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drank Beet It by Bluebird Tea Co.
194 tasting notes

Another entry from the exciting Bluebird tea roulette collection, and MAN, it’s definitely a beet tea.

I felt like I needed something both calming and fortifying this morning, since I’m preparing for a job interview. The earthiness of beetroot seemed a good choice. The concept of a beet tea is new to me, and I was admittedly skeptical. The dry mix smells just like beets, and as it brews, I get the aroma of, well, cooked beets. And it brews up a vibrant shade of deep beetroot pink. This isn’t selling it well, but man, it’s actually really good! The flavour is strongly beet as well, but bolstered by subtle notes of sweet apple and a tart finish from the citrus and hibiscus. But mostly, it’s beet. And that’s actually making me feel really good about the morning. Thank you, beet!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Nattie

I want to try the tea roulette so much! I’m way too scared though, haha. Plus I already have 11 of their teas so I don’t want to get it again :/

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, probably not worth doing the roulette if you’ve already got a bunch of their stuff – you could get the pick n mix sampler and just pick 5 things at random yourself that you haven’t had!

I’ve already found a few I’ll likely be restocking when I run out. They’re fantastic!

Nattie

I’ve already had the pick-n-mix sampler twice! I probably will just pick some at random next time I order. Which will be soon…

Nattie

What else did you get?

Sami Kelsh

So far I’ve tried: Coffee Pu’Erh, Dark Choc Chilli Chai, Rhubarb & Custard, Enchanted Narnia, Peppermint Cream, Totally Nutty, Watermelon Splash, and this one. I did actually specifically order the Watermelon Splash alongside the roulettes, because it’s shiny and new and I had a mighty need.

I have yet to try: Skinny Minny, Mojitea, Nearly Nirvana, and Strawberry Lemonade. Who knows what I’ll settle on trying tomorrow! So far I have yet to not like any of them. That’s impressive!

Nattie

I have to say in very impressed with Bluebird so far! I have the Coffee Pu’ Erh and Dark Choc Chilli Chai too, and all the others you have are on my Bluebird ‘to try’ list! I have the MojiTEA and Strawberry Lemonade too, both of which are delicious.

Sami Kelsh

Yay! I seriously recommend all the things.

Nattie

I would too – the only Bluebird tea I’ve had that I wouldn’t recommend is Terry’s Tea, but I think that’s because I associate it with bad memories.

Sami Kelsh

Aww, that’s too bad :( ‘m so glad I don’t have any bad memory teas. I just can’t listen to Radiohead or visit the Midwest.

Nattie

Yeah :/ it’s self-inflicted, though – it just reminds me too much of a schnapps drink that made me ill once ha. Radiohead gives me the feels too.

Sami Kelsh

BLERG. I was like that with sour apple flavoured stuff for years after an incident involving equal parts dark rum and green apple soda at an art opening where the host’s wife just kept feeding us drinks. Radiohead just reminds me of a very bad ex who was a superfan. Less fun. Mercifully, I was never very invested in their music to begin with!

I’ll rampage before anyone or anything threatens to ruin tea for me. Tea is sacred.

Nattie

Eurgh! :S that’s part of the reason I stopped drinking. Yeah that doesn’t seem so fun…

Haha that sounds about right! I’m okay with steering clear of this one particular tea, though.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, I kind of kept drinking after that, but I was also 17, and therefore stupid. Now, if I have a drink, I’m hungover before I’m tipsy. I stick to tea.

And occasionally half a bottle of toffee apple cider because it tastes like fizzy creamy toffee and sometimes I have the tastes of a child.

Nattie

Hahaha toffee apple cider is admittedly delicious. I occasionally break my ‘no alcohol’ rule depending on how tasty said alcohol seems.

Sami Kelsh

Basically. If it’s tasty and I suspect there’s not enough of it to give me a headache and somebody is paying for it, I probably won’t say no. It’s a lot easier now that I’m seeing someone who doesn’t drink, mind, because that’s at least one person at most social occasions who won’t judge me if I order a tea at a pub or something.

Nattie

I can definitely agree there. My partner doesn’t drink either, and actually stopped before I did. I have only seen him drink once – a night I ended up spending looking after him and washing his sick out of my hair – and after that I couldn’t face drinking any more either.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, that’s unappealing. :p

One of the side effects of not drinking, I find, is that hanging out with a bunch of people who are drinking is suddenly just weird and uncomfortable. I was invited out with a bunch of former coworkers about a month ago and it was just awkward. People kept asking me what I was drinking and then getting all shouty and weird when I said it was ginger ale. Why do we have to defend not drinking?

Nattie

Definitely :P

I find that too! I hate feeling like I’m on trial when I have to explain that I don’t drink, but I’m starting to find it easier to just say no now, instead of being pressured into going out. Being a student, too, it’s something that people expect of me – even from my family. Whenever I get money, for example, they always say “don’t spend it all on vodka!” Even though they know I don’t drink. It’s difficult to find other students that don’t like to drink, but I’ve found quite a few recently which I’m glad of, and I always have Frankie too, at least.

I find ‘going out’ (like, clubbing etc.) to be weird and uncomfortable now too, it’s just not fun when you’re sober and see the reality of it fully. So it’s nice to find other people that understand! (:

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Nattie

I want to try the tea roulette so much! I’m way too scared though, haha. Plus I already have 11 of their teas so I don’t want to get it again :/

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, probably not worth doing the roulette if you’ve already got a bunch of their stuff – you could get the pick n mix sampler and just pick 5 things at random yourself that you haven’t had!

I’ve already found a few I’ll likely be restocking when I run out. They’re fantastic!

Nattie

I’ve already had the pick-n-mix sampler twice! I probably will just pick some at random next time I order. Which will be soon…

Nattie

What else did you get?

Sami Kelsh

So far I’ve tried: Coffee Pu’Erh, Dark Choc Chilli Chai, Rhubarb & Custard, Enchanted Narnia, Peppermint Cream, Totally Nutty, Watermelon Splash, and this one. I did actually specifically order the Watermelon Splash alongside the roulettes, because it’s shiny and new and I had a mighty need.

I have yet to try: Skinny Minny, Mojitea, Nearly Nirvana, and Strawberry Lemonade. Who knows what I’ll settle on trying tomorrow! So far I have yet to not like any of them. That’s impressive!

Nattie

I have to say in very impressed with Bluebird so far! I have the Coffee Pu’ Erh and Dark Choc Chilli Chai too, and all the others you have are on my Bluebird ‘to try’ list! I have the MojiTEA and Strawberry Lemonade too, both of which are delicious.

Sami Kelsh

Yay! I seriously recommend all the things.

Nattie

I would too – the only Bluebird tea I’ve had that I wouldn’t recommend is Terry’s Tea, but I think that’s because I associate it with bad memories.

Sami Kelsh

Aww, that’s too bad :( ‘m so glad I don’t have any bad memory teas. I just can’t listen to Radiohead or visit the Midwest.

Nattie

Yeah :/ it’s self-inflicted, though – it just reminds me too much of a schnapps drink that made me ill once ha. Radiohead gives me the feels too.

Sami Kelsh

BLERG. I was like that with sour apple flavoured stuff for years after an incident involving equal parts dark rum and green apple soda at an art opening where the host’s wife just kept feeding us drinks. Radiohead just reminds me of a very bad ex who was a superfan. Less fun. Mercifully, I was never very invested in their music to begin with!

I’ll rampage before anyone or anything threatens to ruin tea for me. Tea is sacred.

Nattie

Eurgh! :S that’s part of the reason I stopped drinking. Yeah that doesn’t seem so fun…

Haha that sounds about right! I’m okay with steering clear of this one particular tea, though.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, I kind of kept drinking after that, but I was also 17, and therefore stupid. Now, if I have a drink, I’m hungover before I’m tipsy. I stick to tea.

And occasionally half a bottle of toffee apple cider because it tastes like fizzy creamy toffee and sometimes I have the tastes of a child.

Nattie

Hahaha toffee apple cider is admittedly delicious. I occasionally break my ‘no alcohol’ rule depending on how tasty said alcohol seems.

Sami Kelsh

Basically. If it’s tasty and I suspect there’s not enough of it to give me a headache and somebody is paying for it, I probably won’t say no. It’s a lot easier now that I’m seeing someone who doesn’t drink, mind, because that’s at least one person at most social occasions who won’t judge me if I order a tea at a pub or something.

Nattie

I can definitely agree there. My partner doesn’t drink either, and actually stopped before I did. I have only seen him drink once – a night I ended up spending looking after him and washing his sick out of my hair – and after that I couldn’t face drinking any more either.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, that’s unappealing. :p

One of the side effects of not drinking, I find, is that hanging out with a bunch of people who are drinking is suddenly just weird and uncomfortable. I was invited out with a bunch of former coworkers about a month ago and it was just awkward. People kept asking me what I was drinking and then getting all shouty and weird when I said it was ginger ale. Why do we have to defend not drinking?

Nattie

Definitely :P

I find that too! I hate feeling like I’m on trial when I have to explain that I don’t drink, but I’m starting to find it easier to just say no now, instead of being pressured into going out. Being a student, too, it’s something that people expect of me – even from my family. Whenever I get money, for example, they always say “don’t spend it all on vodka!” Even though they know I don’t drink. It’s difficult to find other students that don’t like to drink, but I’ve found quite a few recently which I’m glad of, and I always have Frankie too, at least.

I find ‘going out’ (like, clubbing etc.) to be weird and uncomfortable now too, it’s just not fun when you’re sober and see the reality of it fully. So it’s nice to find other people that understand! (:

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