Rhubarb + Custard

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Fruit Herbal Rooibos Blend
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Artificial, Creamy, Custard, Jam, Rhubarb, Rooibos, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Bluebird Tea Co.

Tangy rhubarb + creamy custard guilt free sweet treat

Rooibos, Rhubarb pieces, Calendula, Stevia.

Hardy British super fruit, much loved vintage cartoon characters, top boiled sweet and crumble of the Gods… Rhubarb + Custard really is a pairing made in heaven. This naturally caffeine free, antioxidant rich blend will satisfy your sweet tooth with less than 1 calorie p/cup! Sounds like a super sweet deal to us!

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701 tasting notes

Well this is delicious.

I’m enjoying the second steep of this this morning. I really don’t know how they do it. This tea nailed the rhubarb and custard flavour. The rhubarb adds a nice tartness and the custard adds a subtle creaminess. This is nothing short of amazing.

Thanks Cavocorax!


Woo! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I know I’ll have to reorder that one.


i’ll need to try this one out…if it already isn’t with raritea waiting for me lol

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562 tasting notes

I’m learning that I think I only like rhubarb when it’s paired with strawberries or something else and not by itself. Sometimes rhubarb can taste so sharp and like dirt. It reminds me a bit of taking a spoonful of plants and flowers in the garden. I saw this blend and knew I had to give it a try as I love custard and have been trying to find the perfect custardy tea blend. I’d actually love to find a plain custard rooibos tea, but back to this tea…

It has the same sweet and rather creamy rooibos tea base that Bluebird Tea uses. The rhubarb is very realistic, but doesn’t taste too much like a garden. The flavor is actually pretty light. I actually taste only two notes, the rooibos and the rhubarb. I’m not getting any custard or anything dessert-like beyond the sweetness from the rooibos. It’s very drinkable, but I would have loved custard and not just rhubarb. Thanks to Bluebird Tea!

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532 tasting notes

Another sample from Bluebird Tea Co, possibly the cutest tea co in existence.

Wow, great job with this tea!
I really didn’t know what to expect. Not counting Davidstea’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait (which I love, it’s the rhubarb tea next to which all other rhubarb teas must be judged), I’d only ever tried one other straight rhubarb tea before, (Rhubarb Cream, by Tin Roof Teas)it was black, and if you hadn’t told me the flavour I never would have guessed rhubarb.

Not so with this tea! It’s definitely rhubarby.
I’m fussy with rooibos because I don’t love tasting it, but this blend is definitely manageable, it all seems to work together nicely. I’m getting a hint of sweetness which is likely a combo of the rooibos and whatever flavouring was used for the “custard” aspect.

I would definitely recommend this to a rhubarb fan! It’s not as delicious as the aforementioned Davidstea one, but it could be close with the addition of strawberry!

A pleasant surprise :)
Not bitter, feels thick bodied and satisfying.

(Is it weird that I write these reviews using a British accent in my head?? Haha <3 just trying to get a little closer to my history. I am 1/4 English after all!)

Thanks again, Bluebird Tea Co!

Mike Turner

I LOVE that you write these with an English accent!


Oh jolly good then ;)


Haha. I’m reading these in an accent now!

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277 tasting notes

Thank you Dexter3657 for a sample of this. It is hard to choose teas for others, isn’t it? This is so not for me. I couldn’t tell you what it is about it I do not like. The aftertaste for sure, it tastes like I just chewed a vitamin C tablet. Some sort of metallic thing. But even as I sip, there is something I can’t define. I have never had calendula in a tea so I don’t know what it tastes like. Maybe that’s what I don’t dig, I couldn’t tell you.

I seem to be in minority here but… Nay! I feel like I should just return the sample, there’s still two cups in here. Why waste it, right? To bad, it smelled so nice and creamy. Bummer

1.5 tsp, 8 oz water just off boiling, 6 minutes. Sweetened with honey.

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752 tasting notes

I have been wanting to try Bluebird Tea pretty much since they popped up here on Steepster. Hallieod was generous enough to send me a sample of it.
This is everything I hoped it would be. It tastes like Rhubarb. I like that it’s a bit subtle, not in your face. The rooibos is just barely there, making a nice base against the rhubarb. I did put a little sweetener in this, it really helped to pop the flavors. I really enjoyed it. I see a Bluebird order in my very near future.


I’m glad you liked this one too!

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I got this as a sample in my last Bluebird order & decided to risk a full sized bag this time around. This smells incredible & tastes even better… Tart rhubarb balanced perfectly with sweet custard goodness, yum! I find it gets even sweeter towards the bottom of the cup; I had to double check I hadn’t added any sugar. Second steep is equally as yummy! My mum loves this too, so I can’t see the bag lasting too long..!

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96 tasting notes

Thanks to Mike from Bluebird Tea Co for this sample!

This smells really good out of the packet – very rich and dessert-like.
While steeping, I could clearly detect the tart, fruity flavor of the rhubarb as well as some creaminess.

I wasn’t sure how long to steep, as there weren’t any instructions on the website, so I figured 5 minutes was a reasonable amount of time.
The taste seemed somewhat artificial-chemical, which could have been due to the stevia, which I’m not completely sold on. I really expected and wanted to like this blend, but that aspect of the flavor hampered my enjoyment of it.
I added some soya cream and a small squeeze of agave to see if it would take the edge off. It sort of worked, but dulled the flavors somewhat.

Now that I’m finished, I don’t really know what to think. There was a very pleasant, long-lasting aftertaste to this tea that made me reconsider my verdict. Maybe I’ll try it again someday and experiment some more.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Mike Turner

Hey, thanks for the review. There are brewing instructions here http://www.bluebirdteaco.com/brew/ although they are a little hidden away and sounds like you don’t need them anyway!

Hope you enjoy on the next try, maybe one you have to learn to love…

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Rather overexcited as my package from Bluebird Tea just arrived. I think I’ve made my decision that Rhubarb and custard will be the one I try first…

Ooh, it smells just like rhubarb and custard chews. I know it’s supposed to, and I should have expected that, but it made me smile.

Just lifted the lid of my teapot while it was brewing and took a bit sniff. Oh my that’s divine, just like a hot rhubarb crumble.

You know, I’ve been put off buying another Rooibos after the teabags I bought weren’t really my thing. And this is strange, because in this tea I can really taste that rooibos base, but it is working so well with my tastebuds it’s as if they’ve known each other for ages and have just bumped into each other in their favourite cafe and are now having a chat.

Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Nostalgic, in a very good way. And caffeine free, which I really need right now. I am so glad that I love this, I’m going to go and order a load more Rooibos teas right away.


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829 tasting notes

There are only a couple more Bluebird teas from my order that I haven’t tried yet! I really should be better about trying teas more or less in order, just so they don’t get forgotten about and lose flavor. This was the only rooibos from my order, which is a shame since I’m liking it so much lately. My sample doesn’t have as many flower petals as the picture, it’s mostly red rooibos with a few petals and pieces of dried rhubarb. Dry scent is quite lovely – a nice mix of tart fruitiness and luscious vanilla custard.

Happily, the steeped tea smells similar but with less potency and the addition of rooibos. Ugh, I’ve been so spoiled by drinking so many green teas today, having to wait for this tea to cool feels like an eternity… Hm… This is pretty good, but I’m honestly a little disappointed. There’s not really any of that bright tartness from the aroma, the rhubarb is far more subdued and mild, though it’s still there. The custard flavor is mild as well, though it comes out more near the end. I can’t really taste any sweetness from the stevia, but it does add a bit of an artificial taste. I really wish tea companies would stop trying to pre-sweeten their teas! If we want sweetener, we’re perfectly capable of adding it ourselves…

Flavors: Artificial, Creamy, Custard, Jam, Rhubarb, Rooibos, Sweet

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1088 tasting notes

Another new try from last night. When I tidied ny cupboard last week, I brought the last few untried Bluebirds down to a more reachable level, so that I’d be more inclined to start them. It worked! I brewed this one up for my last cup before bed, and gave 1 tsp of leaf 4 minutes in boiling water.

Brewing, it certainly smells of custard. It’s actually quite surprising, given that this is tea. The leaf is so pretty, too, with the red-brown rooibos, the yellow petals, and the pink/white rhubarb pieces.

Unfortunately, my first couple of sips are almost entirely rooibos. I was disappointed, but then very slowly, the taste of rhubarb and custard sweets developed at the back of my mouth. It’s very sweet and candy like, with the creamy custard developing first, and then a slightly tart, tangy-sharp rhubarb flavour coming through after that. Successive sips develop the flavour further, and bring it more into the foreground. Disappointment turned to delight!

I would like the flavour to be more prominent from the off, so I might try a longer brew, or even a little piece of sugar, for my next cup. Maybe some milk, to enhance the custard flavour? I’m pretty sure my experience of this one can be improved, but I’m pleased that I managed to find both flavours in my first cup. The only slight issue I have with this one is the pre-added stevia. It leaves an artificial sweetness at the back of my mouth that I don’t really care for. On the whole, though, a pleasing first cup.

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