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Bird & Blend Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 1

It’s been a few years since I had the B&B advent. And in all honesty, I wasn’t planning on getting it this year either but then they went and offered free international shipping and I gave in. Plus the design is so cute!

There are actually two sachets in each day this year, meant for sharing. My husband doesn’t drink tea, so I’m just using both sachets to steep up a big 16-ounce mug for myself instead!

I will say, this is extremely similar to the last tea I had – Merry Mistletoe from DAVIDsTEA. It’s a cranberry-flavored fruit tisane with hibiscus, stevia, and a hint of spice. Almost identical really, ha ha… Happily the stevia is less obvious here for me, and I get a bit more of a cherry candy note than cranberry. The spicing is extremely similar and equally subtle. Level of hibiscus is also very similar.

I feel like I drank the same tisane twice tonight! Ha ha… Luckily it was a pleasant one! I will say of the two, I prefer this version due to the subtler stevia. :)

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cherry, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Stevia, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Subtler stevia :)

Cameron B.

I would still prefer none, lol! But at least I couldn’t really tell the sweetness was from stevia here…

Evol Ving Ness

With you on that. I didn’t realize that this brand was fond of stevia too. It’s an epidemic.

Cameron B.

Honestly I don’t remember seeing it in any of their other teas? Maybe it’s something new they’re doing?

Evol Ving Ness

Aargh, I hope they are over it already. Haven’t yet ordered from them and certainly will not if stevia becomes a thing.

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Evol Ving Ness

Subtler stevia :)

Cameron B.

I would still prefer none, lol! But at least I couldn’t really tell the sweetness was from stevia here…

Evol Ving Ness

With you on that. I didn’t realize that this brand was fond of stevia too. It’s an epidemic.

Cameron B.

Honestly I don’t remember seeing it in any of their other teas? Maybe it’s something new they’re doing?

Evol Ving Ness

Aargh, I hope they are over it already. Haven’t yet ordered from them and certainly will not if stevia becomes a thing.

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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- Total 2024 Sipdowns: 36

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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