Autumn Tea Blends from Bluebird Tea Co.

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…

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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?

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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.

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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.

Choco Pops

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.

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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.

Lapsang Chai

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’.

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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.

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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! 


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58 Comments

  1. October 17th, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Ohh what some delicious sounding blends, spiced pumpkin pie sounds like a must try for me. x

  2. October 17th, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I’d definitely love the Autumn warming spices one, just like you, I’m guilty for over indulging in Pumkin Spiced drinks this season, it’s my favourite time of the year and I love a warm drink to keep my cosy this season

  3. October 17th, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    These look and sound so interesting. I’ve been drinking a herbal tea blend from a skinny tea brand lately, was quite surprised at how nice the blend is x

  4. October 17th, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I’m such a tea fan – earl Grey is my favourite but from the sounds of it I should get a little more adventurous with my tea flavours!

  5. October 17th, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Oh my word, I have never heard of flavours like this before. Chocolate tea, banana and custard? Well I never! I’m intrigued.

  6. October 17th, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Wow that’s an awesome Autumn collection. The choco pops sound awesome, but then I was never a huge fan of coco pops as a kid either, and pumpkin you can’t go wrong with at this time of the year x

  7. October 17th, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Oh my god, I am so jealous, I have over 100 teas but have never managed to try Bluebird tea before. I love the sound of pumpkin pie.

  8. October 17th, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Ooh these tea’s look delicious! I need to try some more flavours.

  9. October 17th, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I love how as soon as the first signs of autumn appears, we start looking at hot drinks. These look fab and will certainly give you that ‘hygge’ feeling 😀

  10. October 17th, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    This sounds like an amazing brand of tea!!! I am always looking for new tea to try out, fall is my favorite time of year for having tea.

  11. October 17th, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I love english tea and I have tried some flavoured teas but I can’t seem to like them and I really wish I did. Some of these sound delicious but my taste buds are not very adventurous! I found it funny that you do not like cocopops and they scare you!

    Love Louise x

    http://louiselovesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  12. October 17th, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I am not a tea drinker but my eldest daughter loves all sorts of different teas. I must get her some as a treat. Kaz x

  13. October 17th, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I’m not a tea drinker myself by my sister is! I’ve just sent her the link to your post.

  14. October 17th, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of Bluebird brand before but their range sounds pretty amazing. The banana & custard sounds really good. Will have to have a look out for this brand as I love unusual tasting teas 🙂

    Denise xx

  15. October 17th, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I will have to try these to spice up my tea! Thank you.

  16. October 17th, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    What some amazing blends you have here! I do love Coco Pops do the Choco pops is probably one for me and yay for Decaf Earl Grey x

  17. October 17th, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    I really do need to make a point of trying more types of tea. The Bluebird Tea Co Autumn blends do sound really nice.

  18. October 17th, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    I’m going to be passing this brand of tea onto my mum as she’s a massive lover of trying new ones. I’m more of a breakfast tea myself so anything out of my comfort zone i wont touch haha 🙁 xx

  19. October 17th, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    I share your love of tea! I drink it all year round. Love Earl Grey and Orange Pekoe (and well the default Green Tea). I would definitely give the decaf Earl Grey a go and of course the spiced pumpkin pie.

  20. October 18th, 2016 / 12:24 am

    I’m not a tea drinker and much prefer coffee but my husband doesn’t mind tea. I will have to share this post with him.

  21. Nikki
    October 18th, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Oooh that choco pops one sounds amazing and I am not really a tea drinker! Xx

  22. Elizabeth O.
    October 18th, 2016 / 8:06 am

    That’s amazing. I love the blends that you got to try especially the chocolate! I prefer tea over coffee. It’s very relaxing to drink, perfect for lazy days.

  23. October 18th, 2016 / 9:15 am

    oh I would love to try the Choco Pops one! Sounds delish!

  24. October 18th, 2016 / 9:36 am

    I love a good tea blend and these all sound fabulous especially the spiced pumpkin pie.

  25. Dannii
    October 18th, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Pumpkin spiced tea sounds amazing. I haven’t seen that before, but I need to get myself some. You can never have too much tea.

  26. Hannah
    October 18th, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I do love a cup of tea so I need to try a few of these out!

  27. francesca
    October 18th, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Ooo these sounds great! What interesting blends too!!

  28. October 18th, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I love the sound of the teas from Bluebird tea, especially the pumpkin spice one! I had no idea that it exists under a tea form too. I like it’s flavor bur for me, the latte is too sweet. I should get some tea instead, you have raised my interest! 🙂

  29. October 18th, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I love my tea – these look amazing

  30. October 18th, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Love the sound of the chocco one and the banana and custard! Yum!

  31. October 18th, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Oh wow these tees sound fabulous! I havent made loose leaf tea before at home but I’d definitely go for the bagged tea xxx

  32. October 18th, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    I can’t even imagine what some of those flavours would be like – I quite like a strong black tea myself.

  33. October 18th, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I’ve heard about these blends before and I’d really like to try them, they sound interesting!

  34. nicol
    October 18th, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    i can’t imaging bananas and custard but i am intrigued!

  35. nicol
    October 18th, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    i can’t imagine bananas and custard as a tea flavour but i am intrigued!

  36. October 18th, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    What interesting flavours! I am intrigued by the pumpkin pie and bananas and custard ones, they sound fab. I am a huge fan of tea but think I need to be a little more adventurous!

  37. October 18th, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    This looks like such good quality tea. I love the fact you can see the different ingredients in the actual tea.

  38. October 19th, 2016 / 5:49 am

    I’ve never heard of this company. They’ve got some interesting flavours. Not sure if I’d like the chocolate one but interesting to hear you did when you thought you wouldn’t like it x

  39. October 19th, 2016 / 7:26 am

    I’m a mega tea fan and these look wonderful!

  40. October 19th, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Oh I’m such a tea belly! I will definitely have to check these out. The Earl Grey is a winner for me 🙂 x

  41. October 19th, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I drink so much tea! I’ve been drinking camomile and honey loads at the moment. I love the autumnal theme, so I’m going to have to take a look at this company.

  42. October 19th, 2016 / 9:10 am

    What a lovely selection of flavours. I am really boring and stick to the same tea, but really should experiment more 🙂

  43. October 19th, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    These all sound so lovely! Never thought bananas and custard tea would be a thing but I’d love to try it!

  44. October 19th, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Don’t they look good. The spiced pumpkin pie is one I would love to try.

  45. October 20th, 2016 / 10:43 am

    I am a real tea lover and enjoy trying new blends. My favourite is Earl Grey with blue flowers, so that Rooibos and I would probably be good friends! I would love to try the Bananas and Custard one too!

  46. October 20th, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    That spiced pumpkin pie sounds absolutely amazing! Love hot teas at this time of year.

  47. October 20th, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Love the sound of the pumpkin and the choco pops, I am a huge tea drinker, but just plain old PG tips, I might have to be a bit more adventurous!

  48. October 20th, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Bananas and custard.. sounds right up my street. Yum! I’m more of a flavoured coffee gal than teas, tbh.

    Xx

  49. October 22nd, 2016 / 3:23 am

    I am an avid tea lover! I usually prefer tea over coffee. The flavors in this post are so divine!

  50. October 24th, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Have never tried these teas before, but I do love trying new brands of teas so will definitely look into these. They sound pretty good and have a different variety of flavors.

  51. October 29th, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    I was mentally choosing a few flavours from your post and I was like, HEY! I love all the blends! The choco one, the banana and custard one, they all look great and I am sure they taste awesome too!

  52. November 6th, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    My fav is Rooibos Earl Grey. You’re so right. We can drink this tea everyday without hesitate. I’m going to try other kinds in your list.

  53. November 9th, 2016 / 3:48 am

    I love autumn flavours. I want to enjoy hot tea at this time!

  54. November 10th, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Oh i’m totally surprised with the tea blend which is the banana and custard flavor 😀
    Gonna try one for sure 😉
    Thanks for sharing that Bluebird Tea, Sarah 🙂

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