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Thanks so much for the teas, MissB! This one was a surprise but it’s a Bluebird tea I haven’t tried yet! It seems to be chai but with coconut added. I used two teaspoons: 1) Bluebird’s black teas are usually light to me 2) I want to drink it before the coconut goes bad 3) there is a lot here! Two teaspoons didn’t ruin this at all – it was the perfect briskness that I like a chai to be – a pretty dark cup! This black tea might be different from the other blends. A decent chai with plenty of spice flavor and hints of coconut but it lacks the specialness of a Bluebird tea! The other blends are so unique! But I’m glad MissB sent it my way. :D
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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I feel like I’ve been super absent from everything the last three weeks due to work, traveling, being unwell and just life in general but fingers crossed I’m back into the swing of things… more or less… I had such high hopes for this tea, I mean seriously, Black Forest Cake Tea!! And although the dry leaf smelled super amazing and was fully of the most chocolatey-cherry-berry scent the liquid was a disappointing and lacking in flavor… and I’d even gone a little above and beyond by trading my usual skim-milk with heavy cream!!! I’m not giving up yet however, I’ll give this another go (probably with a little more leaf) and see how it goes… I’m starting to realize I’m a chronic over-leafer and prefer way more leaf than recommended in order to get the flavor I want and I really shouldn’t hold that against a tea when I’m brewing as per the recommended parameters!! Watch this space… I have faith in Bluebird!!

Fjellrev

Great to see you back!

beelicious

Thanks :)

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Drinking with my brother part 1

I’m guessing that my brother chose this tea because of the name, but I was excited because I have been wanting to drink it. The smell is very odd and it matches its taste. I’m unsure how to describe this tea… the best I can do is saying that it taste like a cola that sat outside for about 45 minutes. While it will still be okay, it isn’t the best. That is how this tea is, good but lacks something.

gmathis

Thanks for the reminder…I have some cola tea that is great iced when the weather starts to boil! Now, where’d I stow it..?

TeaNTees

I love guayusa, have you ever tried any others by Bluebird Tea Co?

Liquid Proust

Butiki made the best guayusa and my memory of them intimidates me to even try…
I have the Candy Floss and Cocoa #5

TeaNTees

Yes, Butiki certainly did create some amazing guayusa blends. …Alas :(

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I could probably write a poem about this tea because of its look, taste, and name.
Very pleased to see purple liquid come out in my pot as I steeped this :)
PURPLE!!!
I don’t drink many white teas, but this was flavored very well and balanced. However the blend comes out in proportion is awesome.
This tea may be on my list to try cold steeped as well

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drank Candy Floss by Bluebird Tea Co.
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I am always attracted to cotton candy teas, and I have tried several and am usually disappointed. One thing that I dislike is that so many of the available cotton candy teas are made on a rooibos base, and this girl likes her caffeine. I was happy to see that this tea is done on a white base.
Full review and photos: https://tealover.net/2015/06/bluebird-tea-co-candy-floss/

TeaNTees

Gorgeous photographs! I’ll have to try and obtain some of this and some ice cream float as well! YUM :)

Marzipan

You are so sweet – thank you! They were done with a cell phone and piece of white posterboard.

TeaNTees

Really? Wow, must be a good cell phone! ;)

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drank Birthday Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
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So this was a sample that was included in the last shared ordered I had with Marzipan & Liquid Proust. I should have included it in one of their boxes. This sounds delicious and I wanted to like it so bad. . .but my arch enemy struck again! So alas, this tea just wasn’t for me. Made me sad. I wanted a sprinkled birthday cake filled cup of love. Instead I got a funky weird woodsy taste cuppa that I could barely take a drink out of.

Anybody interested??

Comment on my blog and I’ll draw a random winner. This is basically a full ounce with a tsp missing. . .I’ll include other goodies too!

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/05/28/tea-of-the-day-birthday-cake-from-bluebird-tea-co/

TeaNTees

What’s your fave “cake” tea? I am a cake fanatic and am still searching for just the right one!

TeaNTees

So far “Granny’s Cake” by RiverTea is the best cake tea I’ve had but unfortunately RiverTea has gone the way of the dinosaur it seems. :(

Nichole

Off the top of my head-I did like Bluebird’s Vicki Sponge Cake cold brewed. That was raspberry jammy with vanilla cake on the side but that is it. I too am still searching for that perfect cake tea.

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I need more of this tea-STAT. I went thru this one really fast. This tastes just like raspberry jam when brewed hot and when I threw the leaves in a pitcher to cold brew, this tasted just like a cake with raspberry filling. So good. Highly recommend this one.

http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/05/20/vickys-sponge-cake-bluebird-tea/

Flavors: Cake, Raspberry

Marzipan

Karsten had this one today and said, “Meh” (direct quote), so I’ll put the rest of mine into your next box.

Nichole

Well Thanks!! I was going to order more :)

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drank Snowball by Bluebird Tea Co.
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drank Hot Cross Bun by Bluebird Tea Co.
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I’ve never had an actual hot cross bun, but if they taste like orange cranberry rolls with a good amount of cinnamon, then this blends nails it. Doesn’t taste like a Rooibos, and if I didn’t know from the ingredients that it contains hibiscus I think that one would have slipped right by me, although it is a tart tea. Instead I get a bready citrus aroma. I can taste the cinnamon baked good flavor at the front of the sip, followed by orange and cranberry. I don’t sweeten my teas, but this one makes me want to try the next cup with a bit of honey.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Orange Zest

beelicious

Love this tea!!! It tastes just like a hot cross bun…. except I usually take my hot cross buns with butter, strawberry jam and cream and I miss them desperately since moving to the States!! :)

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Waited for several cups to review this one. I kept hoping it would make a stronger impression on me. It’s pleasant— I can taste the rhubarb and a subtle creaminess. I expected stronger flavors based on the reviews, but I am thinking that it might be my taster since I have some sinus symptoms going on.

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This tea leaf is super pretty, something I’ve come to expect from Bluebird Tea Co. their teas are always so visually appealing!! Cold brewed the tea is the prettiest pink color but it has a slightly strange taste… a little chemically which Im attributing to the stevia and it really isn’t that sweet which I’m attributing to the cold brew not melting the hundreds and thousands… holding off on rating this tea until I’ve brewed it as recommended…

sren

I’m curious to hear how it turns out, as I have eyed that flavor…

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So I have no idea why, but I thought this would be sweeter than it actually was but I guess I should have realized as it’s got hibiscus in it which always makes tea a little tart. Opening the packet there was a tonne of big huge juicy looking strawberry pieces mixed in with apple, lemon and orange and I decided since I only had 10g to brew this tea up hot and cold to see the difference.

Hot this tea was tasty but it felt kind of wrong with the flavor profile… Cold brewed it was delicious but really needed some sugar to cut through the tartness , well that, and maybe some fresh lemon and strawberry slices to really amp it up. Nice but not a favorite and not something I plan to restock.

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drank Dozy Girl by Bluebird Tea Co.
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A sample from the EU TTB box round 3 return.
Not a huge fan of lavender in tea but I will give it a go, on the upside I love lemon verbena so it may work out well.

Ooopph, perhaps not! The raw scent is lavender, with a side of lavender and more lavender. Strong yet sweet and pure but lavender all in all. Some herbs behind but not strong enough to work them out.

Steeped scent is sweet but still uber lavender. Also the tea is a pinkish tone. At times I think I can smell rose but it’s too difficult to tell.

Flavour is light-ish (at least) and while being lavender dominate is also highly floral and herbal too, giving it more elements. Quality wise it’s fresh with only minimal dryness in the after taste. Also some sweetness in this, though not as strong with the lemon verbena as I was hoping. Drinkable though for a non lavender fan, to the point where I may consider getting more as a bed time tea. It’s rare that I can stand lavender in tea but it truly does make me tired.

So not a great tea but it does the job, and in reality it’s quite nice.

Flavors: Herbs, Lavender, Rose

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This tea arrived with five others from my very first order from Bluebird. The dry leaves have a strong cherry scent and when brewed it tastes just as good as it smells. The green tea base is lovely and not at all bitter and I just can’t get enough of the cherry flavour. The minute my cup was done, I made another!

Flavors: Cherry

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Another sample from Nattie!

I admit I didn’t notice the apple until I read the description. Obviously the name doesn’t suggest apple at all.

I noticed a mild toffee with some mild smoke and a milk black base. I had added 10% cream.

I did enjoy it, I was happy it wasn’t super smoky because the idea of smoky teas still terrifies me. There’s a whole world of lapsang out there that I’m afraid to touch with a ten foot pole.

Ultimately I wouldn’t buy this, but it made for a good mid morning “snack”!

Thanks Nattie :)

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Sweet and jammy raspberries? Check. Creamy vanilla-like pastry? Check.

We’ve got take off!

the base is clean, with a lingering fruity aftertaste and indulgent in a midday relaxation sort of way.

I was fortunate enough to unwittingly combine the last bits of my cup with the White Rabbit candy I was eating, and it bordered on positively sinful and really amped up the creaminess exponentially. I love accidentally finding tea pairings. Yum.

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

Wow, I haven’t had that candy in over five years!

Mad Hatter

We were in an Asian grocery a week or two ago and I said something similar, and my husband remarked he had never had it. So clearly we had to purchase some haha.

Fjellrev

Haha nice. Does he like them?

Mad Hatter

We ended up with two more bags, so yes!

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I have just finished dinner and was in search of something sweet and savory. This little guy was the winner! The word custard, when used along with tea, automatically intrigued me. I brewed this western. The aroma of silky rich creme emitted from my brew basket. I inhaled the scent of a rhubarb cream pie. I sipped this down rather quickly. Surprisingly, the taste of rhubarb dominated this brew. It had a finish of cream and vanilla. This brew had both of these flavors swirled around with a dusky earth taste. I actually really enjoyed this tea. The taste was not overwhelming. I think a flavored tea is beginning to grow on me.

Flavors: Cream, Rhubarb, Rum, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Another one to try from a while ago, the combined Bluebird order! This blend looks like mostly those yogurt bits.. a little odd but I don’t mind them! A little odd in an apple strudel tea though. I tried to mix it a little bit before taking a teaspoon. The cup was barely pink, if that says how much rooibos actually made it to the teaspoon. I’m very glad I didn’t notice any hibiscus/rosehips. The flavor is delicious – it does taste a lot like a dessert. Equal parts creaminess, apple, cinnamon. Another amazing Bluebird blend!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

(I must also mention I had the Pumpkin Pie recently too, and I’m amazed at Bluebird’s consistent flavors over the years. Teas that I sampled years ago have the same flavors that I remember in new batches.)

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Another sipdown! First cup of this yesterday was brewed hot and had milk added and it was tasty, the flavors developed as the tea cooled and there was a nice amount of raspberry but I didn’t get a lot else… Reading everyone else’s reviews I decided to cold steep the remaining leaves…. BINGO! Cold brewed in the fridge for 10 hours or so the tea developed some amazing flavors!! Suddenly I was blown away with the coconut, raspberry, cream and even the slight hint of cake. Hot I wasn’t sad to see this tea leave my cupboard, cold brew makes me rethink another sneaky order to Bluebird Tea Co. sometime in the very near future.

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