A good cup of tea is part of our British culture – the first thing my mum does when getting back from a shopping trip is to whack the kettle on and get out the Yorkshire Tea! But funnily enough, I never really got into it (shock horror!) – I think largely because in Cyprus, it was just too hot, so we would drink iced teas and frappes. But when I moved to London, I started to get into flavoured teas. To begin with, it was just the usual green tea, strawberry tea etc. Then I learned of some companies that produced much more creative flavours and combinations – one of these, is the fabulous Bluebird Tea Co, which sells some of the most inventive teas I’ve ever come across!
Bluebird Tea Co is a Brighton-based business, owned and run by young couple Krisi and Mike who met at University. They saw a gap in the market for a loose-leaf tea brand and are now the UK’s expert tea mixologists, with over 50 tea flavours blending ingredients such as herbs, flowers, fruits, caramels, chocolate and even cake sprinkles!
They sent some lovely products to the company I work for to give away as competition prizes, but they were also kind enough to send me some teas to review for Got To Be Gourmet, and for my colleagues in the office to try. Here’s a round-up of some of the favourites:
Candy Floss: Chinese white tea, hibiscus, apple, elderberries, rosehip, pineapple, red + blue cornflowers, stevia, strawberry flavour.
This was bursting with flavour – just look at all of those colours and ingredients! It was a little bit sweet for me, but still very nice!
Enchanted Narnia: Rosebuds, cocoa shells, rose petals, lemongrass, raspberry leaves.
Without a doubt, the most beautiful of all the teas I tried – I mean, it has actual rosebuds in it. Just stunning. It perhaps didn’t taste quite as beautiful as it looked – as you can imagine, it tasted very much of rose and I like my tea to be a bit heavier/deeper in flavour. But fans of rose flavour will adore this!
Hot Cross Bun: Rooibos, ceylon black tea, cinnamon, hibiscus, apple, rosehip, orange peel, lapsang souchong tea, vanilla, cranberry.
The name of this tea gives away how long I’ve had these teas. It has taken me quite a while to write this up, as I was given them around Easter. But I will happily eat Easter food any time of year, I love the sugary, cinnamon flavours. And this tea didn’t disappoint!
Strawberry Lemonade: Hibiscus, rosehip, apple, lemon, orange, strawberry, elderberry, sunflower petals
This was popular in the office but it was quite light in flavour for me, a bit like the Enchanted Narnia.
Mint Choc Rooibos: Rooibos, cocoa shells, peppermint, chocolate hearts.
The mint flavour really came through with this tea, more so than the chocolate. So it felt like a guilt-free way of getting my chocolate fix 😉
Black Forest: Ceylon black tea, cocoa shells, hibiscus, apple, elderberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, cranberry, vanilla, sunflower, calendula.
This went down very well in the office but it was a bit too ‘fruity’ for me, although I liked the black tea flavour.
Toasted Apple: Chinese green tea, apple pieces, japanese genmaicha (bancha green tea, popped rice), natural flavour.
Despite probably being the least ‘pretty’ to look at out of all of these teas, this was my favourite, and I think it was probably the overall favourite in the office too. It’s like drinking a green tea but with the added treat of the apple flavour. I’m a big fan of japanese genmaicha (I like the popped rice!) anyway so I loved this.
Terry’s Tea: Ceylon black tea, cocoa shells, calendula, hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehip, orange peel, chocolate hearts, orange flowers.
I really liked this one, as it did taste just like a chocolate orange, but in tea form! It was a great way of getting rid of my chocolate cravings in a slightly healthier way, much like the Mint Choc Rooibos.
I can’t stress how much I enjoyed trying these teas. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t drink anywhere near enough water, so this has certainly helped me to increase my water in-take. It’s fun to brew the teas with an infuser, and also gets me up and away from my desk and my computer screen a few times during the working day.
And the teas are so stunning to look at, I’m planning to get some small kilner jars and fill them up with a few flavours of these teas to have on display in my kitchen!
You can visit Bluebird Tea Co in Brighton where they have a ‘Blending Workshop’ or you can buy their teas and tea products online. Prices start at around £4.95 for a packet of loose leaf tea which will make approximately 35 cups. Every time I go on that site, I see a new flavour that I want to try. I just caught a glimpse of ‘Rhubard & Custard’ – that’s going on the shopping list!
I was provided with the tea samples by Bluebird Tea Co for review purposes but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.