Last Christmas I was gifted five 20g samples to try which I absolutely loved and then, in the summer when they held their Christmas in July sale, I couldn’t resist getting myself a couple of their festive treats.
The Bluebird tea company sell most of their teas both loose or separately bagged, in tins or refill pouches of various sizes. The postage is reasonably priced and very quick, even on the standard economy option, making it perfect for if you hadn’t realised that you were down to your last few cups.
The flavours available are unlike anything else I have seen with their unusual but vividly flavoured combinations.
Strawberry Lemonade – A strongly fruity blend containing “Hibiscus, rosehip, apple, lemon, orange, strawberry, elderberry, sunflower petals, flavour” and to be enjoyed without milk. I love this strongly brewed, it has such a sweet yet slightly zesty taste which is delicious, especially through the summer. I think this is one of my favourites for the warmer months. Their teas are supposed to be lovely brewed either hot or cold however, I’ve only tried them hot.
Cherry Bakewell – Similarly to Strawberry Lemonade, this is a lovely sweet fruity flavour however, it has more of a bakery flavour from the almonds, giving it the cherry bakewell name. This contains “Chinese white tea, apple, rosehip, hibiscus, cornflowers (red + blue), almond pieces, currants, cranberry pieces, flavour” and because of the lovely fruity flavour, it’s also perfect for spring/summer.
Buy Cherry Bakewell loose leaf here!
Mango Tulsi – This is fruity in a different way to the previous two, it has less of a sweet flavour to it so it’s a little more refreshing and would suit those with less of a sweet tooth. It contains “Tulsi (Holy basil), pineapple, corinths, papaya, lemon balm, sunflower petals, hibiscus, sugar, flavour”. The basil flavour certainly helps reduce the sweetness of this. It’s a nice refreshing difference.
Buy Mango Tulsi loose leaf here!
Bonfire Toffee – Starkly different from the other flavours, this is more of an acquired taste. It’s slightly woody, smoky flavour mixed with spices… “Sri Lankan Black Tea, cinnamon, air-dried apple, lapsang souchong black tea, safflower, natural flavouring.” This is perfect for cold autumn/winter nights (Guy Fawkes night maybe?) when you want a nice cosy drink while sat by the fire.
Buy Bonfire Toffee loose leaf here!
Christmas Cake – Festive food and drinks are certainly my favourites and I have a particular love of the spicy ginger and cinnamon flavours. This contains “Ceylon black tea, vanilla pieces, almond pieces, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, spruce needles, snowflake sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, hardened peanut oil, potato starch, flavour, gum arabic (E414), potassium sorbate (E202), colours (E171)), flavour” which combines slightly fruity hints with classic Christmas spices, giving a festive flavour that I personally can’t not love.
Snowball – This is a lovely festive flavour, but in a very different way to Christmas cake. Snowball is reminiscent of crisp, frosty winter mornings and minty candy canes. The minty hints come through the flavour with a sweet tone to it so it isn’t too minty. This contains “Ceylon black tea, coconut pieces, cacao bean, cocoa shells, desiccated coconut, mini marshmallows (glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, gelatine, maize starch, flavouring, colour (E162)), chocolate chips (sugar, cacao, emulsifier soya lecithin), red cornflowers, flavour” and even better, there is a vegan friendly version available too!
Buy VEGAN Snowball loose leaf here!
This is my current collection of flavoured teas, but there is a massive collection to suit all tastes, and they do tea experience packs to get you started if you aren’t sure where to begin! I very much recommend them if you want something to warm you up these winter evenings.
Let me know in the comments if you’re a tea person or a coffee person and what your favourites are! I also love a hot Ribena through winter!
Thanks for reading,