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Even oversteeped somewhat, this is still a pretty faint blend. Yes, I can taste the peppermint and cocoa, and yes, it’s quite lovely… yet faint. I want more, a fuller, thicker taste. If it were, this would be my all-time favorite mint chocolate tea, and that’s saying a lot.
So, let’s be clear. I steer away from floral blends. So why did I purchase a tea that has, literally, small rosebuds in it? The billing of “turkish delight”, of course. The fact that Bluebird is run by Canadian expats in the UK also helps.
Out of the bag, this smells like chocolate roses. Steeped I got little smell out of it. Taste-wise… I’m confused. I want to like it. I want to taste turkish delight. And yet? I add some Truvia. Okay, now I get turkish delight, the kind that’s been imbued with some form of light floral flavoring. It’s still a touch rose-y for me, however I can get past that.
Fans of turkish delight dipped in a light layer of chocolate that don’t mind floral blends will like this. Or, little girls who want high tea with something really, really pretty. Seriously, the little rosebuds are ADORABLE.
Wowsers….this is super pepperminty with a gentle touch of vanilla resembling Twinings – Butter Mint. It looks like mostly finely chopped peppermint leaf (with some dust) and some small to medium sized Oolong balls amidst it.
The flavour is very mild considering it’s strong scent. In my first few sips it took a few seconds before any flavour came through and when it did I feel the strongest was the cocoa. It’s sweet but also creamy and very light. I wish the peppermint was stronger.
This blend is too mild, I may try and double the dose or the steep time for my next cup. So far this one is disappointing.
Once I was rummaging through my swap package from Dexter3657 for the Pineapple Bacon Rooibos, this caught my eye. It was creamy and delicious smelling and a good contrast to the smokiness of the bacon tea. Tastewise there is a slight tartness from the rhubarb but it is coupled with a deliciously sweet creaminess which I suppose is meant to be the custard. All in all, it is definitely making for a nice treat tonight so thank you Dexter for sharing yet another tea with me.
dear MissB, thank you very much for sharing.
i wish i could taste it.
my tongue ignored it because it had the word ‘toffee’…. but i really did try. =0(
i thought i caught a whiff of banana maybe though?
Oops! Mustn’t forget the queue!
Scheherazade shared some of this with me, and it has taken me almost the entire bag to work out what I think about it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a banana flavoured black tea before. The only one I can think of which had banana in it was a white tea blend from AC Perchs, but that one also had some other fruits. A large part of me is a bit surprised that flavouring anything at all with banana is even possible in the first place. I don’t know why my brain wants it to be so impossible, but there you are.
The recommendations called for boiling water which is something, in a flavoured black, I routinely ignore because I find that nine out of ten flavoured blacks yield a better result when the water is slightly cooler. About the temperature normally used for oolongs tend to suit me best.
So the first time I had it, I brewed it in my own way, and ended up with a cup of tea which both smelled and tasted like nuts. That was it. Just nuts. No banana or any other sort of fruit in sight at all.
Next I tried it with boiling water which had just cooled enough to no longer be bubbling. That gave me a great deal of banana flavour on the first few sips, but eventually it cooled down to a temperature where it’s actually possible to drink it without burning the mouth and we’re back to having a cup that tastes almost entirely like nuts.
Now, I like nuts as a tea flavouring. I’ve even discussed this very recently and how it rather surprised me, but you see, I’m attracted to nut flavoured teas that are actually flavoured with nuts. A tea that tastes like nuts when it’s supposed to taste like something else just doesn’t really work for me.
Because I’m lazy today and a bit bothered by Girl Tummy™ I decided to see if this is a flavoured black that will continue to be unusual and actually give a passable resteep.
Not quite. It’s a bit thin, but now it tastes like banana again, at least at the beginning of the cup. By the end, at this point, I’m fully expecting it to be nuts.
It’s difficult to rate this. If it had kept that banana flavour all the way through and not gone nutty, I would probably give it around 85. While the nutty flavour is quite nice as it is, it’s not banana and therefore I can’t give it more than 70. Therefore, I’m going to aim for the middle ground here.
I’m still quite curious about the whole banana flavouring concept, though. I might see if I can investigate this further.
Thanks to Dexter3657 for sharing some of this with me!
This smells delicious – like I’ve just squashed a raspberry between my fingers. It steeped up nicely and I taste very little rooibos in this cup. Having said that, I kind of wish there was more raspberry in it, even though I’ve added some Truvia to it already to see if I could ramp it up just a teensy bit.
I do however love the title, and so I’ll sip it easily tonight, thinking about the time a few years back that I splurged to get one Prince ticket right next to the stage while he was in Victoria, BC, and where he sang RIGHT TO ME and pointed… ah… even the women around me squealed and asked why he picked me. Dunno what I did, other than just sing along to every single song he played, except for the radtastic medley where they jumped from song to song so fast, my head spun and my heart vibrated.
MmmMMmmm mushy cooked rhubarb tea. So delicious!
Uggg, I feel asif my fingertips have been sanded off from yarn. I’ve been crocheting all the time over the holiday weekend. The inlaws dropped that I should crochet a couple things for gifts to be mailed to family. At the same time, I got commissions coming in that need to be done for christmas. Waaah, busy time! Now that my hands had enough crocheting for the night, time to relax with some good tea.
Man, gravity hates this rooibos. The lighter petally bits keep floating to the top in the bag.
(if you haven’t seen my Oolong Owl tea blog review of this tea, http://oolongowl.com/rhubarb-custard-from-bluebird-tea-co-tea-review/
Not bad not bad! heavy on the rice, which I like. A very mild apple note that blends surprisingly well with the genmaicha. I would buy some if it was local!! Sadly though, I missed out on trying it while hot. I got a phonecall and when I got back it had chilled… a well. The one little sip I did get was kinda floral, in an apple sorta way. Made me curious!
This is my first sample to try from MissB tonight. I did find the base milder than the other Bluebird teas I have had, but perhaps I instinctively under-brewed this one so it would not be so strong.
The first thing I notice is the apple, and then a subtle sweetness, but I cannot tell if that is my cane sugar added or not. To up the caramel/toffee notes, I added the leftover toffee drizzle from the sticky toffee pudding dessert I had the other night (it was to go, and there was more than enough sauce in the cup for the pudding and then some), and that definitely upped the toffee, but then kinda hid the apple.
I have a few servings of this, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them.
Tea #13 from HHTTB2
Once this is brewed up, it smells just like dark cocoa with a hint of orange!
The flavor is dark and cocoa-y, though the base itself isn’t terribly strong. The orange flavor comes through as very much candied orange rind flavor. And while the hibiscus doesn’t come through on the sip, the musty tartness is pervasive in the aftertaste. I’d be afraid to brew this longer in fear of popping the hibiscus into the sip.
Good, but not great.
The last tea from my monthly club package.
This blend smells strongly of coconut and pineapple with a hint of spice. Like a fruity yet sour chai, strange but in a good way.
My first sip had strong coconut and pineapple flavours which matched it’s scent but in the after taste there was a strong burning sensation and dryness. Basically when it says fire it means it. It’s not too strong and thankfully it quickly subsides but it is certainly one of the spiciest Chai’s I have tried.
The more I drink the more I’m getting into it. The pineapple has increased in strength to create a spicy cinnamon and chilli pineapple medley in my mouth. Also the coconut is becoming a little creamier now it’s cooling. Yummy.
Part of my monthly club package.
This blend is so beautiful in appearance, very natural and pure. It has a strong spearmint aroma which is both fresh and very cooling but also sort of creamy and sweet.
Flavour wise it’s very thickly spearmint with some sweetness and floral tones. The floral tones are rather recognisable as being jasmine particularly in the after taste. It sounds like a bizarre combination (jasmine and spearmint) but they actually work very well together.
As it cools the blend becomes creamier and less sweet and thick. I can actually feel myself relaxing whilst sipping. :)
This smells AMAZING. Fruity Malibu with a coconut overtone, and a hint of something floral in the background. (The floral part scares me. Hopefully it’s minor in the blend).
It smells just as amazing steeped. I could inhale this all night.
Ah. The taste however.. oh how I wanted to love this. Yet it’s got the coconut creaminess with only a touch of coconut, and then… miscellaneous fruit. Tart. I can actually feel the coconut covering my teeth… it’s like eating coconut meat, minus the flavor and with extra butteriness.
So I try to save it with some Truvia, and it does perk up considerably. Unfortunately it gets even more tart as the fruits expand in flavor. Some sips are better than others (especially when the orange shines along with the coconut).
I may play with this a bit, however I doubt I’ll order more.
EDIT: As I drink more, I taste more pineapple. This makes me happy. Er.
This came to me from Cavocorax and I am really glad it did. I had been reading so many positive things about it lately that I am super happy she sent me some to try. This tea smelled fruity and delicious. Luckily, that translates into the tea. Often times I find that teas with berries tend to be a bit sour/tart but this tea manages to taste like berries while still remaining sweet. I can also see where the idea of sponge cake comes from as there is a nice cake-yness to this tea. Though I am not completely blown away by this tea, I do think it is a very nice cup and am happy I have more of this tea to enjoy in the future. Thank you Cavocorax!
ETA: Resteeped this loses a fair bit of its flavor. It still has a subtle berry taste but it is falling a bit flat. I will finish the cup but I think these leaves are done.
I grabbed this tea from the traveling tea box that was sent my way recently. It looked very interesting — little rosebuds tucked away in a little plastic bag. I have certainly enjoyed the teas from Bluebird Tea Co. and I don’t mind the ingredients in this blend. It doesn’t smell the best after it’s steeped: herbal, a little soapy and a bit of rose.
Sipping… hm.. this is pretty interesting. It’s very smooth despite it having some ingredients that could potentially make it a little sharp or strong. I definitely taste the rosebuds, but they’re not over the top. The lemongrass is present, but lingers in the background and lends more of an earthy/herbal note to the cup. I can’t taste the cocoa shells which is a little sad, but there really weren’t too many so I can see why.
I’d say that this is a solid cup of tea. It’s nice, creative and calming. I don’t think it’s my favorite from Bluebird Tea Co. and I’m not sure if it’s going to be in a future order, but I’m indeed happy with this blend tonight. Lovely!
Backlog. I drank a whole pot of this last night and it kept me good and wired until about 7am. Funny how the coconut all fell to the bottom of the bag; as I work my way through 80grams it becomes more distinct.
What I’m actually drinking right now: Black coffee. I tried to log “coffee” on here a few minutes ago and then had an epiphany! My brain has apparently turned to mush.
Gave this a try last night. I was going to have another Apple Strudel, but I gave in to the temptation to try something new. This is a bit of an odd one, as it turns out. Initially, I felt like I could taste all of the ingredients separately, and it was a bit weird and not very coherent. As I took more sips, though, the flavours started to come together, and I did end up with a taste almost exactly like aniseed balls. If you stop sipping for a while and come back to it, you have to build up the flavour all over again. It’s like all the separate elements only combine once you’ve tasted them a few times. At first, they’re kind of overpowering (especially the stevia), but they do ultimately complement each other well.
A little strange, but pleasant all the same. I think this is one I’ll have to try again a few times before I’m really sure of my thoughts. There’s a lot going on in terms of flavour, and the almost layered effect really took me by surprise, so it’s one I want to pnder over a bit more. Interesting stuff.
Really enjoyed a cup of this before bed last night. The scent is amazing — it’s like freshly warmed apple strudel, just as its name promises, and the flavour comes out surprisingly well in the taste as well.
There’s a lot of apple in here — so much that the rooibos is sticking to it, and it comes out of the packet in clumps rather than smooth, free flowing loose tea. I actually quite like that about it — it’s not like the clumps are huge, and they look a bit like crumble topping. Funny how my mind works. Anyway, the taste here is pretty much dead-on apple strudel. There’s even that slightly gelatinous taste to the apples, like they’re in a thick, sugary sauce. I can taste something that reminds me of pastry, too, although I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that’s making me think that way. The spicing is perfect. Subtle enough that the apple shines through, and is the real star, but still easily tasteable. The rooibos here is a pretty good match too, I think. It has just the right herbally/woody aspect to offset the sweet, tart apple.
I love this, in short. So much that I think I’m going to have another cup tonight, rather than moving on to another rooibos/herbal tea. This is going to make a wonderful addition to my bedtime rotation this winter! Great stuff, Bluebird!
Bonfire Toffee. Interesting. A big miss for me, but interesting. It’s too sweet, not smokey enough. I wish it were caramel rather than toffee.
I’m getting A LOT of toffee, but it’s like burnt toffee rather than smokey. I wish it had some lapsang in it. This seems fake somehow, like it’s trying too hard to fulfill it’s name. There is some apple hiding in the background, but it too is sweet, a little tart might actually help this. It’s just sweet on sweet with some burnt notes. Sorry Bluebird, this doesn’t work for me.
Excited note to say I spotted the bat sprinkles in this yesterday. I didn’t actually realise there were any until I looked on here. I saw the pumpkins, because they’re orange, but the bats blended in with the tea leaves a bit too well. Anyway, so cute! They melt on the bottom of my infuser and dry hard, though. Not so fun when it comes to scraping them off.
Anyway, I can live with that because this tea is so awesome. Smooth, liquid pumpkin pie wonderfulness. Autumn in a cup! Delicious.
Had another go with this yesterday, while watching an old episode of The Vampire Diaries on DVD. When I made the first cup a few days ago, I kind of forgot what I was dealing with and treated it much as I would any other black tea. I was “rewarded” with a very strong chilli kick, which was almost a bit much. So today, I decided to try and remedy that a little and brewed this as a latte instead. I used quite a big cup, added an extra teaspoon of leaf (with some trepidation, admittedly), and used half as much water as I usually would. After about 5 minutes, I topped it up with some warmed milk.
It’s much better this way. The chilli is still there, but it’s a spicy warmth rather than a hot burn. The other flavours are also a little more prevalent — there’s more chocolate coming through, and some of the other spices, like the cinnamon and ginger, are making their presence known.
It’s nice to know that there are a couple of ways I can brew this, depending on the flavour profile I’m looking for. It’s equally reassuring to know that I can tone the chilli down into something pleasant, rather than a challenge. I feel more at home with this one now.
I took the opportunity to buy a bag of this in anticipation of winter when Bluebird had it in stock a little while back. I’m glad I did, because I don’t have very many rooibos chai blends in my stash at the moment. This is a really nice tea for a chilly afternoon. The dry leaf smells a little too perfumey, almost like a scented candle, but thankfully that doesn’t translate to the flavour of the tea.
Instead, this tastes just like freshly baked gingerbread. It doesn’t have the heat I was expecting, somehow, but the spicing is spot on. It’s sweet and very bakey tasting, with maybe just a hint of sugar. I don’t think it’s sweetened, but it’s a pretty good recreation of a gingerbread man, albeit in liquid form. Cinnamon and nutmeg as the dominant spices, as far as I can discern, so it’s not really a traditional chai. It’s really wonderful brewed as a latte, though, with an extra smattering of cinnamon dusted on the surface.
I did think twice about this, but I’m glad I picked a bag up. Hopefully it’ll assuage some of my biscuit cravings this winter! Lovely stuff.
Part of my monthly package from Bluebirds club. It will make a nice drink to aid me while I play Batman Arkham Asylum, I’m playing through Asylum and City again (games one and two) before going for Origins/game three).
This blend has a sweet fruity scent that reminds me of tutti fruity bubble gum sweets I had as a child. So fresh and juicy, so many happy memories have been unleashed, It’s amazing what the power of smell can achieve.
The colour once steeped is dark red (from the hibiscus) but it still has the same sweet fruity scent from it’s raw form.
The flavour is rather sour and strongly hibiscus but the upside is the fresh and sweet fruit behind it. As it cools the hibiscus becomes a little stronger. Admittedly this tea smells nicer than it tastes but it’s an a nice cup of tea non the less.
I will have to try this as an iced tea and see if the hibiscus is as strong. This tea is not something I would buy more of.