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I was super excited to see that this would be in my Bird & Blend subscription, as I’d been wanting to try it since it was announced. When it arrived, I was a bit hesitant about the smell- I mostly got a synthetic chocolate note, which I generally hate. I finally steeped this up- directly in some oat milk on the stove. It’s just okay. I don’t really get hazelnut. I find it to be more chocolate+marzipan.

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I bought this on sale in July because it was super cheap, but I had no interest in it. Today I finally tried it and wow was I wrong. It doesn’t even need sugar. This marshmallow flavor is so delicious. There’s a bit of toastiness and lots of marshmallow. Geez this is good.

Martin Bednář

I am not sure if it spark my interest, but it seems nice.

tea-sipper

Rice Moo-long was a good find in the sale.

Kawaii433

Putting it on my wish list. Sounds delicious.

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Just finishing off a mug of this tea now – it’s not my favourite.

I had to go and double check the ingredients because this has the same sticky, cloying sweet taste of licorice root that I hate but there’s not actually licorice root in the blend so I think I’m tasting the fennel combined with the sweetness of the guarana. It actually started making me feel just a smidge queasy towards the end of the mug. Aside from that, this is an ok chai – most of your typical chai notes are present, cinnamon is the primary one and it has both that sweet red hot cinnamon note and the more woody/earthy dry “cinnamon bark” element. It felt weird on my tongue…

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This came in my subscription packet from Bird & Blend just yesterday. I am so stoked, because this month I think I will love all three teas! I decided to try this one this afternoon. The name reminds me of those Ferrerro Roche candies. Yum, I love those things, so I was glad to try this tea.

I bet this tea has a heavenly scent. I had my steroid shot about a month ago but the sense of smell never returned. Pity. No smelling the Thanksgiving turkey roasting or the aroma of apple pie baking. And no scent of the festive teas. I hate that. I really wish they would find an actual cure of Samters. If I were a person of the male persuasion with a certain dysfunction, I would have my pick of treatments. But breathing and smelling isn’t as important I suppose.

Okay, this tea. Smooth. Very smooth. Brews up a nice amber color. The mouth feel is silky. The hazelnuts are ‘carmelised’ with sugar. There is a very faint note of sweetness, but not that icky sweetness from stevia. I can taste sweet, and this was barely there. Just enough to round out the flavor. It had a very faint hint of astringency at one point when it cooled. Next time I shall drink it faster so it doesnt’ get to that temp.

All in all, this first of the teas in the subscription package is delightful. I can see myself ordering 50 grams of this in the future.

Flavors: Caramel, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Matcha Milk Sipdown (222)

This was a free simple with my advent calendar…even though if I remember correctly, it is also in my advent calendar.

To me this tastes like Mermaid Matcha…but not as vanilla-y thus not as good. That’s not to say this isn’t good. I just prefer Mermaid Matcha for the vanilla frosting type goodness. This is more soft vanilla custard.

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84

When it was hot, this tea was kind of eh. Once it’s cooled down to room temperature, it’s rather lovely! I never have nuts and fruit together, so at first I didn’t notice what I was tasting, but the almond and strawberry are both present, and they complement each other so nicely. I look forward to having more!

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Oof…

This was a rough tea – and it’s a primarily chamomile blend so I knew it wasn’t exactly going to be my tea, but it was definitely less pleasant than I’d already expected it to be. Really intense chamomile, but also a hint of cinnamon/clove and this really gross soapy taste that I couldn’t attribute to any of the ingredients on the ingredients list. I mean, it is really vibrant blue so I guess that’s pretty but I think that’s more of a novelty than a selling point.

I didn’t finish the mug…

Martin Bednář

I hope they have not included it in subscription.

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75

Todd has now returned to California after doing a bang up job putting up blinds and curtains in my condo all weekend (he is a saint!) On Sunday afternoon I prepared afternoon tea for us and I asked him what kind of tea he wanted, and he said he wanted a chai. I hadn’t even opened this package yet (I know, big surprise with me!) so I decided to make this one. He’s vegan but fine with honey. I like to make chai by simmering it on the stove, so I did two cups vanilla almond milk mixed with two cups water and four heaping teaspoons of the Sticky Chai mix (it really was quite goopy/sticky!) simmered on the stove for about 10-15 minutes, then strained into my teapot.

It was good, just right if you don’t like your chai in the “overly spicy” range. I probably could’ve done with maybe 1-2 more teaspoons for the 4 cups liquid to get to my personal perfect zone, but it was still very nice, a smooth blend, warm and satisfying, and I found a lot of the spices really popped the further down we worked in the pot, particularly the clove and cardamom flavors. I enjoyed dipping shortbread cookies (Todd had vegan-friendly Biscoff) into the tea and snacking and just having a breather. It was the first time I’ve had a friend for tea at my new house.

I still need to experiment with the ratios since I am not used to not being able to really measure the same way with tea that is stuck together in globs of honey (I am a precise “dump it on a tea scale and get a milligram weight” kind of gal!) but sometime the moment outweighs all else.

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Licorice, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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90

Another tea from today!

I don’t know why but the name of this tea really gets me – like, it’s cute and adorable as a stand alone name but also kind of witty/clever as a Spice Girl’s reference which feels extra clever since it came from a British tea company. Like, why does that hit me so much!? I had the bag of this tea at my desk today and every time someone came by while I was drinking the mug I would thrust the bag at them and excitedly squeal “look at this tea! The name is so cute!” It was like one of those out of body experiences where I was watching myself get excited about it and I just reacting with slight amusement and lots of confusion…

As for the taste!? Well, I actually enjoyed this A LOT more than I expected to. My initial fear was that it was basically just going to be a whole lot of spices and it would just taste like a generic pumpkin spice mix without either a unique element to the profile or any actual pumpkin. Well, colour me shocked because it was delicious. Definitely a spice blend to be sure – but the combination of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and just a little ginger are very well balanced. I particularly loved the amount of clove in the blend; it was distinct and so tasty. However, the best part was this thick and creamy vanilla note that I wasn’t prepared for, along with a hint of pumpkin – mind you, I imagine it was a pumpkin flavouring comboed with either just vanilla flavouring or either cream or vanilla cream flavouring but those notes were really smooth and strong. It actually tasted like having a slice of sweet pumpkin pie with cinnamon baked into the crust topped with a scoop of fresh vanilla ice cream and finely ground pumpkin spices. Really accurate and well done! Definitely more interesting than a straight up “pumpkin spice” blend, that’s for sure!

Only criticism is the sprinkles – cute as they are (and they are cute) I really just don’t think they’re necessary in the blend. I mean, I don’t love sprinkles in tea blends in the first place but in the case of this tea is just seems like something meant to elevate the visual, but I think the visual looks just fine – appropriate for the tea as it stands…

tea-sipper

I think the original blend needs that hint of sweetness from the sprinkles. It’s a perfect blend. I haven’t tried Baby Spice yet though!

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Something that I had at work today…

This tea reminds me heavily of DT’s Buddha’s Blend white tea – both it terms of the name and the ingredients as well. I’m not totally sure if that was intentional or not on the part of Bird & Blend. It’s not like floral white teas and taking inspiration from Zen Buddhism is unique to DT – but it’s enough of a coincidence that I could by that potentially it was on purpose…

I actually like this better than Buddha’s Blend – though to be honest neither are exactly my cup of tea. However, the reason I enjoy this one more is because it’s just a lot less tempermentel to steep (Buddha’s Blend gets really bitter VERY quickly), and I like the combination of jasmine and spearmint more than jasmine and peach. There’s a great clarity to the flavours in this tea – they come out really sweet and well rounded but distinct and fully realized. I really appreciate when a tea is about to be delicate and soft/gentle but still have great and refined flavours.

Would I purchase this one!? No – I’m just not a big fan of jasmine and that’s pretty prominent. However, I have respect for the blend and totally get why people would love it.

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It’s chilly outside and I wanted something spicy and comforting, but had a black tea at breakfast, so wasn’t quite ready for another one. In comes this beauty that I had received in my B&B subscription. It has a predominately cinnamon aroma. The flavor is a nice combination of cloves, ginger, and cinnamon, and the green base is nice and mild. The ingredients list chili peppers, but I’m not getting any of the heat I would expect from the chili’s. Overall, a bit more mild than I expected but still an enjoyable, comforting cup.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Green

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Another new (to me) Bird & Blend matcha!

I suppose this is technically speaking not a matcha – but I’m down with more liberal interpretations of what a matcha is so I don’t mind the branding choice. It was very easy to “whisk” up, though it doesn’t really froth like a matcha and the particles don’t stay suspended in the water as long as a matcha would.

In terms of taste this is DELICIOUS – but why wouldn’t it be!? I love almost anything pina colada flavoured, and I especially love when a pina colada inspired tea puts a bit more emphasis on the pineapple. That’s exactly what’s happening here! I mean, technically any pineapple I’m tasting is coming from flavouring and not actual pineapple – but I’m sure the lemon peel/lucuma/baobab are playing into the general fruitiness as well. I kinda get the lemon in particular; it’s just vaguely citrusy which works with the strong tropical vibes. Coconut is a little creamy, but mostly sweet. In general, this matcha is very sweet. Very, very sweet. It’s kind of sticky and coating too – I feel like it’s lingering in the bed of my mouth for a really long time and while I find it awesome I totally get how this whole tea would probably be a little much for anyone who doesn’t love sweet things, pineapple, or both…

The other note worthy thing? ZERO texture issues! That’s a big trigger for me with Bird & Blend matchas – but this one is smooth a silk.

Yeah. I’m a fan.

VariaTEA

How did you prep it. I have this at home and need to make it.

Roswell Strange

Just whisked a matcha spoon and a half (roughly; I eyeballed) in a mug of near boiling water.

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I’ll be honest, the name pulled me in.

Like, I saw the ingredients list and realized I probably wouldn’t like it and I still wanted to try it because of the fucking name. Marketing is crazy, y’all.

As expected, this isn’t my jam. The cinnamon flavour is pretty nice – it’s that sweet “Cinnamon Hearts” kind of taste but a little softer/milder. I think if this was give a cinnamon (or spice in general) and green tea combo I’d be ok with it. However, it’s also really rose heavy, and almost has a fruity undertone as well? The mix of the cinnamon and rose is really unappealing to me – I don’t think they compliment, and it’s doing this funky thing where it also kind of tastes like Febreze or really perfumed baby wipes!?

Again – I’m not surprised, I knew when I saw the ingredient list that this wasn’t for me. I was hoping to be surprised, but it’s ok. You can’t love everything and I appreciate what they were going for here.

(And that name is still damn good.)

VariaTEA

I wanted this because of the name too but I resisted lol

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I’ve had a couple cups of this now and I can’t decide what I think of it. To me it is warm water. I can’t taste anything . Of course, someone else probably could taste it perfectly well, but with no sense of smell, I rely on the ‘feel’ . Like, peppermint and ginger and other spices leave a sensation on my tongue. I can taste sweet. I can taste bitter or sour. At least it is not bitter. That really ruins a tea for me. Or things like hibiscus are so tangy that it is unpleasant.

This is not at all unpleasant. I just don’t taste anything. Maybe I’ll double the amount I use next time.

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90

Delicious! I bought a small bag of this the last time it came around as a seasonal without realising that it was a seasonal — very distressing when I came to re-order and found I couldn’t! There’s a lovely light, sweet nuttiness to this blend that goes along with a very rich mouthfeel to make a really delicious cup.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Hazelnut, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
3 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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80

Really nice, full, sweet black tea — I can’t say I noticed the marshmallows made any huge flavor difference but they looked really cute.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
3 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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Thanks to AJRimmer for this one!
I didn’t read the ingredients and added cream, and it curdled. Boo. I drank it anyway, though. Really enjoyed the cup. I could definitely taste the cherry and cocoa notes pretty equally. The more I sipped the more I actually enjoyed it. Very pleasant!

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

I drink mine with skim milk and haven’t experienced curdling so far luckily!

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drank Sangria by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
413 tasting notes

My first cup, I found this rather sour, even with the usual amount of sugar added. The second time I made it, I gave it a shorter steep and less leaf, and that helped cut the sourness a lot. The main flavor is hibiscus, but I can also taste something like pineapple in there. It’s a little tropical. I definitely would have enjoyed more strawberry since I don’t find it to be too similar to its name. I’ve been enjoying it room temperature or cold. If you don’t like hibiscus, you likely won’t enjoy this one. It’s not the best ever, but the flavor is strong and when brewed properly, the sourness is at a level I can enjoy, like a sour candy.

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruit Punch, Red Fruits, Spices

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Flavors: banana, Cinnamon

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Tastes just like churro toffee from Disneyland!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Molasses, Spices

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Flavors: Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Spices

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Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Sweet

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