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Adventures in Tea… Bluebird Tea Month Two

 

 

I am so behind on my tea posts! My life has been overtaken by two furry fluff balls and I love it. Also it’s been super warm for the UK and that’s meant I haven’t wanted tea in the evenings so have a bit of a stash of these left but I have tried them all now!

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This is fantastic tea! I love the sourness but also sweetness of the cherries and the dryness that comes from the green tea. This would be perfect iced and is something I must try while it’s too warm to drink hot. Perhaps I’ll make some now – and some ice

 

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This is a lovely after dinner tea. It would be perfect in winter, so I might keep hold of this until the weather cools off and I want to snuggle up with a hot mug of tea on the sofa.

 

 

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This is very similar to the chai from last month, but this time it has caffeine, so it great during the day. Again this is another drink for cooler weather and I’ll be keeping hold of it for after the summer.

I’ve already received month three and I wouldn’t be surprised if month 4 was on the way soon! I need it to cool off so I can get back to my tea drinking!

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Adventures in Tea… Bluebird Tea Month One

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I was feeling low last month so ordered 6 month random tea subscription from Bluebird Tea in Brighton. They reminded on David’s Tea in Canada who I fell in love with back in 2012, so it is great to find another company who create random teas.

In my first delivery I got three teas:

Gingerbread Chai

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This has been a great evening tea as it rooibos, rather than black tea. I’ve been brewing it in my glass teapot and originally went with the direction of the spoon per cup, but found I like it slightly stronger so ended up doing 3 spoons for 2 cups in my teapot. I then leave it for at least 3 minutes, but usually longer as I like it on the stronger side. This had a definite heat to it. I would describe this as a proper ginger heat, rather than gingerbread warmth you get in the lattes available at Christmas time. Two cups of this was enough for me each time. It was a nice change from peppermint or camomile in the evening though.

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Vicky’s Sponge Cake

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This is a black tea base so has made a lovely afternoon tea when I wanted something sweet. I enjoyed it a lot during my week off this month. It’s a fruity sweetness and with milk did taste a bit like cake.

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Watermelon Splash

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This was a green tea base and was quite refreshing. I kept meaning to make a batch of iced tea with this as I think it would be quite refreshing, but didn’t get chance to before posting this. I still have some left so will try if the weather improves enjoy to fancy iced tea.

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Overall I loved having a selection of three different teas to choose from. I liked having 20 grams of each, rather than having to get 100 grams or 20 teabags of something I haven’t tried. So this was a great way to try them out and I know I’ll order more of my favourites after the 6 month subscription. Also the tea gave me the option of drinking these at different times to my coffee. I find I can drink tea in the evening without any issues, but I strict with my coffee intake unless it decaf (and I don’t really see the point in decaf anymore). Excellent service after my order, although I tried to do the pay monthly option, but didn’t manage that so paid in full – might be something to watch if you sign up!

I’m looking forward to the next delivery already!

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Adventures in Tea… Asiatica Flowering Tea

I’ve decided to turn my Tuesday evening in to Green Tea Tuesdays. I have a lot of green tea, but don’t make the time to drink it. I’m not a fan during the day as I love normal tea or coffee for a caffeine boost. So on Tuesday evenings I have time before I go to swimming club to make a proper pot of green tea and sit down and enjoy it. So last week I used the flowering green tea I got for Christmas from Asiatica from Canada.

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I was give the Transcending Beauty which is described as careful, romantic, just and fair. It is made with Jasmine Green tea and lily flowers.

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It always makes me laugh that they come in mushroom shapes and don’t loo very appealing, but as soon as you pop it into boiling water it comes to life.

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The green peals away and exposes the beautiful red flower inside.

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It created a lovely jasmine green tea, with a floral edge to it. It was lovely green tea colour, but again with a pink tinge from the flower, which made it different from plain jasmine teas. I enjoyed this tea and now need to find somewhere in the UK that sells these types of teas.

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Adventures in Tea… Picton Tea Mumbles Christmas Blenc

My friend Ingrid gave me this last year and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t try it sooner. I think Christmas came and went last year and I like to have Christmas things on the run up to Christmas rather than after it. I’m weird like that.

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This is a caffeine free tea made form Rooibos with spices to warn it up and it’s amazingly lovely, especially on a cold winters evening. It’s warming and smells divine. I’ve tried it with and without milk and it really comes down to preference at the time. I liked with both, but sometimes having it without milk makes it feel warmer.

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It’s full of colour when you put in your teapot. I think the blue is the thistle flowers, but I don’t know anything about flowers so please correct me if I’m wrong!

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It steeped nicely and I would definitely recommend brewing for the full five minutes it says to bring out the full flavour and allow it to cool slightly before consumption.

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This compares to the teapigs Red Winter Tea from 2011. I was going to get that this year then found this in my cupboard so held back. I did look to see if I could find this online, but couldn’t, which is a shame. At my new job we keep getting tasting in and it was tea this week from Attic Tea and I really want to try some of their blends!

 

Adventures in Coffee… Costa Hot Spiced Apple

It’s my favourite time of year for visiting coffee shops as the festive drinks are back!

First up this year is the Costa Hot Spiced Apple and not only does it look pretty but tastes good as well.

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I treated myself to this after my first week in my new job and very much enjoyed it. It was a nice alternative to coffee and would be lovely outside in the cold to warm you up.

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It is made form syrup, so it was very sweet. I think I would preferred it if it wasn’t quite as sweet. A bit more like tea maybe. I admit the cinnamon stick and star anise were a lovely touch and something I might still for mulled cider this christmas.

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I also treated myself to the new black forest fancy – yum!

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