Four times a year Bluebird Tea Co. treat us to brand new seasonal teas. This is the ever creative Autumn 2017 collection.
Ingredients: Chinese Sencha Green Tea, Pear Pieces, Jasmine Blossom and Natural Flavouring.
Brew Guide: 80°c, 3 Minutes.
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Tasting Note: The notes of this blend are fruity, creamy and sour rolled into one. Is it weird to say that it smells like rhubarb and custard sweets? Probably, but it totally does! Jasmine Poached Pears tastes fruity, with a light jasmine flavour that combines with a tickle of grassy sencha. As a massive lover of jasmine, my heart ached for a strong jasmine note, so the gentleness was initially disappointing. But, the more I worked my way through the blend, the more I appreciated the balance of fruit and florals. Not exactly what I was expecting, but I ended up loving it!
Ingredients: Rooibos, Cinnamon, Ginger, Freeze-dried Banana, Cardamom, Vanilla Pieces, Natural Flavouring.
Brew Guide: 100°c, 4+ Minutes.
Tasting Note: To me, this didn't smell like banana bread or even banana! More like chai a la caramel. I find I've been increasingly going off rooibos, particularly in times of high stress, because the aroma seems to be triggering headaches (anyone else get this? Or do I have a weird anomaly?) Also caffeine, I need caffeine... Overall, I wasn't certain about this blend. I didn't seem to hate it or love it.
Ingredients: Sri Lankan Black Tea, Coffee Beans, Yerba Mate, Cocoa Shells, Cocoa Nibs, Calendula Petals, Sunflower Petals and Natural Flavouring.
Brew Guide: 100°c, 4 Minutes.
Tasting Note: There's an earthy goodness to this tea that makes it different. It's way more of a savoury tea than a sweet chocolate blend. Ceylon, coffee and dark chocolate are present flavours, but none are overpowering or off-putting (especially to someone, like me, who doesn't like coffee). I enjoyed this blend a little, and I loved the caffeine boost, but ultimately I prefer my tea without coffee!
Ingredients: Chinese Sencha Green Tea, Cocoa Shells, Aniseed, Cinnamon, Safflower and Natural Flavouring.
Brew Guide: 80°c, 3 Minutes.
Interested in green tea? You can learn more about sencha!
Tasting Note: Treacle Sponge is the smell of nostalgia! Anyone else remember those sticky toffee puddings that came in a tin? That's what this tea smells like to me! I remember my mom would make them with custard, as an after-dinner treat. For anyone who didn't get this wonderful experience as a child, you can now experience it in liquid form. It shouldn't be a surprise that this tea smells sweet, cakey and treacle-y. And the flavour? A punch of vanilla, slight green tea notes and a lingering cake-like finish. It smells great and tastes great, but it also looks beautiful. It's like a mini firework of tea. It actually turned out to be my favourite of the collection.
As usual, my feelings towards the different teas varied from hot to luke-warm to down-right-cold. Is this bad? Not at all! I like to think this means the collection caters to a HUGE variety of palettes, allowing a little something for everyone to enjoy (even the coffee lovers)!