As I mentioned in September’s Tea of the Month, I love Autumn because not only does the colder weather give me another excuse to drink a ridiculous amount of tea, but the most exciting blends are released which capture the essence of this wonderful season. Think pumpkins, spices, cinnamon (even chocolate too) and you’re on the right track.
Bluebird Tea Co are one of my favourite tea companies so you can imagine how much enthusiasm (and very little co-ordination) went into the happy dance I performed when they sent me their entire Autumn range to review. All of their teas are hand blended in the UK and they always release the most unusual and innovative blends. I feel like this deserves a drum roll…
Spiced Pumpkin Pie
I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on Spiced Pumpkin Pie. I knew it was one of their best sellers and along with everyone else, I’m gutted that its limited edition. I sorted of understand why though; it’s Autumn in a mug! Pumpkin, spice, chai…what’s not to love?
On cold Autumnal mornings (here in Scotland we have plenty of them) I’ve been drinking a mug of Spiced Pumpkin Pie, sometimes with milk and sometimes without (delicious either way). It’s definitely a tea experience: you’re first greeted with the smell of pumpkins, which is promptly followed by the warming taste of cinnamon and ginger, rounded off with a little bit of sweetness (which I imagine comes from the vanilla pieces). If you’re caught in the rain (or snow because I’m convinced it’s on the way), this is the tea you need to warm you up and feel your toes again.
I drink a lot of tea and from my collection (which stands at over 200 blends), it takes a lot to really excite me about one particular tea – until now. I’ve been raving to my friends and family about Spiced Pumpkin Pie and I might have given out one or two teabags to let them try it before making their orders. Just doing my bit because everyone needs to try this tea at least once. Bluebird, you’ve done me proud!
Rooibos Earl Grey
I would argue that this is the least adventurous tea blend from the range, but certainly one not be to missed. This is easily a tea I could enjoy every single day of the week, morning, noon or night. I was hoping they would introduce a decaffeinated earl grey and it was certainly worth the wait.
Isn’t this the prettiest tea blend you’ve ever seen? I love the blue cornflowers and the splash of colour they add. I’ve been enjoying this tea with milk after I’ve let it brew for about 4 minutes. You do get a slight warming citrus kick (which comes from the bergamot oil) which leaves a pleasant aftertaste, but it is not overpowering.
Rooibos Earl Grey is perfect for those looking to experiment with tea blends for the first time, or who are looking for a new decaffeinated tea to try. A pleasurable tea to drink every day of the week. Oh, and this is my mum’s favourite from the range.
I have a confession to make: I hate Coco Pops. Even as a child, I couldn’t stand them (I never trusted how they turned the milk all chocolately, which in hindsight is probably every child’s dream). When I saw this blend along with the phrase ‘Choco Pops + milk makes up a cupful of fun’, it brought back all my childhood fears. But there isn’t a tea blend in the world I won’t try at least once and even though I can’t stand Coco Pops, I do love chocolate.
Following Bluebird’s guidelines, I used 1 tsp, left it to brew for about 4 minutes and added a small drop of milk. After that, I was in chocolate heaven. This blend contains chocolate chips, toasted rice and chocolate sprinkles which makes it smell (and taste) like a Cadbury’s Double Decker (if anyone doesn’t know, this is a chocolate bar filled with layers of crispy cereal and nougat).
I’m surprised at how much I like this blend. Unlike some of the others I’ve mentioned in this post, it’s not one I would reach for every day. But I think it’s fun, unique and a perfect alternative to hot chocolate. If you have a sweet tooth, I’d definitely recommend giving Choco Pops a try.
I love Indian spices: the taste, the colour, the smell. Masala chai spices were added to this black tea, resulting in the most sensational aroma. This tea is deeply spiced (although it is not spicy) and transports me miles from cold, rainy Scotland in an instant. It’s not surprising that Bluebird describe Lapsang Chai as a ‘blend of tea and culture alike’.
Unlike others in the range, this is perhaps a tea that wouldn’t normally be associated with Autumn. However, during these months it is teas like this that I gravitate towards. On a cold day, this tea is the perfect pick me up and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. This is definitely my kind of tea: deeply spiced, warming and oh so aromatic.
If you don’t fancy the more Autumnal blends in the range (and don’t have much of a sweet tooth), then this tea is definitely for you. Take 1 tsp, brew for 4 minutes, add milk (if desired) and enjoy a little bit of culture from the comfort of your own living room.
Bananas + Custard
As with Coco Pops, bananas and I really don’t get along. I mean seriously don’t get along. I do love custard though and remember every Sunday going to my gran’s house for cake served with lashings of custard. And I go through a lot of green tea, so I was intrigued by this blend.
As with all green teas, I let it brew for about 3 minutes and didn’t add milk. How does it taste? Exactly like bananas and custard! I have no idea how they did it, but Bluebird got the taste spot on. The banana flavour is strong, but very sweet; exactly like one of those foam banana sweets I liked as a child. It’s creamy and comforting – a dessert in tea form.
I’ve been enjoying a mug of Bananas + Custard on those nights I’ve been craving something yummy after dinner. It certainly takes me back to those Sunday afternoons sitting at my gran’s dining table, tucking into my cake and custard.
All of these teas can be purchased loose (Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Rooibos Earl Grey are also sold in packs of 16 tea bags). Or you can buy their Autumn Collection Bundle, choosing the four blends you would most like to try, It is also worth noting that each of the blends come in individual 20g sample packs you can buy, giving you the perfect opportunity to run your own tea tasting sessions before re-ordering your favourites.
Will you be trying any blends from Bluebird Tea’s Autumn range? Let me know what hot drinks are keeping you cosy!
PR Sample. Thoughts and opinions are my own.