Vicky's Sponge Cake

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Raspberry, Tart
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 oz / 221 ml

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From Bluebird Tea Co.

Think vanilla sponge cake with a dollop of raspberry jam!

Ceylon black tea, Coconut, Strawberry granules, Freeze dried raspberries, Raspberry leaves.

We know there is nothing better than a cuppa and cake (except perhaps a cake flavoured cuppa!) but did you know it was our good old Queenie Victoria who invented the Vicky Sponge? Guess the name gives it away a bit! She loves taking afternoon tea with her home girls but decided they needed some extra nourishment to last until dinner. Cake it is then! We like your thinking QV!

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61 Tasting Notes

581 tasting notes

I’m happy that I’m finally getting around to tasting this tea! This was one of the blends that I most wanted to try. I have been a bit preoccupied with some other black tea blends that I’ve been having in the morning with a splash of milk. I also placed an order with Serendipitea for some caffeine-free blends as I’m running out of choices for my evening/nighttime cuppa.

This tea is a very nice, smooth raspberry blend. What I mostly taste is the lovely black tea base. It’s not bitter at all and is awfully tasty! I’ve found that Bluebird Tea Co. uses very nice bases for their blends. The raspberry comes next and is not terribly prominent, but it’s there. I’m missing the whole cake aspect of this tea, though. I thought that there would be some kind of hint at a sponge cake… but unfortunately there is just the raspberry jam! It’s still yummy, sweet and almost a little bit floral. Would I purchase some of this tea? Maybe if it had more cake flavor, but this was a nice cup to have this afternoon!

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299 tasting notes

Lots of raspberries in this! It was good, too. I am going to resteep it later and see how that goes ;)

I didn’t really get the sponge cake part?


I didn’t get too much cake from it either – more so when it cools I guess.


I found the cake bit to be very subtle and light tasting. It crept in and out for me.

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659 tasting notes

I got a generous sample of this from CrowKettle earlier this week, and decided to make it my morning tea…I do a double steep for two mugs. Sometimes I cold steep in one and hot tea in the other, but with the colder weather, I get lazy and just double steep and split each steep between the two vessels. Occasionally, I bag up something separate in one and steep simultaneously if I have the extra time.

Anyway, my morning steep of this was astringent and strong, and I was grateful I under-filled my steeper on the second go, as I had room to fill in my timolino, and I added milk to top it off. I was able to mix it into my other mug to make it milder, but I found that I had used too much milk because I lost some flavour.

I did a shorter steep with new leaves at home and it was better. I did add the tiniest drop of milk (what was left in a measuring cup used for dinner) and that made it a bit creamier. I found that the shorter time was better for me, and it was not so astringent, but it was still a little tart.

I wouldn’t say this is a favourite tea, but it isn’t too bad, especially with the lower steep. What makes me thing of getting some is the raspberry leaves, since they’re healthy. I might also cold steep. I don’t drink much cold liquid i the winter, except water (at room temp) so cold steeping probably won’t be for 6 more months.

I’m glad to try this, and will use the last of my sample soon, I think.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73 tasting notes

[Thank goodness I thought to copy and save this note before trying to post. Don’t need any more frustration to this day. Here goes second try…]

Made this for Cara and me in the middle of yesterday’s fun times sarcasm>, and was very disappointed. Packaging was cute as could be, and everyone else had such positive reactions to it. Hard as I tried, all I could get was a faint tang of raspberry, which does not a Victoria sponge cake make. Cara didn’t even get the raspberry, but said “If it’s got CAKE in the name, it should taste of CAKE. Because — CAKE” We didn’t even get enough vanilla to let imaginations supply the cake. I tried it without milk, then with Cara’s almond milk (mine is the unsweetened), and Cara drank it with regular milk, so no almondy flavour would interfere. I’d give it another try, but think it makes more sense to send it off to someone who might like it much more.

(Steeped exactly as per instructions – can’t get those right now.)

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117 tasting notes

Thanks Mike Turner for the sample!

I really liked how this smelled out of the packet – a distinct fruity tang from the dried raspberries without being overpowering. The creamy coconut scent came out during brewing.

I initially steeped it for 4 minutes in about 200mL water, but found it a bit weak for my liking. I let it brew for a total of about 6 and a half minutes, but it still didn’t get as strong as I would have liked, which just means I’ll have to order a bag of it so I can overleaf it :)

No rating at this time, but I liked the not-too-powerful, not-too-subtle raspberry flavor and the hint of creaminess. Will be trying this one again!

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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385 tasting notes

This tasted good, but not exactly what I was expecting. The raspberry taste really comes out and there’s a vanilla smoothness. I cold brewed a bit too and that was even better at bringing the vanilla-y taste out to match the raspberry. The raspberry pieces are visible in the dry mix and the smell is enticing. Thanks to moraiwe for swapping! I wanted to make an order but wasn’t sure so getting to try this one out first is great.

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1059 tasting notes

MMmm, this is a nice comforting cup on a rainy afternoon. Mild black tea with berry and vanilla flavoring. I’m drinking it sweetened, and am getting just a tiny bit of pleasant tartness from the raspberry. Very tasty, but I’m not getting any “cake” flavor from it. Smells WONDERFUL.

Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet!

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I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but decided to put this tea on my first Bluebird Tea Co. order as it has attracted lots of great reviews. I also wanted to see if a tea actually could taste like a cake!

However, having tried the tea I think it’s the wrong approach for judging a flavour of a tea. I don’t really expect to feel like I’m drinking a sponge cake but expect some of those flavours to come through as inspiration – I still want to feel like I’m drinking a cup of tea after all!

The smell of this tea was just as enticing as the other bluebird teas I have tried – very raspberry (unsurprisingly) and made me excited to pop my leaves in the breville tea kettle and get them brewing:

Method – Breville Tea Kettle
Water – 750ml
Tea – 2.5 tsp
Time – 4 mins
Milk – YES!

I felt the colour of the tea was a bit weaker than I expected – but it’s not all about looks. I also chose to add milk despite the package recommendation not to (I’ll add milk to all black teas).

On the first few sips the raspberry certainly comes through predominantly – and it is a great, natural taste. Not at all artificial – and quite jammy. As the cup progressed the coconut started coming through as the initial taste, before the raspberry kicked in. I was pleased at the sweet / tart balance – it wasn’t sickly at all.

To me it’s a raspberry tea with a nice hint of coconut to make it that little bit different, and quite delicious.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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37 tasting notes

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.

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

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.


Haha nice. Does he like them?

Mad Hatter

We ended up with two more bags, so yes!

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135 tasting notes

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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