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drank Snowball by Bluebird Tea Co.
95 tasting notes

A bitter tea with strong toasted notes and a mild coconut finish. The flavour is more akin to a heavy dark chocolate, than a light fluffy snowball. However, it’s still a fairly comforting brew, that becomes a lot smoother and creamier with the addition of milk. The coconut could be stronger, but overall it’s a decent brew that is an unusual Christmas tea addition, due to the inclusion of coconut.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Coconut, Creamy

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A musty fruity flavour, provided by the apples and hibiscus, hints at a faint essence of cider, that becomes a little tart in the finish. This is combined by a spiced element of cinnamon and cloves with a tiny tang of ginger right at the finish.

Flavors: Fruity, Musty, Spices

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A musty aroma combines with cinnamon to provide a mulled feel. Whereas the actual flavour is a little more fruity with clear notes of elderberry. I’m not a massive fan of elderberry, so wasn’t too keen on this blend. However, I would definitely recommend to elderberry lovers! This was obviously a cute attempt at a festive fruit tea.

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Hibiscus

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Inspired by a Nordic city that builds lifesize gingerbread every year, this blend is full of the caramelised flavours of rooibos and carries the warming tang of ginger. The other ingredients aren’t obvious, but if you leave to steep for over 4 minutes the ginger becomes stronger and increases the spicy peppery element.

A little disappointing, especially as Bluebird blends are generally really tasty! Wouldn’t recommend, but only because I have recently tried better Gingerbread Rooibos (Kettleshed)

Flavors: Caramel, Ginger, Rooibos

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No notes for this one? It’s not exactly new, either – I ordered it in June last year, then I got scared, and it’s been sitting in my cupboard until now. I figured a medicinal style blend might be appropriate given that I’m feeling pretty icky just at the moment, so here goes.

This is Bluebird’s version of a Ba Bao Cha, and it contains jasmine green tea, ginger, goji berries, ginseng, extra jasmine, and gynostemma. I have no idea about that last. I do remember now why I’ve put this one off so long – jasmine, ginger, and goji berries are not among my favourite things. Quite the opposite, in fact. But tea is there to be tried, so I bought it anyway.

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. There’s not a lot to say about this one, I don’t think. It’s not a strong flavour, but what flavour there is is mostly jasmine with a hint of smooth, grassy green tea. It has a “herbal” aspect to it, and it verges on medicinal. You can tell it’s a blend that’s trying to do some good! It’s easy enough to drink, fresh and clean tasting. I’d not hurry out to buy it again, but it’s certainly not obnoxious!

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

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I was enchanted to try this tea due to its lovely snowflake sprinkles and the festive name. I was craving something warm and sweet and spicy to put me in the holiday spirit. This tea had all the winning pieces in the ingredients lists, cloves, orange peel, almond and vanilla, even spruce needles!

When I opened the bag of this loose leaf, I was a little surprised when I was hit with a strong waft of almond liqueur and amaretto. I suppose I was imagining more of a “coffee” Christmas cake for this flavor, with a focus on cinnamon and spice. Instead, this tea is definitely meant to emulate the alcohol-heavy fruitcakes of the season. When brewed, the liqueur flavor becomes more subdued, and notes of vanilla and marzipan come forward. The cloves, orange, and spruce are very minimal.

This blend has grown on me the more I’ve brewed it— now that I’m in the mindset and mood for a gently-spiced amaretto brew. It’s definitely unique, I haven’t had another tea quite like it! Christmas Cake is perfectly festive for this time of year in look and flavor, and it’s a limited edition blend, so it’s worth a try before the season changes.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Cake, Cinnamon, Marzipan

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Oh wow… seeing the description of this tea and tasting it…. it’s EXACTLY the tea I was dreaming and hoping it is! It’s just so…. jammy! Exactly the jammy flavor I wanted in this brew, which is odd because I can’t recall this flavor being in any other Bluebird teas I’ve tried. It really does seem like strawberry jam/jelly and ice cream to me (which isn’t really an American thing, but it sounds divine.) It doesn’t just taste like strawberry like any other strawberry tea though… it’s JAM. There is slight creaminess from the coconut. The hibiscus I was worried about doesn’t really make an appearance in the flavor, unless the tartness gets buried in all the jam. I’m so glad. Very happy with this tea! It’s a cup full of strawberry jam with a dab of vanilla ice cream. Bluebird wins again! Sadly, it isn’t available on the site right now. (I ordered a few teas from Bluebird because I knew most of the teas I’d be ordering would go missing for a while… or for good?)
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// couple minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4+ minute steep

Edited to add: Actually, it is still on Bluebird’s site but you have to buy 150grams of it at 20% off at the moment.

Flavors: Cream, Jam, Strawberry

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drank Christmas Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
1804 tasting notes

Tis the week before Christmas, so we are going to be doing a lot of holiday teas! I’ve even busted out my holiday tea cup, with its festive sprigs of holly around the rim and saucer.
This tastes like a spice blend, with clove and maybe cinnamon in it?
I was honestly expecting something sweeter, but its still palatable.
Let the holiday teas really begin!

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The last few days I already had a sore throat, but this morning I got up feeling a wrack! Fortunately, I could sleep a couple of hours longer, took a paracetamol, had a nice hot shower and this enabled me – just – to face the day. Slowly but surely trying to get things done…and then, a nice comforting tea comes in handy!
Snowball is a sample the nice people from Bluebird Tea co. added to my order and I thought this tea would be the perfect “comfort tea”…and it sure is! I used to like a good cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, but it seems as though I grew out of it. Here I´m having this tea and as far as my – limited for feeling ill – taste buds tell me, this IS hot chocolate with marshmallows. The coconut adds nicely to the blend as well.
I´m not sure whether I´m still into having this type of tea on a regular basis, but today it did what it needed to do. For people who like chocolate drinks, this is by far the best tea based drink I have had up to now; for Xmas tea fans, this is a nice alternative w/o the spices. Contrary to other reviews, I don´t feel it´s necessary to add milk to the tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Marshmallow

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Ingredients: Chinese pu’erh tea, Chinese oolong tea, ginger, orange, ginseng, fennel.

The combination of Puer and Oolong sounds strange but ginger and orange is winning me over. It sounds so complex that I have no idea what it’s going to be like.

Steeping: 1 bag in boiling water for 3-4 minutes

Once steeped the tea bares a dry and very Puer scent. If you haven’t had the pleasure it’s an earthy and dry scent.

The first few sips reveal a dry, dark and somewhat refreshing blend. It’s almost minty, or mint like anyway. I imagine the fennel and ginseng is giving the refreshing tones. The Oolong is not really noticeable but the Puer is the most dominant. It’s mild really in flavour.

A few sips more reveal the mint like taste is more licorice like now, much darker and deeper than it was at first. I really dislike licorice though and am having to try and ignore it.

For the most part it’s like a mild orange and Puer tea. It’s not juicy orange or very noticeable because of the refreshing aniseed after taste.

It might be a unique blend that excites some people but it’s just not for me. Anything aniseed makes me screw my face up.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/16/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-16/

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Finally managed to order some tea from Bluebird tea co. I bought mainly Xmas presents, but as a treat (and to get to the amount of zero post&package!) I got me this tea. I´m fond of rhubarb in all the possible appearances it might arrive in, and this combination (the custard addition) was kind of fascinating. It also got wonderful reviews and a “great taste” rating… I would therefore try it out as soon as it arrived…and there we are!
Generally I find rooibos quite boring, but as it isn´t showing off in this blend, I´m quite OK with it. The smell of the tea is brilliant…definitely the custard steals the show, and the rhubarb is blended in in a very subtle way. Steeping (for 4+ minutes) gets you a really nice drink, where the rhubarb gets to shine this time. So rhubarb in mouth and custard in nose, and the senses are glad, very glad. As far as I am concerned, this is a far better combination than the traditional Xmas blends (cinnamon etc.)…and less tiring as well.

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank MojiTEA by Bluebird Tea Co.
95 tasting notes

Currently supping away at a mini sample I had of this! Been sitting in the cupboard for a little well so thought I would finally give it a whirl!

Thought it was a herbal blend so whacked 100C water over it oppsie! Despite this I done seem to have ruined the green tea much, not bitterness to report! :)

Moderate minty aroma.

Flavour is lovely! Can image this so easily iced with a bit of tipple added in! Flavour is fairly citrusy and again moderately minty. Lovely!

For more on tea visit my blog: www.TastetheTea.co.uk

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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was super excited about this tea and I thought it may have been something a little different. However, I found the aroma to be disappointing, not particularly smelling of either strawberry or lemonade. I also felt the flavour was lacking a little. The notes were all their just quite muted. Not something I would expect from Bluebird, which is a real shame.

I did steep this with hot water and in hind sight think I should have gone for cold brewing this as its quite a summery blend. Fingers crossed for next time!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lemon, Strawberry

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I was super excited about this tea and I thought it may have been something a little different. However, I found the aroma to be disappointing, not particularly smelling of either strawberry or lemonade. I also felt the flavour was lacking a little. The notes were all their just quite muted. Not something I would expect from Bluebird, which is a real shame.

I did steep this with hot water and in hind sight think I should have gone for cold brewing this as its quite a summery blend. Fingers crossed for next time!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lemon, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The resulting tea bares a sweet toasted Rooibos scent with spicy ginger and cinnamon undertones. It sort of does resemble a ginger biscuit (and those are my favourite!).

A few sips and I’m unsure what to write about first. While I can taste the sweetness from the Rooibos it’s also warming and fiery from the ginger. It’s almost deceiving at first, just as you think ‘Oohh it’s just another sweet Rooibos blend’ it grabs hold of you and intensifies in the back of the throat. All of this while mellowing into a ginger biscuit after taste with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon.Power and complexity is certain and this is not a blend for the faint-hearted.

As it cools slightly the sweetness relaxes and the spices come forward a little more. The balance of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon make it exotic and chai aromatic but the unmistakable ginger biscuit likeness lingers in my mind.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/01/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-1/

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Once steeped the tea took on a deep brown colour (before milk was added) and it bares a rich, sweet malt scent.

First few sips reveal a dark, dry, malt and wood base with a soft hint of smoke. Slightly bitter and stronger than I initially expected.

The strength continues to impress on a British standard though I would like a little more flavour and depth in it. Though It’s easy to drink and warming on this cold eve.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/02/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-2/

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I haven’t actually tried any Matcha from Bluebird Tea so I am excited to finally cross that box. I also like the little tin, I plan on re-using it to make a Matcha lipgloss for it in the near future. I may even do a tutorial for it.

Bluebird describe this tea as “Highest quality Japanese matcha powder shaded two weeks prior to harvest. “

The Matcha is a beautiful bright green colour and quite fine in powder. It produced a beautiful foam.

Flavour is light and smooth with sweet grass and soft vegetal notes that linger in the after taste. This is very easy to drink, it slips down with ease. Perhaps one of the smoothest Matcha I have tried, though I found it perhaps too easy for my every day needs. A little more flavour would have been preferential for me but still it was a nice Matcha. Also a note to say the foam was great, the last few Matcha samples I had from other companies didn’t whisk too well but this foamed beautifully.

Given that it was a higher quality than I expected I may try a few others from them. They do a few flavours that sound interesting.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/04/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-4/

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Once steeped it bares a mint and chamomile scent with no licorice to speak of.

The first few sip reveal a sweet and refreshing peppermint flavour that fills my mouth and softens into a mild (and I stress mild) yet very refreshing licorice flavour. In fact there is more refreshing factor of the licorice than actual licorice flavour. Like when someone walks down the hall and you didn’t see them but you can smell their perfume lingering near by. It’s actually a sigh of relief for me that it’s not too licorice thick or heavy, more of an after taste.

It sort of tastes like I’m chewing gum and sipping chamomile tea. I can’t say if that is good or bad really, just unusual, but that is what it reminds me of.

As it cools the mint becomes a little stronger and the refreshing aftertaste slightly weaker, or well at least my mouth has adapted for it so it’s not as noticeable. So really after a while it’s a creamy peppermint with a slight herbal finish. Now it’s minty enough to be like candy cane.

I could finish this cup but I don’t think this blend is for me. It was nicer than I expected being only mild on the licorice side but it was refreshing enough to be a little off putting. Again I stress that’s because I hate licorice. If you happen to love chamomile, peppermint and licorice then this is probably something you should look up.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/07/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-7/

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Bluebird state that this is just pure peppermint leaves, though it is not up for sale on the website at the moment.

It’s a simple ‘herbal tisane’ but I’m a fan of peppermint so I don’t mind. It’s actually very good for the digestive system and stomach upsets. If I’m feeling unwell I usually go straight to the mint tea.

Flavour is strong and sweet with pure peppermint flavour. It’s very refreshing, reminds me of candy cane. It’s delicious! Pure tasting and natural, plus it wasn’t too dry and herbal so it’s rather fresh. The refreshing peppermint lingers in the after taste.

When you sip it’s slightly dry and herbal but then straight away the peppermint grows, the sweetness increases and the refreshing tone packs a flavour punch that fills the mouth.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/09/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-9/

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Once steeped the tea (technically tisane) bares a red colour and super sweet strawberry scent.

The first few sips reveal a sweet strawberry but thick Rooibos base which lingers in the after taste. Slightly creamy but overall the sweetness has a big impact, almost verging on being too sweet. I’m a savoury person over sweet so it’s not something I could have all the time, it’s bordering on that too sweet line.

The Rooibos base is thickly herbal too and slightly dry which is slightly disappointing since I usually dislike Rooibos in sweetness and herbal flavour.

As it cools which is also about half way down the mug it remains sweet but the Rooibos herbiness goes away slightly behind the strawberry sweetness.

I suppose it is jelly like but not creamy enough for ice cream; though perhaps it is if milk was added. Though It’s a nice enough blend I don’t think it’s for me.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/10/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-10/

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drank Lapsang Chai by Bluebird Tea Co.
1804 tasting notes

When I put in my order from Bluebird a few months ago, I just had to throw this one into my cart. Lapsang Chai? What an interesting combination! I’m a fan of smoky lapsang, and a tentative chai fan, and with those two bold flavors coming together, it should be interesting.
This is certainly a knock-you-back kind of blend, strong and smoky. I get a sense of the chai from the smell, but the lapsang mussels it out of the way when it comes to the sip. I still enjoy the lapsang, but I wish it was a bit more balanced.
Still, on a cold and rainy day like today, this was a really nice cup.

Evol Ving Ness

Funny, I was in the mood for something smoky today too.

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A creamy smell enhanced by the vanilla, is lightly transferred into the taste, giving the blend a faint sweetness. There’s also faint hints of pepper, citric spices and pine, but the predominant note is a bitter tang of tea. All the points of originality for the spruce needles. Less points for the actual flavour.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Pine, Spices, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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I really thought I’d reviewed this tea already, but apparently not… I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around, brewed western style, as I usually do, brewed gongfu style. I have no idea what it is about this tea that makes me want to gongfu it, but in the past that is usually how I’ve drank it. Both of my gaiwans are in storage at the moment, so western is the only method I have right now, but I did still enjoy this tea. At first, I was a little disappointed as I couldn’t really pick any flavours out of the ‘herbal’ taste, but as it cooled I began to really enjoy it. The flavours are still not as distinct as when I brew it gong fu, when the flavours of the oolong and elderflower are very prominent, but the more it cools the more the elderflower comes out at the end of the sip, and I do get the feeling that I’m drinking champagne in tea form. My rating reflects the sessions I’ve had with this tea brewed in my gaiwan.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I really need to invest in a Gaiwan one of these days.

Nattie

Oh you should! It’s totally worth it.

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