Tea type
Chai Herbal Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dandelion Root, Flowers, Ginger, Natural Flavours, Red Rooibos, Sunflower Petals
Flavors
Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Rooibos, Black Pepper, Cake, Caramel, Dates, Dried Fruit, Raisins, Rum, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Toffee, Fig, Honey, Wood, Berries, Nutty, Roasted, Spices
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 353 ml

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  • “Thanks again, Cameron B! I’m all there for a fig tea from B&B. I wasn’t expecting much from reading other Steepsterers tasting notes. But thanks to whomever lowered my expectations, because...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2.5 grams, 12 oz Weird, this sampler bag had two teabags in it. After Bird and Blend’s Egg Nog, I was a bit wary of another cinnamon rooibos of theirs. But this one is a much nicer balance of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This will be less of a review and more of an “I, too, drank this” note, mostly because chais are not really my favorites, and this is very chai-esque. However, for a chai type, it’s rather okay. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown! (8) The second sachet from my B&B advent calendar. I had two sachets inside one of my “single serve” wrappers! I also had a pouch of this from my subscription, but ended up selling...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Somewhere between a chai & a Christmas fantasy!

Ingredients
Rooibos, roasted dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, pomegranate flowers, sunflower petals, natural flavouring

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6 Tasting Notes

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Thanks again, Cameron B! I’m all there for a fig tea from B&B. I wasn’t expecting much from reading other Steepsterers tasting notes. But thanks to whomever lowered my expectations, because I really like this. First of all, I have no idea what a figgy pud would actually taste like. But I bet I would like it. I do like figs. I wouldn’t say this tea screams FIG but it does have a nice, creamy dessert type flavor with a flavor that could also slightly resemble fig. Any spicy flavor is also just a hint, so doesn’t overpower the unique dessert flavor in the cup. The blend is a very solid balance between the spice, whatever the creamy fig flavor is, and the rooibos. Now I want some actual whatever-the-heck figgy pud is. I will say that when googling pictures of ‘figgy pudding’, a photo of B&B’s Figgy Pud tin is included in the results, so that’s fun.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

Edited to add: Now that I’m looking at the ratings for this one again, none are too low, so I was possibly thinking of a different blend…
Also, with more noticeable FIG flavor, that would easily push the rating on this much higher.

Mastress Alita

I think the only holiday tea we all unanimously went wat?! at this year was that Eggnog abomination… I really liked this one.

Roswell Strange

Mentally, I know “pud” is referencing pudding but for whatever reason the only thing I picture when I read it is chewing tobacco. Nasty…

tea-sipper

Yeah, I was probably thinking of that ridiculous eggnog tea. I will be trying that one shortly anyway, thanks to Cameron’s sale.
Hmm… I don’t think of tobacco! haha

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2.5 grams, 12 oz

Weird, this sampler bag had two teabags in it.

After Bird and Blend’s Egg Nog, I was a bit wary of another cinnamon rooibos of theirs. But this one is a much nicer balance of flavors. Cinnamon, rooibos, cardamom, and clove notes party together in this festive tea. I pick out a subtle ginger note too. I’ve never had figgy pudding, but if it’s anything like this, I’ll probably like it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I still think it smells like Poinsettia festive candles! (But I really liked this one)

Cameron B.

That’s funny, mine had two teabags in it as well!

Mastress Alita

Now I feel left out. :-(

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This will be less of a review and more of an “I, too, drank this” note, mostly because chais are not really my favorites, and this is very chai-esque. However, for a chai type, it’s rather okay. I won’t have a problem finishing the sample pack. I agree with Cameron B. that there’s a pepper note here — a kind of surprising spike right in the middle, disconcerting at first, and then okay as I decided to just go with it as pepper (I don’t know if it’s really pepper). The main thing for me is that the clove is not overbearing, so I can drink it … but I’m very disappointed there’s no fig flavor. Zero. Is there no fig in figgy pudding? For me this would be waaaaay better with some fig. Odd.

Edit: er, suggestion. Don’t steep this in your plastic gravity infuser. Currently trying to deodorize mine with some strong plain black tea. :(

Mastress Alita

To get odors out, especially off the steeping mesh, cover it in baking soda, then let white vinegar “fizz” over the top and let it soak for a little while, then give it a good rinse. I have to deep clean my gravity well like this from time to time just because it gets so rank.

lizwykys

ooh, good tip!

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Sipdown! (8)

The second sachet from my B&B advent calendar. I had two sachets inside one of my “single serve” wrappers! I also had a pouch of this from my subscription, but ended up selling it to tea-sipper upon request.

I quite like this one, and I’m honestly not sure why. I’m not often a fan of chai, nor am I always a fan of rooibos. But for some reason, this strikes a good balance in many ways.

The main flavors for me are cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and black pepper. And I actually enjoy the pepperiness here, when often I find it strange in tea. There’s also a nice dried fruity note, I suppose representing the fig in the pudding. I wouldn’t call it specifically fig, but it is a sort of sticky dried fruit flavor with honeyed notes. The pepper flavor sort of builds as I continue to sip, with an interesting tongue-tingling effect.

And the rooibos base is nice and deep, with brown sugar/caramel and wood notes.

I’m not sure it’s really pud-ish. But it is a nice rooibos chai with some subtle fruity notes. I’m not sure I would feel the need to stock it, as I’m not generally a chai aficionado, but I’m very glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Dried Fruit, Fig, Honey, Spicy, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

Yes, thank you again for sharing so many B&B blends. I’m very happy I get to try them. I think I loved B&B’s whole deal since they started. :D

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Holiday Tea-son! This is the tea in my advent calendar today, an herbal so I’m fixing it up as my night brew. I really didn’t care for the last rooibos chai I had from B&B, Gingerbread Chai, which I have decided to gift to a friend because I just have too large of a bag to ever sip down when I just don’t like it enough; I found that tea to have a strong “holiday candle” sort of aroma, and while this tea doesn’t have the same aroma as Gingerbread Chai, it is still reading very much as one of those “holiday candle” sort of scents.

Hopefully this spice blend will just be more to my liking… my main issue with Gingerbread Chai is I could tell they had used some sort of flavoring in the rooibos that I am certain they also use in their Birthday Cake rooibos, and I have formed a stomach aversion specifically to that Birthday Cake Rooibos blend because I got hit with a nasty case of food poisoning on my birthday last year, and that was the last thing I’d had before the sickness hit (note it was my burger that caused the food poisoning, certainly not the tea, but that just happens to be what my stomach has attached the aversion to…) Whenever I taste that particular flavoring, I feel queasy. So if that flavoring isn’t in this chai (and if it isn’t so ginger-heavy, and the aroma smells much more cinnamon forward) hopefully it’ll be more up my ally.

The aroma smells quite sweet, still very cinnamony, and I still can’t stop thinking of spice candles! I definitely like the flavor of this one better than Gingerbread Chai… it is spicy and produces a nice warmth, but I don’t find that it is lingering in my mouth in an unpleasant way. There is a slight heat at the back of the throat, but it settles down rather quickly, and I taste a better blend of the spices rather than just a really potent ginger kick like I was getting with the other tea. The cinnamon seems to be the most forward spice, though I get a lot of clove notes as well, with the ginger/cardamom leaving a spicier note at the end of the sip. The base of the tea definitely doesn’t have that vanilla/cherry tasting flavoring that came out so strongly once I’d added milk to Gingerbread Chai and immediately set off my stomach aversion; the base of this tea is hard for me to describe… it really makes me think of those poinsettia spiced candles, if you could imagine that without any soapy context to the flavor. It’s not exactly reading as floral in taste, though, more fruity, perhaps like dried tart berries, in the most subtle of ways… and it’s a bit roasty/nutty?

I actually really like this one! I’d say this might be my favorite tea from the calendar after Christmas Cake, even though I fail entirely trying to properly describe it.

Flavors: Berries, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutty, Roasted, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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