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76
drank Banoffee Rum-ba by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
10771 tasting notes

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70

Certainly it has got peachy flavour. And rose flavour.

But it was quite weak in flavour. Maybe cold-brewing as suggested would be great idea.

But I am glad that I noticed both flavours; and it worked quite well. But only so light!

Flavors: Peach, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

From yesterday, for Matcha Monday!

Whisked up hot and straight!! I drink straight matcha often because I’m not big on more oceanic or grassy flavours in tea (vegetal I’m more OK with though), so I was happy that this was more of smooth, creamy flavour with a more vegetal and umami profile; a bit like spinach and fresh garden peas!! Definitely the vibe I prefer from my straight matcha.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAn2R63g1jW/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbiJaEMrQ1Y

(A collaboration I never saw coming, but that I’m living for!)

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As an iced tea!

Definitely doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me that this is a raspberry and chocolate profile that incorporates yerba mate that is also called “Choco Rocket”, much like DT’s now retired Chocolate Rocket blend that is a yerba mate base with chocolate and raspberries…

That ‘coincidence’ aside, I thought this was really enjoyable! I often love the flavour of Bird & Blend’s matchas but struggle with the texture so I typically try to hide the texture with my preperation style, and having this iced (and drinking with a straw) really helped with that a lot for me. In terms of taste, this reminds me a little bit of some sort of chocolate filled with a raspberry “filling” like the cherry filled chocolates that come out around Valentine’s Day really prominently. Good, natural tasting cocoa notes but a more artificial and syrupy tasting raspberry note. I’m not anti-artificial flavours in tea, personally, and there’s definitely a different between something tasting like an artificial product in a way where it’s similar to something IRL (like those chocolates) and it tasting “artificial” in a negative way or with an implicating that it’s a poor recreation of an existing thing… if that makes sense!? It’s a more subtle distinction, but an important one.

It’s also my way of saying that even though this tasted like an artificial raspberry flavour to me, it was a flavour I enjoyed.The other thing I liked is that the more herbal and borderline smoky taste of the yerba mate “matcha”/powder in the blend actually comes through in the taste as well!

I think the next way that I want to try this is as a latte.

Nattie

That definitely doesn’t seem like it could be just a coincidence! What confuses me about that though is that you can’t even get DT over here in the UK, so making that comparison wouldn’t even really benefit them? I’m sure there’s only a few of us here on Steepster that would be able to make the connection… weird :/

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I am having just the absolute worst time focusing enough tonight to write through tasting notes, which is a real shame because that was basically the whole goal of tonight…

This was from the weekend – I meant to try this much sooner after ordering it but that just never ended up happening. Oops. I liked it though; it has the same sort of cacao and rose profile that I really like in Bird & Blend’s Enchanted Narnia blend but without the lemongrass profile that I personally find so unpleasant. The other key difference is that this is a spiced blend as well; I definitely felt a bit of heat in the back of my throat and I got some of the more earthy notes of the ashwagandha as well. I actually thought the suited the profile really well.

Martin Bednář

Hmm, I still have it in virtual cupboard, so probably it is somewehere in real one too. But where? I don’t recall seeing it recently. And apparently I have only one tasting note? Weird. But apparently you liked it unlike me :)

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90

Last received sample from my order…
I am sad that I did not order whole pouch! Hmm, it is really delicious!

That says enough, right?
Okay, I know it doesn’t.

Opening tea bag brought me strong smoke aroma. They say it is pinewood smoked Lapsang Souchong; but although I want a smokehouse, we don’t have it. And I don’t know anyone who have. So I can’t be sure if it is pinewood smoke.

But… Brewed tea!
I expected it bit less smoky but actually almost all smoke flavour is gone. But some remained and that’s just right level of it. It was smooth with flavours, little bit of forest aroma/taste (I know you can’t eat forest, but you know what I mean with forest flavour, right). It!s bit meaty too. But that smooth taste and aftertaste…

Base tea isn’t much pronounced, which is bit sad to be honest. It’s smooth, but some malty or sweet flavours would make it little bit better for sure!

EDIT: Tasting note no. 600 !!!

Flavors: Forest Floor, Meat, Pine, Smoked, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

Woohoo, congrats on 600 notes!!

mrmopar

Wow Martin!

tea-sipper

Congrats on 600!

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66
drank Mocha Chai by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
530 tasting notes

I’m not getting much coffee from this this morning, which is strange because there were a bunch of beans in my infuser and it’s normally pretty noticeable in this blend. At first, the cup was quite chocolate and cardamom forward, but as it cools the cinnamon and ginger are coming out more. I’ll have to try making this into a latte at some point to see if that brings everything out better – I get the feeling that this would make a great latte. Overall I prefer B&B’s Dark Choc Chilli Chai to this one – very similar, but with a chilli kick instead of the coffee beans, and a more pronounced chocolate note.

I’d love to be more detailed, but I always have a random sneezing fit first thing in the morning and it’s hitting me now, and with a partially-blocked nose I can’t taste as much. The sneezing thing is weird though, right? Maybe it’s hay fever?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83

Thanks so much for swapping this a while ago, Cameron B!  I’m reviewing this while it’s still available for probably one more day.  Though this tea seems bee themed, and it’s spring, flavorwise this seems like a comforting autumn/winter cup with it’s soothing creamy chocolate flavor.  I love the depth of the black tea – it’s dark enough!  And I love all the cocoa elements.  The licorice doesn’t make the flavor too weird like I seemed to find it did to Bananas & Custard – just a hint of licorice.  I’m not really tasting what makes this  a ‘honeycomb’ tea.  I wouldn’t notice unless it was pointed out, and maybe not even then.  The main flavor profile is a rich deep chocolate tea, with a creaminess that reminds me at times of the cream in my favorite Earl Grey Creams.  I like it! 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 15 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  4 minute steep

Nattie

I wonder if it’s supposed to taste like a Crunchy?

tea-sipper

That sounds like one of those British things I have no idea what it is… however, their Cream Egg tea looks suspiciously like this blend except that one has… jasmine blossoms?!?! what the heck are they doing to the cream egg?!?!

Nattie

Lmao. Okay Cream Eggs definitely shouldn’t have jasmine in them! Crunchies are chocolate bars, Cadbury’s chocolate with honeycomb toffee inside. (:

CrowKettle

Yeah, sounds like a Crunchie! Honeycomb toffee goodness. We can get them here in Canada too!

tea-sipper

oh cool. I’ve never heard of honeycomb in chocolate before.

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Heh. Today morning tea. I don’t remember anything. Probably very boring stuff.

Okay. I remember something. It was somehow fruity. Some blueberries and peaches. Yep, it was there.

But blueberries were nice. And some peaches were there too. It wasn’t something super present, but they kinda were there.

The generic fruit base is not helping much though. Maybe bit tart. Maybe some other base would make it better.

And sorry guys if you were expecting some tasting notes from me… yesterday I failed that exam, and overall I felt somehow tired and drained. I drank some teas, but I did not wanted to write a tasting note even it was SIPDOWN of Duvet Day.

Flavors: Blueberry, Peach, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
"Youngest"

Martin, I’m so sorry to hear about your exam. You have done so excellently in other classes, I hope you will not beat yourself up about it. It is an exhausting undertaking – even if it did not go as you planned, it is over! Keep moving forward and everything will be okay.

gmathis

Very much the same sentiments from me! Hope a little rest improves your outlook.

ashmanra

I am sorry you feel tired and drained, so take extra good care of yourself right now. You deserve it! Relax without guilt and give yourself a treat! You have worked hard. You are valued!

Martin Bednář

It was first attempt of three I have. So no bad feelings about that. But of course it made me sad.

Relax? Yep, yesterday was like that a bit. But today I have another exam. Luckily I have for this subject some presentations, so it is much easier to study.

I need a break though.

Nattie

I’m going to echo the same sentiments as everyone else. I’m sorry about your exam, and I hope you’re feeling better now. Remember to take a minute to look after yourself!

mrmopar

Today is a new day Martin! Relax a bit and you will get through it.

Kawaii433

Martin, hugs

Martin Bednář

Thank you guys, indeed this community is awesome. We never met, but we are so caring about each other!

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70

The color of this tea is the darkest, most beautiful blue. The flavor is mostly butterfly pea flower and chamomile. The bitter/weird taste of the flower is pretty difficult to cover up, and this blend definitely doesn’t have enough strong flavors to overpower it. This would probably be good if the fruit flavor were turned up a ton. As it is, I can’t really taste the fruit at all. In subsequent brews, the chamomile was the clearest flavor with the butterfly pea flower not tasting too bad, so maybe a shorter brew is key. But I never get any fruit from this blend.

gmathis

I am really liking Adagio’s Bella Luna with butterfly pea flowers, but haven’t noticed anything much other than the blueberry and lemon. Isn’t that blue color gorgeous, though?

AJRimmer

It really is! I definitely want to try that one next time it comes around!

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71

I switched to this after realising my mam had, once again, thrown out the tea leaves I was planning to resteep. Sigh. It was a Butiki tea, too, so I feel cheated.

The base here can be quite astringent, and it was today as I forgot to set my timer while steeping. I added milk to counteract the astringency, and it does help but also muted the fruity flavours. I’ll have to remember to cold steep this some time, I think it would be an excellent candidate! The strawberry is more dominant than the bergamot, which creeps up behind it, and the papaya lingers last after the strawberry fades, and is the softest. I’d like it to be brought out more, even though I do enjoy the strawberry EG I’m getting for the most part, so I’ll have to play with the steeping parameters and see if I can get it to come out more. Maybe a little sugar would help.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shae

Ooh, a strawberry Earl Grey sounds interesting!

Nattie

It is a nice twist on something familiar

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This smelled weird and Roswell Strange who usually finds the good in teas rated this a 21, so I was a bit hesitant about it. Luckily we had apple juice lying around the house so I used a bit of hot water to dissolve some of the powder and then topped it with the juice.

This tastes fine but it mostly tastes like apple juice. A lot of the powder settled to the bottom and that last sip was a whole lot of earthy turmeric nope. So I guess ultimately I’m a fan of apple juice, not this. Going to put the rest into my swap box.

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I’m not sure what i expected with this one, but it wasn’t this lol.it’s more sour cherry than anything…sort of reminds me a little of cherry snowcone from davids tea but less sweet. Marscapone? not really. ALso don’t really taste the oolong…which isn’t a bad thing for me today haha

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Prepared it in the afternoon; as it is from today received subscription envelope (May 2020).

Honestly, I am somehow puzzled about this tea.
2 1/2 tsp, 80°C water.

Dry it is really floral, awesome peach aroma, looks pretty to brew.

But brewed… it is dismal. I was very cautious about the temperature; leaves were nice and pretty. So, added water to cup, steeping bag in and… started to turn green. Pretty green, as fresh green tea can make, no brown notes or anything.

First sip: hm, nothing phenomenal, it’s not bad, but expected more

Second sip: it is having nice grassy note, but sage making it earthy maybe way too much

Third sip: indeed it is earthy, but I notice green tea notes. Not a big deal, but I miss peaches.

Fourth sip: finally some peachy notes, as it cools down, more of them present.

I mean, okay – it’s herbal-green tea, but… it should be more fruity, especially if it is called like that. I expected earthy taste with refreshing peaches, but this is not it. I am sad, as I used to like B&B teas quite a lot, especially for unique flavours and/or combinations, but recently, it’s something missing. Or is extra :( .

Flavors: Cut grass, Earth, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

I think I would probably like this one. Onto the wishlist it goes!

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85
drank Eggnog by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
645 tasting notes

I’d been wanting to try this tea for a while, so thanks to tea-sipper for sharing! It definitely has that bit of a tang that you find in eggnog. The spices are mild, and it’s randomly rather sweet and almost fruity? It tastes better with milk, and I find myself wanting to add extra spices. Cinnamon/nutmeg… I just want some more spices. When I brewed up the last of the bag, there were a lot more spices in that cup. I guess the spices were lurking at the bottom! That cup was pretty delicious. This blend also makes quite the tasty second brew. I actually think I would purchase more of this if it comes back next Christmas.

tea-sipper

I’m glad this blend found the right home to land at!

AJRimmer

Me too – thank you!

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Pushing through the sipdowns today because I’m impatient to get my cupboard under 300 teas. It’s so close!

This came from the EU TTB and is the old blend with less oolong in it. There is a hint of creaminess from the base, but mostly it’s a peppermint-heavy herbal tasting tea. The mint is more sweet than fresh, probably due to the cocoa which comes through a tiny bit right at the end of the sip, as well as the use of the milk oolong. I’d be interested to try the new version which includes more oolong. I think it would give a more successful overall impression of a peppermint cream.

195/397

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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This one is quite popular based on the couple of people that rated it and to be honest I can see why. I mixed it into hot frothed milk and there is a lot of sweet peppermint here. However, I think I just don’t like rooibos “matcha” because I’m not loving this one. It’s the flavor beyond peppermint that I am not liking. This got tossed into the swap box.

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90

Got this one in the morning and now it is 6 pm. I guess today was kind of busy. I had a lecture in the morning, then I had to defend my semster thesis.

Hmm, and I supported local tea shop/room in my University thesis. I bought another package of Guria Likhauri and a T-shirt with their motive. Spend so much… but it is still only a little in their rent. I hope they won’t close down! I have spoke quite a lot with the owner, the rent is quite high — owner let them to don’t pay two rents, but now it is getting more serious for him too.

But to this tea from United Kingdom. It is wonderful in my opinion. Fresh apples, strong on cinnamon, as strudel should be! I as well noticed pastry flavour, which was kind of amazing! I miss bit raisins, but as I know there are people who hate them…

And if you are afraid it is a rooibos – no reason for that ! It’s not woody at all and can’t imagine other base than it.

Yummy!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pastries

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

Does this mean you are done for the semester?

"Youngest"

Congratulations on your thesis defense, how do you feel about it?

Martin Bednář

@derk: It means that lectures are over and now exam period starts!
@"Youngest": How do I feel? Well, little step for Martin, and even smaller for exam. I have to pass another “big” exam from majority of subjects. In English I have passed “credit” (but I don’t know if it works in US) and now exam comes.
So I usually have to pass two exams to pass the subject.

But of course I am happy that I made it! Only few those “small” left and then “big” ones only! So far it is going quite well!

Nattie

Good luck in your exams! I’m sure you’ll do great (:

Martin Bednář

Thank you Nattie!

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I’m not a fan of Victoria Sponge, but the tea is soooo much better than the cake! I saw Martin’s review earlier and have been thinking about this ever since, so I made one great big mug with the last of my leaf to give it a great British send-off until I’ve finished a minimum of 207 more teas… yeah, it might be a while. Even though it’s overleafed there’s no astringency, but there is plenty of tart raspberriness (sure, that’s a word) and some vanilla cakiness (also a word). This was the first tea that ever blew me away with a ‘cake’ note, and I still think it’s one of the best out there for recreating the flavour of an actual dessert. I added sugar, and the raspberry note is brighter than ever now, while the vanilla cream cake takes a back seat. Perfect cup for this afternoon.

It’s not ‘goodbye’, Vicky, it’s only ‘see you later’. Sipdown 190/397.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

I am happy that you found it and liked it! I didn’t liked it first time, but today it was better.

Nattie

Yeah I didn’t like it much at first either but it really grew on me. Thanks for putting the idea in my head! (:

Martin Bednář

Same… I was quite surprised it was such different. Maybe the mood is neccessary to enjoy this tea fully!

Nattie

Quite possibly!

AJRimmer

I approve of adding “ness” or “y” to any word! Equality for all words!

Nattie

Haha, I do it quite often! My notes are very sophisticated :’)

Nattie

aren’t*

Martin Bednář

But you guys are at least native speakers. Not like me :)

gmathis

I second AJRimmer regarding use of vocabulary.

Nattie

@Martin – Your English is better than some native speakers I know! And much better than I can speak any other language (I’m learning but terrible).

Martin Bednář

Thank you Nattie :) I appreciate (I had to check out spelling!) that. Actually, I think it is bit of illusion, as I am writing and can check things out :)

Nattie

You’re too modest! Even in writing I can only say basic phrases in a couple of other languages. I’m learning Sign Language though so that can’t be written down!

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92

I needed a strong and simple flavoured tea.

And what is simplier than an Earl Grey?

Honestly, I am bit sad that it doesn’t contain any citrus pieces. It would make the blend nicer. And only Assam is whole leaf, rest is CTC or BOP tea :(

But blend aroma is wondeful! I notice fresh citrus — bergamot notes. It smells nice and not artificial.

Taste — well the base is indeed well present, quite malty… maybe too much. I noticed as well nice grape notes — similar to Georgian tea. And bergamot flavour? It is just right! Not overpowering, but noticeable in the taste. Could be bit more stronger, or as I wrote before, more citrus notes by zests for example? I don’t know, I am not a tea mixologist. Roswell Strange, could it work?

Flavors: Bergamot, Grapes, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Sipdown! I am on fire today! (181/397)

This blend is light on the green tea, which if anything is a plus for me since I’m not a big fan, but it’s worth noting for anyone wanting to pick this up because they like green tea. It’s actually pretty accurate to the name, though, with some sourness alongside the herbal lemon which is reminiscent of sherbet, and a sweetness which I didn’t expect. I checked Bird & Blend’s website to see if there was any stevia added, but it’s not listed in the ingredients (though this blend is discontinued on the main site, it’s still available on the VIP site). I was actually planning to add some sugar to make it more reminiscent of the sweet, but there was no need to! Though I wasn’t blown away by this tea, I was pleasantly surprised, and I drank my cup down in a flash. It was just what I needed after an afternoon drinking rich black teas.

Thank you KittyLovesTea (who I don’t think uses Steepster any more, sadly) for sharing this with me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Eelong

Wonder if they managed to sneak some licorice root into there? That always seems to be the culprit for weirdly sweet teas that don’t contain stevia.

Martin Bednář

Eelong: No licorice root in, see here: Chinese green tea, lemon verbena, lemon peel, natural flavour.

Looks tasty, but… I just made an order month ago.

Nattie

@Eelong – I wondered about that too, but there’s no liquorice root listed in the ingredients and it didn’t give me that cloying back-of-the-throat sweetness I usually get from liquorice root… it’s weird.

Nattie

@Martin – it’s good, but you’re not missing out too badly.

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This blend has been hanging around my cupboard for a really long time, mostly because the lime and cola flavours aren’t prominent enough for it to make a real impression. This blend has now been retired and replaced with a similar tea using a yerba mate base instead of the guayusa, which I’d be interested to compare when I finally place another order. The scent of this one brewing was super off-putting – it smelled like a barn and that’s not something I want to drink – and while it was hot the dirty hay scent did translate to the flavour of the tea a little bit, while the lime was a whisper in the background and the cola nowhere to be found. I fully thought I was going to dump this cup, but after a few minutes as it started to cool, the hay note started to fade, and now the lime is most prominent (but still soft) and the cola is actually coming through in the aftertaste. It’s fairly pleasant, aside from the occasional sip where I can still taste the hay, but I do wish the lime cola impression was just less delicate overall. I plan on trying this one as a cold brew, as several other Steepsterites have recommended, and am pinning my hopes on trying the new blend as I do think the offputting scent and barn flavour is coming from the guayusa. I would have preferred something with a green or white tea base, though, because mate isn’t my favourite either.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Matcha Smoothie Sipdown (262)

Dumped the rest of the sample into today’s strawberry banana smoothie. It adds a nice chocolate note to the flavor, albeit a subtle one.

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75

So a lot of my matcha is in the freezer but for some reason I keep the small sample tins of matcha in my tea drawers. That means when I’m pulling a matcha to add to my smoothies, I forget about the Bird and Blend ones in the other room. However, today I remembered and when deciding what would go with a strawberry and banana smoothie, cocoa matcha seemed like a good choice.

A lot of the time I think I don’t taste the matcha but then I realize the aftertaste is distinctly chocolate. So it’s adding a nice layer to the smoothie where the strawberry banana flavor is tied off with an chocolate milk quality at the end of the sip. Works for me :)

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