I finally woke up enough to go to the shop, so that meant I could buy some honey and make a start on Bluebird’s Easter collection. The first of those – and one I’ve tried before – is Easter Egg Nests. I think it was probably the year before last when I picked up my previous sample, so my recollection of it isn’t the clearest. The most I ever did was stick 1 tsp of it in water, though, so it wasn’t particularly exciting…
This year, I’m following Bluebird’s recipe and making it up as a latte. The instructions stipulate 3tsp of tea in 100ml water, topped off with 300ml milk. I adjusted slightly, using 250ml milk and 150ml water, because 1/4 litre of milk is enough for anyone and I want to actually be able to taste the tea. I was slightly dubious anyway, because it brews up basically white. More so when I added squirty cream instead of frothed milk. I needn’t have feared, though, because it actually tastes really good.
A lot of chocolate teas taste, at best, like watery hot chocolate. This one actually tastes of melted milk chocolate, even given the quantity of milk I’ve drowned it in. What sets it apart is the light background toastiness (a little like a genmaicha, although perhaps not as strong…) which is absolutely reminiscent of puffed rice cereal. In fact, what this tea actually tastes of is cocoa pops. That’s spot-on accurate for this flavour of this one, and I’m glad I managed to figure that out before trying to put my finger on it drove me mad. More specifically, it tastes like the milk cocoa pops have sat in for a while (you know, when they’ve gone a bit soggy), at least as a latte.
I don’t get “mini eggs” as such, although it’s sweet enough to invoke thoughts of their crisp sugar shells. I certainly get the “nest” part, though. That’s there, 100%.
I’m glad this one works well as a latte, because I’ve basically been waiting for it to be released this year for that reason alone. The only other tea I’m quite so eager to see back is Spiced Pumpkin Pie in the autumn, because I’ve got plans for that. Hopefully this won’t be the year they decide to skip it!
Anyway, for the moment, Easter Egg Nests is love!