Tea type
Black Food Fruit Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Brown Sugar, Hazelnut, Nutty, Vanilla, Coffee, Creamy, Cake, Cream, Cranberry
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 oz / 405 ml

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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

This lush black tea is blended with roasted coffee beans and almonds for extra nutty notes, AND in true B&B style, we’ve finished this one off with brew-TEA-ful blue flower petals.

Inspired by the classic Italian coffee-based dessert Affogato, traditionally served as a shot of espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Did you know: this tea was the winner of our 2020 Tea Election!

Ingredients
Sri Lankan black tea, coffee beans, apple pieces, rosehip, blue cornflowers, natural flavouring.

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #2

I couldn’t remember if I’d tried this tea before, so I wanted to make a cup of it. I think it is new to me, and I was thinking of one of Bird & Blend’s other coffee teas – like Fairytale of NY. I didn’t love this one, but I’m glad I got to try it – it’s just a bit too much of a realistic coffee flavour to me. Very roasty and not sweet at all; I also felt like there was a bit of a sharp/sour edge to it alongside those roast notes. Probably would have been better with milk or sweetener, but that’s not exactly what I was feeling in the moment.

VariaTEA

Also they stuck rosehips or hibiscus in it which seemed out of place and made me hesitant to make it as a latte

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5961 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking A LOT of water lately. Not so much tea. Part of it is water has no decision factor. Tea does. Today I wanted tea but had no idea which so I just decided to make myself a cup of my oldest tea. My cupboard isn’t too bad in the sense of age since this is the oldest and its from July 2019.

This tea is fine but honestly not one I really care for. It’s got a coffee flavor but also a touch of hibiscus. I think that’s where this loses me. The coffee would lend itself nicely to a latte format but the hibiscus means I can’t do that. I think I will toss this into my swap box since I am just not feeling it.

Dustin

Coffee and hibiscus seem like a strange combo that just shouldn’t be!

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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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1204 tasting notes

Cold brew in oat milk overnight.

Flavors: Coffee, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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April 2020 subscription, but decided to cut open this tea today.

I needed a strong caffeine boost as I need to do lots of study. And I have slept badly. And I had a headache. Almost a migraine. But I hope it’s not that.

Worked well. Okay I took painkiller, but this tea was so caffeine strong! Yeah!!

And in taste? Well, it was mellow and creamy, with coffee notes and overall very enjoyable. Vanilla here as well, with bit juicy from currants and cranberries maybe? I noticed both of them there today. I wonder if they reblended it or I was just more lucky with ingredients in my DIY tea bag?

Flavors: Coffee, Cranberry, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

I really want to try this one. I might place an order while it’s still available on the secret website…

Hope you’re feeling better!

Eelong

Sounds delicious, Martin! Wouldn’t expect a ceylon black with added tidbits of dried nuts, berries, and coffee beans to actually taste pleasant. B&B must know their stuff.

Martin Bednář

Nattie: Kind of. I was tired all day though. I can recommend it if you like Tiramisu or similar cakes. And if it is on Secret website, it will be gone soon? Maybe I am bit sad of it, it is very interesting blend.

Eelong: It is indeed better than expected! Especially if you need strong caffiene boost as I needed. But I understand you tht you don’t believe that almonds, berries and coffee beans + tea can work. I wasn’t believing that myself too (when I saw it for first time)!

Nattie

I actually don’t like tiramisu, but I have a tiramisu flavoured tea which I love! And I love affogato (: I actually finished the last of my Butiki Coffee and Ice Cream tea today and I need something to replace it.

It doesn’t always mean it will be gone soon, but this tea in particular has a little ‘last chance’ stamp on it.

Martin Bednář

If you want, I can save a bit from my sample pouch for you and we can swap. After you finish your cupboard of stale teas :)

Nattie

I would love that, but you might be waiting a while! I have another 180 teas to get through :o

Martin Bednář

I have no problem waiting :). Okay, I will get 10 grams off for you. You may get the pouch, if you lose your “no-buy ban” :)

Nattie

Thank you so much! :D I am so impatient to buy new teas haha, I’m getting through my cupboard as fast as I can! (:

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Such a random mix of ingredients! For some reason, I had to try it. (Probably based on the description – “The classic Italian ice cream dessert, vanilla notes with a shot of espresso!”) There are coffee beans in here (LOTS), along with things like rosehip, hibiscus, and cranberry. Quite odd.

The fragrance from the bag of tea is absolutely divine – if you like coffee, that is. Heavy coffee aromas, with syrupy sweet caramelly/vanilla notes. It really smells like an iced cappuccino from Tim Horton’s tastes. Since I happen to like (sweetened) coffee, this aroma was quite appealing to me! Brewed up, the aroma is a bit weaker, but remains the same – and it’s still quite powerful. Flavourwise is where it’s a bit odd… because it tastes like an unsweetened, uncreamy iced cappuccino. Which, frankly, is not as good as it sounds, if it even does still sound good. Definite coffee flavours and lovely vanilla, but without sweetness, it’s undrinkable for me, as a person who does not drink straight coffee. It’s not even the bitterness that’s bothering me though (it’s not all that bitter); I can’t put my finger on what’s strange about it (maybe the sour dried fruits?). However – adding milk improved it greatly, and adding some maple syrup made it taste pretty much, to me, like a deliciously fattening iced coffee drink (note: it was cold by the time I got around to doctoring it). So basically, I strongly recommend having this as a latte (or even just with added milk), preferably sweetened. I’m not sure what the purpose of the rosehip/hib/cranberry are…

Note: I just picked up Vanilla Cappuccino from DavidsTea, and this definitely has a similar vibe to it. I’m interested in trying the DT one to see how it compares. I suspect it will be sweeter, at the very least, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

ETA: Oh yeah, getting some marzipan-y notes too, along the vanilla/caramel.

Martin Bednář

I have completely same thoughts about this tea. But actually, it is not so bad as I was afraid of.

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