos. Five minutes or more, though, and this becomes almost like drinking runny honey! I like teas that have a couple of “personalities” that can suit different moods. I went for the runny honey option today. It’s sweet, rich, and decadent, and also very soothing. It makes a great bedtime tea. Tomorrow is my last day at work before I’m on leave for a week, so I’m pretty tired already. No more of this for me just yet, I don’t think, or I might fall asleep for real! 6 day weeks are a real killer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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This was my last cup of the evening yesterday. It’s one of the few unopened Bluebird samples I currently have sitting around, so I thought I’d give it a chance to shine. The dry leaf smells so much like a freshly opened pot of runny honey, I actually had a hard time believing it was tea. As scents go, it’s just spot on. I was expecting the rooibos to take over the the flavour, but fortunately it didn’t. The same headily sweet, delicious honey note carries through, with subtle hints of chamomile. Chamomile often tastes a little honey-like to me, so I’m not surprised it seems to enhance the flavour here.

While it’s a genuinely lovely caffiene free cup, it probably lends itself best to drinking in small doses. It’s quite sweet and rich, almost like eating honey straight out of the jar. For that reason, it becomes slightly overpowering and really a bit much by the end of the cup. It’s a very enjoyable treat, though, and one of the best honey teas I’ve had the pleasure of trying.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
123 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Nattie!

This tea is really growing on me. At first I didn’t think that hibiscus and chocolate would work, but the sip opens up with the tartness of the orange and hibiscus and finishes with the nice, roasted sweetness of the cocoa.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cocoa, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Last tea before bed last night. Judging from the scent of the dry leaf, I was worried that this one was going to be pure rooibos. I couldn’t smell anything beyond a deep woodsiness, even while brewing. Thankfully, I was wrong. I gave this three minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.

Admittedly, my first sip was fairly rooibossy. That quickly faded, though, and left a rich, creamy flavour, absolutely reminiscent of vanilla sponge. It’s a flavour that seems to build with successive sips, to the point where there’s even a hint of buttercream frosting, highlighted with a touch of almond.

This is a seriously yummy tea, and is more than likely to become a fixture on my pre-bedtime rotation for at least a few successive nights. I really like cake tea, and this is a particularly good one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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70

Sipdown! I drank the last couple of cups at work this morning. Chai still seems like an odd choice for summer (and it IS summer now, finally…or at least the weather is giving that impression for the moment!) but this one is kind of tropical tasting so somehow it’s okay. I like the creaminess the coconut adds to this blend, and the way some of the “lesser” spices have their moment to shine in this fairly mild blend. It’s not one I’d keep on hand all of the time, but it is nice, and I’d certainly reintroduce it to my cupboard from time to time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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I had another cup of this last night, just to try and firm up my opinion of it. On balance, I like it. It’s a mild chai, and it has wonderful creamy notes from the coconut. It’s a really nice treat with a dash of milk, on an evening when something warming is nice, but heavy “winter” spice levels would be too much. Tasty and fairly subtle! I love the pepper notes in this one, and I’m appreciating tasting the individual spice flavours. Usually they get buried under clove, but this one is gentle enough that the “milder” flavours like ginger, cinnamon and cardamom can really shine. A pleasing cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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