Tea type
Black Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Cacao, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Red Fruits, Tannin, Cocoa, Cake, Chocolate, Cream, Pleasantly Sour, Hibiscus
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 9 oz / 279 ml

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  • “Made a nice big pot of this yesterday afternoon to share with people around the office. The aroma of the steeping tea is quite heavenly and definitely had the right balance of almost fudge-y but...” Read full tasting note
  • “2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 17 From Emilie! This has a very deep chocolate aroma and I do notice the fruity red cherry flavor as well. Once steeped, it tastes more of chocolate than fruit though. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thanks to AJRimmer for a chance to try this! This was day #1 of my advent calender. Also thank you for the advice to add some sweetener! I’m glad I followed this because I think if I had tried this...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is an interesting tea.. there isn’t anything that really sticks out and makes it super tasty, but I still keep drinking it despite its lack of true flavor. I was expecting a stronger...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

We’re bringing back an old school classic and taking you to the heart of Germany’s Black Forest with this fruity black tea. Full to the brim with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries, I think it’s safe to say Bird & Blend has nailed yet another cakey cuppa.

Ingredients: Sri Lankan Black Tea, Cocoa Shells, Elderberries, Apple Pieces, Hibiscus, Sunflower Petals, Blackberry Leaves, Freeze-Dried Blackberry, Freeze-Dried Strawberry, Raspbery Pieces, Natural Flavouring

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13594 tasting notes

Made a nice big pot of this yesterday afternoon to share with people around the office.

The aroma of the steeping tea is quite heavenly and definitely had the right balance of almost fudge-y but still cake like chocolate, cream, and cherry notes to very perfectly convey Black Forest Cake. Steeped I finding it just a tiinnnyyyy little bit off. The body and maltiness of the black tea is perfect, and the chocolate is really incredible tasting. However, I’m missing the cream component and the cherry isn’t quite right. Mostly it tastes tart and a bit acrid with too much hibiscus flavoured versus the sweet candied cherry that I should be getting for a black forest. There’s really no acidity/tartness in proper black forest cake despite the presence of cherries so I’m not really sure hibiscus has any business being in this blend, especially because it’s not impacting the steeped tea colour in any kind of standout way and it’s preventing the tea from being able to be brewed as a latte…

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1880 tasting notes

2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 17
From Emilie!

This has a very deep chocolate aroma and I do notice the fruity red cherry flavor as well. Once steeped, it tastes more of chocolate than fruit though. I do wish more of the cherry came through, but this was an enjoyable cup nonetheless.

Flavors: Cacao, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Red Fruits

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2902 tasting notes

Thanks to AJRimmer for a chance to try this! This was day #1 of my advent calender.

Also thank you for the advice to add some sweetener! I’m glad I followed this because I think if I had tried this plain or even with just milk I would have found this blend lacking. The milk and sweetener are necessary to fully enjoy this blend. The black blend was alright, but the cherry isn’t as strong as I would have expected. It isn’t a medicinal cherry or anything it is like you would expect from a black forest cake (cherry pie filling). I wouldn’t have minded more vanilla and some prominant cream notes. The cocoa also should have been stronger.

Flavors: Cherry, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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618 tasting notes

This is an interesting tea.. there isn’t anything that really sticks out and makes it super tasty, but I still keep drinking it despite its lack of true flavor. I was expecting a stronger chocolate, cherry or even black tea base flavor, but I don’t get a whole lot of anything. There are faint notes of chocolate and a little bit of something that wants to be cherry, but is slightly medicinal and reminiscent of hibiscus. Overall, drinkable and rather comforting in the strangest way. Would I repurchase? Likely not.. but I’ll finish this cup.

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1604 tasting notes

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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1690 tasting notes

My first time having this tea, even though I drank a huge mug, I must say that it didn’t leave much of an impression. The main flavor was a light, tangy, artificial red fruit. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it was a bit disappointing. I didn’t get chocolate cake at all. The resteep tasted similar to the first steep, meaning not that flavorful.

The second time I tried it, I went for a longer, cooler steep, and I made sure lots of cocoa husks were in there. This time, it did taste like chocolate, along with a tangy cherry flavor. It tastes best with sugar and milk. It’s not a tea I’d reach for often, but it has a unique thing going on that makes me glad to have tried it.

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1348 tasting notes

Another cake tea today.
Apparently I had this tea so often that I have last steep in pouch. Little sad, as I apparently enjoyed it a lot. NOw I had even troubles to fill strainer with tea. So certainly not overleafed.

Anyway, after again, 4-5 minutes steep the colour turned into nice copper-golden. I should buy a new strainer, as this one can not be closed properly and one cocoa nib and little of something else went out. Otherwise it is quite clear.

Aromas are strong and vivid. I notice sour cherry, general fruits, all covered in cocoa sponge cake with cream on top. Yeah – certainly it smells like that.

The taste. Well, aromas as it is known, are way more easier to describe. In taste it is still quite well, also quite strong with sour cherry, way less cake flavours (drinking hot though). There is little creamy sourness which I really like.

I am sad that this tea is going to be discontinued, but it seems was quite for long time up. Maybe I will find another similar tea I will like.

Flavors: Cake, Cherry, Cocoa, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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2901 tasting notes

I always perk up when I open the bag of this. It smells like cherries and cream, and it would be delicious, if it tasted like it smelled.
But it always brews up tart and a bit bitter, as if the unpleasant aspects of cherries and tartness (sour, bitter) showed up and left all the good parts elsewhere.
Bleh.

Evol Ving Ness

Too bad. Hate when that happens.

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3781 tasting notes

Finally reviewing this one from my order months ago. I don’t love it as much as I’d wish. (Chocolate! Berries!) While using a teaspoon in previous steeps, I didn’t love the weakness of the Ceylon black tea, so I used two teaspoons this time around. It resulted in a deep and delicious cup, but I don’t think it needed two teaspoons (1 1/2 or 1 3/4 would be enough). The description mentions an amazing mix of berries: raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, elderberries, cranberry (apple too) and I do see pieces of berries, but just not enough of them. To create a black forest cake blend, there is also vanilla and cocoa shells. I would say the cocoa shells take over more than anything else but I love that Bluebird uses cocoa shells, with hints of berry but also with tanginess from the bits of hibiscus included in the blend (I wish they weren’t there but it doesn’t ruin the blend more than it could have.) Mostly, this blend is like chocolate and hibiscus no matter how I steep it. I would love more of a cakey flavor and berries from this though, so I’m not rating it very high.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 minute steep

Inkling

Why do companies persist in adding hibiscus to so many berry blends??? So frustrating. :(

Fjellrev

Damn, too bad they snuck that hibiscus in there.

tea-sipper

The hibiscus isn’t as terrible as you could imagine though! Just hints! But with a light black tea and not too many other flavors, it ends up being cocoa shells with hints of hibiscus.

Evol Ving Ness

I am a big fan of hibiscus, but chocolate and hibiscus just sounds like an odd combination.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I don’t even mind hibiscus as much as most others, but if I had my way, I still wouldn’t have put it into a Black Forest tea.

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This tea is essentially black forest gateau minus the cake. To my taste buds, it’s more like a cordial cherry more than a black forest cake/gateau. There are so many berries in this blend. The added hibiscus gives the berries just a bit of the tart, sour cherry flavor that one would expect from a traditional black forest gateau. The chocolate is there but only just. I also find that I’m missing the cake element, especially since the vanilla isn’t really coming through very well in my cuppa. Cherry doesn’t rank very highly on my list of berries I enjoy in teas (especially black tea blends), so I’m not really wowed by this tea. It’s pleasant and has decent flavor, but it’s not a tea that I’ll be repurchasing.

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