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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
2247 tasting notes

From my order during the boxing day sale. This has been a solid member of the Bluebird teas collection since I can remember and I thought I’d give it a try. I see banana bits and calendula petals in the blend. Overall, there is a light banana flavor which is great, a little creaminess. The ingredients lists vanilla but I don’t really notice that. I could swear that calendula petals create a creamy flavor though, or else calendula is always in these types of teas that have that additional flavor (pancake, etc). Otherwise, the Ceylon is a little boring to me as Ceylon usually is. But if there is some banana and a little creaminess here, I’m fine with that.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

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I’ve always wanted to try this classic Bluebird blend and I finally was able to with a free teabag with my order. I’m a little glad that I didn’t buy any, as this Earl just isn’t MY Earl. Nothing here is what I would prefer with an Earl, but that is just my tastes. First, the bergamot isn’t my favorite… I’m a little picky with what particular bergamot flavor I like. There is NO creme flavor to speak of, which surprised me. Bluebird flavors are usually spot on. Even though there should be vanilla here, I don’t taste any of that either. The black tea brews up a nice dark red on the first steep, but the second steep the flavor is barely there even though I let it steep for seven minutes. I’m a little glad there is a Bluebird tea I DON’T like…. just wish it wasn’t this one as I’m still on the hunt for my favorite Earl.
Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 7 minute steep

Nattie

Have you tried Terry’s Tea? I love Bluebird but that one is awful!

tea-sipper

Ha, I actually just finished my Terry’s a couple days ago. It’s better to me than this Earl. :D

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70
drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
462 tasting notes

While I’m not actually the biggest fan of fresh bananas, I do love me a loaf of banana bread and have really enjoyed a handful of banana-flavored teas that I’ve tried: Butiki’s Hello Sweetie and A Quarter to Tea’s Banana Nut Pancakes stand out in my memory. This one is okay, but definitely not a standout. The base tea is very smooth and mild, playing a supporting role to the slightly artificial banana and vanilla flavoring. Nice, but forgettable.

Flavors: banana, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

I wasn’t expecting much from this one because rooibos, but it somehow became a family favourite. My sister and mother both asked where this tea came from and when I could pick up more, which never happens; usually everyone’s on my case about too much tea!

Cardamom and ginger are the main spices (they actually give off a bit of real fire!), with a slightly sweet appeal. Needless to say, it tastes good in milk.

So that’s a winner, Bluebird Tea Co!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cookie, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

My family like this a whole lot more than I do, too!

tea-sipper

Yay, more Bluebird fans! I love this one too.

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81

I needed something festive to help me feel the spirit of the season, and I needed something decaf to help keep my blood pressure and anxiety at a minimum throughout the holiday blitz. Throughout this winter season, I’ve been brewing Gingerbread Chai from Bluebird. This rooibos chai has many of the usual spice suspects: ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. The cinnamon is the most prominent flavor, and I found myself wanting more of a ginger bite to make for a spicier chai. This tea is smooth and warming, with the baked-good quality of cardamom and cinnamon. Most notably, this tea also has mallow blossoms mixed in, which make for a unique visual style and which bring a certain floral, marshmallow sweetness to the tea. Now that I’ve survived the holidays, and everything is settling down, I am getting towards the end of this bag of tea. All things considered, Gingerbread Chai has served me well and I’ll keep an eye out for it next season.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Ginger, Marshmallow, Nutty, Vanilla

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When I ordered a bunch of holiday teas from Bluebird earlier this year, I included a note that I would love to try any of the banana teas that the company offered. Thanks, Bluebird! I received a sample of two banana teas with my order. First up is Monkey Chops.

Monkey Chops has a ceylon black tea base with added vanilla flavoring and banana pieces. I’m a fan of banana in all its forms, the actual fruit, flavored candy, spiced banana bread, creamy banana desserts, etc. and I have to say, this tea actually does taste like bananas-and-cream black tea! Even without milk, the brew has plenty of creamy notes and smooth banana flavor. I’d love to upgrade my sample to a full bag next time and try out all kinds of lattes and desserts with this tea. Banana isn’t a flavor you see in teas everyday, and with a name like Monkey Chops, how can you resist?

Flavors: banana, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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85
drank Mulled Cider by Bluebird Tea Co.
2247 tasting notes

Tasting note written a couple nights ago: This was in a mini-box of gift teas that Bluebird was selling during their sale. I was happy I get to try it! It’s a different play on their Mulled Wine that I tried ONCE before and was one of my favorite herbal teas. (Mulled wine was also included in the gift box even though they barely had it for sale this year!) I always get worried when I see hibiscus listed in ingredients, but I should always remember that Bluebird always uses the perfect amount of hibiscus. Their blends never overdue the stuff, or maybe I always get the perfect little teaspoon. The flavor here is perfectly balanced between fruit and spice, with hints of tartness from the hibiscus. The brew is only light pink and NOT a murder of dark red hibiscus. I actually steeped for three minutes but on noticing that the brew was pink, went on for another three minutes because I knew the hibiscus wouldn’t be overdone. (I must use this rule for other hibiscus blends.) The main fruit note is apple, so mulled cider it is! I need to save this tea for when I know I’ll want to guzzle TWO steeps of no-caff at night. I’m happy with Bluebird’s herbals! This is about the highest rating I’ll give for any tea with hibiscus though, even if done well. Steepsterers really need to be drinking Bluebird’s teas more!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // couple minutes after boiling // 6 minute steep

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90

See my full review on Sororitea Sisters, where I talk about Hostess Cakes and tea:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/01/01/holiday-blend-alert-snowball-from-bluebird-tea-co/

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Cream, Marshmallow

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50
drank Snowball by Bluebird Tea Co.
107 tasting notes

A bitter tea with strong toasted notes and a mild coconut finish. The flavour is more akin to a heavy dark chocolate, than a light fluffy snowball. However, it’s still a fairly comforting brew, that becomes a lot smoother and creamier with the addition of milk. The coconut could be stronger, but overall it’s a decent brew that is an unusual Christmas tea addition, due to the inclusion of coconut.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Coconut, Creamy

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A musty fruity flavour, provided by the apples and hibiscus, hints at a faint essence of cider, that becomes a little tart in the finish. This is combined by a spiced element of cinnamon and cloves with a tiny tang of ginger right at the finish.

Flavors: Fruity, Musty, Spices

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A musty aroma combines with cinnamon to provide a mulled feel. Whereas the actual flavour is a little more fruity with clear notes of elderberry. I’m not a massive fan of elderberry, so wasn’t too keen on this blend. However, I would definitely recommend to elderberry lovers! This was obviously a cute attempt at a festive fruit tea.

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Hibiscus

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Inspired by a Nordic city that builds lifesize gingerbread every year, this blend is full of the caramelised flavours of rooibos and carries the warming tang of ginger. The other ingredients aren’t obvious, but if you leave to steep for over 4 minutes the ginger becomes stronger and increases the spicy peppery element.

A little disappointing, especially as Bluebird blends are generally really tasty! Wouldn’t recommend, but only because I have recently tried better Gingerbread Rooibos (Kettleshed)

Flavors: Caramel, Ginger, Rooibos

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No notes for this one? It’s not exactly new, either – I ordered it in June last year, then I got scared, and it’s been sitting in my cupboard until now. I figured a medicinal style blend might be appropriate given that I’m feeling pretty icky just at the moment, so here goes.

This is Bluebird’s version of a Ba Bao Cha, and it contains jasmine green tea, ginger, goji berries, ginseng, extra jasmine, and gynostemma. I have no idea about that last. I do remember now why I’ve put this one off so long – jasmine, ginger, and goji berries are not among my favourite things. Quite the opposite, in fact. But tea is there to be tried, so I bought it anyway.

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. There’s not a lot to say about this one, I don’t think. It’s not a strong flavour, but what flavour there is is mostly jasmine with a hint of smooth, grassy green tea. It has a “herbal” aspect to it, and it verges on medicinal. You can tell it’s a blend that’s trying to do some good! It’s easy enough to drink, fresh and clean tasting. I’d not hurry out to buy it again, but it’s certainly not obnoxious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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70

I was enchanted to try this tea due to its lovely snowflake sprinkles and the festive name. I was craving something warm and sweet and spicy to put me in the holiday spirit. This tea had all the winning pieces in the ingredients lists, cloves, orange peel, almond and vanilla, even spruce needles!

When I opened the bag of this loose leaf, I was a little surprised when I was hit with a strong waft of almond liqueur and amaretto. I suppose I was imagining more of a “coffee” Christmas cake for this flavor, with a focus on cinnamon and spice. Instead, this tea is definitely meant to emulate the alcohol-heavy fruitcakes of the season. When brewed, the liqueur flavor becomes more subdued, and notes of vanilla and marzipan come forward. The cloves, orange, and spruce are very minimal.

This blend has grown on me the more I’ve brewed it— now that I’m in the mindset and mood for a gently-spiced amaretto brew. It’s definitely unique, I haven’t had another tea quite like it! Christmas Cake is perfectly festive for this time of year in look and flavor, and it’s a limited edition blend, so it’s worth a try before the season changes.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Cake, Cinnamon, Marzipan

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Oh wow… seeing the description of this tea and tasting it…. it’s EXACTLY the tea I was dreaming and hoping it is! It’s just so…. jammy! Exactly the jammy flavor I wanted in this brew, which is odd because I can’t recall this flavor being in any other Bluebird teas I’ve tried. It really does seem like strawberry jam/jelly and ice cream to me (which isn’t really an American thing, but it sounds divine.) It doesn’t just taste like strawberry like any other strawberry tea though… it’s JAM. There is slight creaminess from the coconut. The hibiscus I was worried about doesn’t really make an appearance in the flavor, unless the tartness gets buried in all the jam. I’m so glad. Very happy with this tea! It’s a cup full of strawberry jam with a dab of vanilla ice cream. Bluebird wins again! Sadly, it isn’t available on the site right now. (I ordered a few teas from Bluebird because I knew most of the teas I’d be ordering would go missing for a while… or for good?)
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// couple minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4+ minute steep

Edited to add: Actually, it is still on Bluebird’s site but you have to buy 150grams of it at 20% off at the moment.

Flavors: Cream, Jam, Strawberry

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drank Christmas Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
1914 tasting notes

Oh God, why does this smell like pickles today? Why? I don’t even have pickles in the house!
Its, well, I can’t say I’m loving this. Or possibly even liking it. It tastes like a spicy….pickle? Come on, whats with that? Argh!
Eeeeh, this is a first from my cupboard….

Fjellrev

I’ve had spicy blends go vinegary and pickle-like in the past.

Dustin

That is really weird!

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drank Christmas Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
1914 tasting notes

Tis the week before Christmas, so we are going to be doing a lot of holiday teas! I’ve even busted out my holiday tea cup, with its festive sprigs of holly around the rim and saucer.
This tastes like a spice blend, with clove and maybe cinnamon in it?
I was honestly expecting something sweeter, but its still palatable.
Let the holiday teas really begin!

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The last few days I already had a sore throat, but this morning I got up feeling a wrack! Fortunately, I could sleep a couple of hours longer, took a paracetamol, had a nice hot shower and this enabled me – just – to face the day. Slowly but surely trying to get things done…and then, a nice comforting tea comes in handy!
Snowball is a sample the nice people from Bluebird Tea co. added to my order and I thought this tea would be the perfect “comfort tea”…and it sure is! I used to like a good cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, but it seems as though I grew out of it. Here I´m having this tea and as far as my – limited for feeling ill – taste buds tell me, this IS hot chocolate with marshmallows. The coconut adds nicely to the blend as well.
I´m not sure whether I´m still into having this type of tea on a regular basis, but today it did what it needed to do. For people who like chocolate drinks, this is by far the best tea based drink I have had up to now; for Xmas tea fans, this is a nice alternative w/o the spices. Contrary to other reviews, I don´t feel it´s necessary to add milk to the tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Marshmallow

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Ingredients: Chinese pu’erh tea, Chinese oolong tea, ginger, orange, ginseng, fennel.

The combination of Puer and Oolong sounds strange but ginger and orange is winning me over. It sounds so complex that I have no idea what it’s going to be like.

Steeping: 1 bag in boiling water for 3-4 minutes

Once steeped the tea bares a dry and very Puer scent. If you haven’t had the pleasure it’s an earthy and dry scent.

The first few sips reveal a dry, dark and somewhat refreshing blend. It’s almost minty, or mint like anyway. I imagine the fennel and ginseng is giving the refreshing tones. The Oolong is not really noticeable but the Puer is the most dominant. It’s mild really in flavour.

A few sips more reveal the mint like taste is more licorice like now, much darker and deeper than it was at first. I really dislike licorice though and am having to try and ignore it.

For the most part it’s like a mild orange and Puer tea. It’s not juicy orange or very noticeable because of the refreshing aniseed after taste.

It might be a unique blend that excites some people but it’s just not for me. Anything aniseed makes me screw my face up.

https://kittylovestea.com/2016/12/16/bluebird-tea-co-advent-calendar-of-tea-day-16/

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2nd tea I´m having on my birthday is a little treat. Guilt free, as it clearly and wisely says on the pouch. The loose tea mainly smells of custard, while the rhubarb comes through when steeping the tea. Nothing too aggressive, nothing too sweet (only the loose tea aroma´s, I guess), and all is maintained very well until the final sip. Wonderful, and definitely solid enough to replace dessert!

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Finally managed to order some tea from Bluebird tea co. I bought mainly Xmas presents, but as a treat (and to get to the amount of zero post&package!) I got me this tea. I´m fond of rhubarb in all the possible appearances it might arrive in, and this combination (the custard addition) was kind of fascinating. It also got wonderful reviews and a “great taste” rating… I would therefore try it out as soon as it arrived…and there we are!
Generally I find rooibos quite boring, but as it isn´t showing off in this blend, I´m quite OK with it. The smell of the tea is brilliant…definitely the custard steals the show, and the rhubarb is blended in in a very subtle way. Steeping (for 4+ minutes) gets you a really nice drink, where the rhubarb gets to shine this time. So rhubarb in mouth and custard in nose, and the senses are glad, very glad. As far as I am concerned, this is a far better combination than the traditional Xmas blends (cinnamon etc.)…and less tiring as well.

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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65
drank MojiTEA by Bluebird Tea Co.
107 tasting notes

Currently supping away at a mini sample I had of this! Been sitting in the cupboard for a little well so thought I would finally give it a whirl!

Thought it was a herbal blend so whacked 100C water over it oppsie! Despite this I done seem to have ruined the green tea much, not bitterness to report! :)

Moderate minty aroma.

Flavour is lovely! Can image this so easily iced with a bit of tipple added in! Flavour is fairly citrusy and again moderately minty. Lovely!

For more on tea visit my blog: www.TastetheTea.co.uk

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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was super excited about this tea and I thought it may have been something a little different. However, I found the aroma to be disappointing, not particularly smelling of either strawberry or lemonade. I also felt the flavour was lacking a little. The notes were all their just quite muted. Not something I would expect from Bluebird, which is a real shame.

I did steep this with hot water and in hind sight think I should have gone for cold brewing this as its quite a summery blend. Fingers crossed for next time!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lemon, Strawberry

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