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I’ve been intrigued about this one for a while, but couldn’t quite fathom a rooibos blend being anything like a typical black breakfast tea. It turns out, I was right.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this tea, and I actually enjoy the rooibos base that B&B uses, this does not make me feel like I’m drinking a breakfast tea. The scent and taste of rooibos is all I’m getting here.

Thank you for sharing Cameron!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Happy National Unicorn Day! Today one simply has to drink a tea that is “magical” to them, and this can be interpreted in many creative ways. I’ve opted to drink teas with “magical” creatures in the title! (Also taking this as my Ode to Tea C entry!)

This sampler was kindly gifted to me from Cameron, so thank you! The dry leaf is very strongly rose-scented, so I can see already how this would not be a tea for those that don’t like rose/florals.

Steeped up, I’m still just getting rose on the nose, and none of the spices. Maybe a subtle hint of something cinnamony if I really focus? On the tongue, it’s the same. I’m tasting a strong rose, but spices are just not as evident; they do peek out a bit at the end of the sip, where I’m getting a bit of a warming cinnamon. I really don’t taste the clove at all…

I think there needs to be better balance here. I’m really just tasting a rose tea with a slightest hint of spice, when I feel the novelty of a blend like this should be a dominantly spiced rose tea. Otherwise, I have other (and frankly better) options for a plain rose-flavored tea (like T2’s White Rose, which I’ve had a lot recently due to sipdown efforts, so it’s a flavor I’m well aquainted with at the moment). The rose flavoring used in this just isn’t sitting with me as well as others I’ve had… I daresay I understand now when people describe a floral I enjoy as “soapy.”

I sipped this down cold-steeping the remaining leaf in oat milk, which I then used to make some Strawberry Lemon Rose Matcha Smoothies for breakfast, which turned out fantastic.

Thank you so much for the chance to try it, Cameron!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Rose, Soap

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Cameron B.

Ha ha, I’m sorry it was underwhelming. I figured it had a much better chance of being enjoyed with you! :P

Shae

Oh wow, the smoothies do sound fantastic.

Evol Ving Ness

By name alone, this tea should be fabulous.

Mastress Alita

I think the concept is a little strange for a name like “Campfires and Vampires?” I wouldn’t associate florals and spice on a green tea with either of those things. A roasted oolong or a dark and broody black base with a hint of lapsang seems more appropriate? Actually, I would be down to try the rose/spice combo on either of those bases… I actually think it may have been the green tea base that they used that felt the most “off” to me since steeped in milk I had a very nice rose and cinnamon flavor which worked great in my smoothies.

Lexie Aleah

Your smoothies always sound so yummy!

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G is for… Gingernut Matcha.

I chose this as one of the matcha samples for my Mix ‘n’ Matcha tube. Had it as a latte with whole milk and really enjoyed it, though I expected more bite from the ginger. It did have that cookie flavor I wanted though, which makes me really happy!

Flavors: Cookie

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I wanted to see how accurate this tea tasted, so I made some figgy pudding to have with it (always looking for excuses to make desserts). The flavor of the tea isn’t what I expected at all. The spices are quite strong, but it lacks the baked and fruity elements I’d expect to find. It’s better with milk. Then, it tastes pleasantly spiced and nice – I think clove and rooibos are the primary flavors I get. I do like it, but I don’t think it matches its name.

tea-sipper

Real figgy pudding! I will have to try this with milk…

AJRimmer

The figgy pudding was so good! I can’t wait to make another.

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drank Super Matcha by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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My late entry for National Find a Rainbow Day. It probably seems like cheating to just pick matcha, but I really thought this one was going to be blue. Turns out it’s a beautiful and vibrant green, so basically the color of a typical matcha. It still works for today’s theme. Or rather Saturday’s theme. I really wanted a latte but all I had was coconut milk and I think it’s overtaking the other flavors. I’m pretty confident I tasted some blueberry though before I added the milk.

Flavors: Blueberry

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I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Easter. Cream egg! An essential Easter treat is Cadbury eggs. I love the Cadbury cream eggs.  I love the mini eggs. I received a sample of this recently.  Maybe the magic is in a single fresh teabag because this tastes like a luscious cream egg to me!  I was a little worried with this jasmine being here… I thought it would ruin it.  And there isn’t really a creamy component to the tea… like marshmallow or something.  That would make it a little too much like their Easter Egg Nests blend.  This is very similar but without the green tea, which means it is much smoother.  Cocoa shells for delicious chocolate flavor. However, somehow the second steep does have a bit of a bite to it… so pretty much just like Easter Egg Nests.  I like this one!  But again, it’s probably the magic of the single wrapped teabag and it needs to be a bit more special than just chocolate.  I already have a ton of Easter Egg Nests in stock.
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //   just boiled // 3 min
2021 sipdowns: 42 (This + oldest Peach Melba on a roll with sipdowns lately!)

tea-sipper

Rethinking this though, and having a fresh cadbury egg, a cream egg is actually way more of the cream sugar bits than the chocolate bits, and without that middle part of the egg represented in the tea, and only a bit of a chocolate flavor, this is a bit of a fail of a tea blend.

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The scent for this one is strongly fruity – maybe passion fruit? It lingered in my kitchen for days actually. The flavor is mostly chamomile, and it’s a nice chamomile. I actually prefer it a little above room temperature. I found the flavor thinly fruity when I had it cold. It’s interesting how a few degrees made such a difference. Warmish, it’s a tasty chamomile with a fruity background. I enjoy this, but I don’t think I’d buy it again. Also, in some sips, it tastes like celery, which I’m not a fan of.

Kittenna

Double D! Nice.

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, April 3rd: National Find a Rainbow Day Tea #3

I had this one last night!  A perfect day to write a note for this one.  First of all, I don’t know if it’s just my particular pouch but this blend must be 96% chamomile and mostly chamomile dust!   What the heck.  Luckily I don’t mind chamomile, but this blend certainly isn’t called “rainbow chamomile”.  There are very little spices here for what is named a chai.   And the brew results in the most BLUE colored tea I have ever seen…. though I hardly see any of the blue pea flower in the blend at all.  Of course the flavor is mostly chamomile with only the merest hint of spice (only cinnamon really).  The second steep was bland, despite the VERY LONG steep time of 15 minutes.  It’s rare I can’t have a second steep result in a decent cup, but this was very weak chamomile and nothing more.  It’s fine if I’m looking for chamomile but it’s a chai fail.
Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 //  just boiled // 15 min steep

AJRimmer

Yeah, I thought their interpretation of this one was a little confusing.

Mastress Alita

This does not sound like a tea for me. I don’t like chamomile, but chamomile dust sounds even worse…

tea-sipper

Yeah, is the tiny dust normally what they use in chamomile rather than the actual full flowers?

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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – C

I randomly added a sample of this to my March subscription, just because I’d never tried it and the combination of jasmine green tea with goji, ginger, and ginseng sounded interesting. Wow, that’s a lotta ’g’s…

I do like it. The jasmine definitely takes center stage, and it tastes sweet, lush, and natural. The ginger is probably the second-strongest, but mostly just adds a nice earthiness. Honestly I haven’t had a lot of ginseng, so I couldn’t say how it affects the flavor here. But there’s a soft mineral herbaceous note that perhaps it’s responsible for? I don’t really get much fruitiness from the goji, maybe if I squint there’s a hint of tartness.

Anyway, it’s good! Mostly just a pleasant jasmine green tea with a side of ginger. I like it, and will have no trouble finishing the packet. However, I’m not sure I’d need it in my cupboard, since it’s so similar to a plain jasmine green…

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Ginger, Grass, Herbaceous, Jasmine, Mineral, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tiffany :)

Thank you for your tasting note Cameron because now I know I will NOT purchase this.. I love ginger anything and goji and ginseng do sound interesting.. but jasmine is not something I’m fond of. :)

Cameron B.

Ha ha, you’re welcome! Definitely would not recommend it if you don’t like jasmine. :P

Tiffany :)

Cameron so many teas, so little time in life.. I have enough as it is between all in my apt + large basement storage cage. :)

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Happy National Find a Rainbow Day! I figured as Steepster’s #1 Hibiscus Fan (you guys all voted for me, right? right?) that I should brew a pretty red cuppa today! But did I have any ridiculously old hibi-hip blends? You bet I did! This sampler pouch was from B&B’s “Bluebird Tea Co.” days, and combines two of my favorite polarizing ingredients, hibiscus and licorice root!

Also using this as my Ode to Tea R entry!

Since this was a heavy fruit blend, the 20g sampler really wasn’t much. I thought about just doing a liter mason jar cold brew, but opted for my slightly smaller 750ml cold brew bottle and saved the rest of the leaf to brew one hot cuppa.

Used one heaping teaspoon brewed grandpa-style in 350ml 205F water, accompanied with two of the Jammy Dodgers cookies that Cameron sent me! (Thank you, Cameron!) The aroma off my hot brewed cup definitely smells fruity, and of licorice root… If I shut my eyes and just sort of take in the aroma as a whole, I can get where they are going with a Red Vine. There is a strong raspberry aroma, with that fruit punchy/tangy hibiscus undertone. Sipping the cup… hmm. I like the two flavors, but admittedly it is a bit strange tasting them together. I am getting a tart red raspberry, with a strong sticky-sweet licorice root. My brain is getting the association, but I wouldn’t say it tastes very accurate to a Red Vine, since the last time I had one of those, there really was no licorice sorts of flavors to it. I wonder if the ones made in the UK use some of the licorice herbs in them, since licorice in general is a more liked flavor in Europe?

The cold brew has the same flavor, though I feel like the berry is a bit brighter with a more juicy/jammy quality to it. There is still the snap of licorice root sweetness toward the end of the sip and that touch of herbaceousness, but it doesn’t feel quite as strong and lingering as in the warm cup. It’s a good “fruit punch” sort of tea, with that thicker/sweeter taste iced.

So, I can say, this doesn’t have the “tartness” I’d associate with hibiscus teas… on account of a lot of licorice root, which I know is equally polarizing. I’m sure the raspberry leaf is also contributing as well, as there is a subtle sort of herbaceous quality beneath the fruitiness. As for me… I like this! But I often feel like I have the weirdest taste buds on Steepster…

The biscuit choice was perfect, too! It was my first time ever trying Jammy Dodgers and they are delicious!

In other news, I have also finished off another “so old they were still Bluebird Tea Co.” tea, Easter Egg Nests, as a delightful latte (much more of a “milk chocolate” flavor when prepared that way!) which I’m using as my Ode to Tea E entry!

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Licorice, Raspberry, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
gmathis

You are just knocking out that alphabet! Happy hibby to you, as well!

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In some steeps, the strongest flavor ends up being the popped rice. The rooibos isn’t the most delicious in this blend, but it’s a pretty strong flavor too. There’s a bit of dessertiness that must be the toffee, but it’s not strong enough. I also get a bit of butter. It’s definitely better with milk. Hot, I have to say I didn’t love it. I put it in the fridge to revisit the next morning, and that really improved things. Now it’s pretty cohesive, and I could see it as a flavored popcorn. The rooibos is still a little bleh, but all the flavors on top of it work together. I’ll just make sure to always have this one cold going forward!

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #122 overall / Tea #38 for March

Monday 3/29/21 — Bird and Blend Sticky Chai. I enjoy this tea plain, latte, stovetop but it lost in my March Tea Sipdown Madness a few weeks ago(?) Anyway, had 2 hot/plain lattes today to finish up this package which was best by a little over 2 years ago. I’d keep this in my cupboard / purchase this in the future if it’s around in a few years when my tea stash is under control / if I ever wanted a nice sticky chai. (this is not a full sip down, I definitely have more of this in my stash)

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #120 overall / Tea #36 for March

Monday 3/29/21 — Bird and Blend Lime Cola Guayusa. This is an old sample pack enough to make a cold brew pitcher. I was trying to pawn this off to my boyfriend and he drank most of the pitcher but the last of it I actually poured down the drain because he wasn’t feeling it anymore.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #118 overall / Tea #34 for March / #drinkwhatyouown February slot ?/25
Sunday 3/28/21 — Bird & Blend Cherry Bakewell. Cold brew pitcher finished Sunday morning at work. I enjoy sipping this when find in my stash (although need to try hot) but not enough to have one my “to buy” list. Never had a cherry bakewell so not able to compare to the actual treat. Just tastes like a light fruity tea, reminds me of Pomegrateful from DT as they are both fruity teas with a white tea base.
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2021 Sipdown 28/365!

This was a sample teabag from an order (late 2020 I believe) – amazingly something different than I’d received in my previous 3 or so orders (I’ve received the same samples so many times now, a change was nice!). I don’t know that I’ve ever had this one before, either. Ultimately, I am happy to only have had a single teabag of this, as it’s not quite my thing. Initial impression when I opened the teabag was that it reminded me of DavidsTea’s Alpine Punch – likely picking up the rooibos/marzipan aromas. Flavour is kind of a muted rooibos/marzipan, with a bit of a lingering cakey sweetness. Unremarkable.

Shae

Bummer, I just ordered some of this one. :/

Kittenna

You might like it! Flavoured rooibos just generally isn’t my thing, and I’m also iffy on that marzipan flavour.

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Bird & Blend likes to accommodate a couple sample requests in the comment box when you order!

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Kiki:

What is that, like wintergreen or something? Yeah. No, it’s a mint. Huh, it’s peppermint. It’s got some kinda root in it. Maybe. It’s mellow, it’s very mellow. Does it have spearmint and peppermint? It’s like a linden or chamomile. burp Marigold. No. hahaha But it’s tasty, it’s not too bad. It’s at least a 7.5. Geran- no. Chrysanthemum. Is that it, the chrysanthemum? It tastes kinda soapy, the fragrance of soap, that must be lavender. That’s what it is.

Nope.

hahahaha I’d say a solid 7.5. Huh, soap. Are you sure it’s not rose or something?

derk:

Arby nailed this one for me, even down to the undertone of pottery: https://steepster.com/arbutus/posts/409973. I do get orange blossom. It’s pleasant and light, though rather perfumey.

Flavors: Astringent, Clay, Cut Grass, Floral, Jasmine, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Perfume, Spearmint

Cameron B.

“It’s got some kinda root in it” ba ha ha!

derk

heh, she’s a nut

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #109 overall / Tea #25 for March / #drinkwhatyou own February 9/25

Mon 3/22/21 — Bird and Blend (back when they were Bluebird) Earl’s Paradise. When I get 20-gram samples from this company (they are very generous with samples whether requested or not, but I’ve been buying from this company since 2016(?) so I have a large collection of their teas) I use them for a cold brew pitcher. I am not an earl grey fan but this one is nice enough. Not something I’d keep on hand, but I enjoyed the pitcher the last few days. I did kind of gulp last third of pitcher down before work just to get pitcher empty for next tea inside.

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The mint in this one was far too strong for me!

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2021 sipdown no. 58

Thanks for Cameron for sending this one my way!

I could not find any banana bread whatsoever here, but the chai spices were nice enough. They weren’t necessarily anything special, but I did like them with a rooibos base for a change.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I haven’t tried this one in forever, but I remember it being weird and not banana bread, ha ha!

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