I was so excited when the lovely people at Bluebird Tea Co. contacted me to offer me some samples of their lovely new summer teas. I’ve never been to one of their stores (you can find them in Brighton, Bristol and Tunbridge Wells), but I’ve heard good things from lots of people, including Zoella, who has raved about them in several of her vlogs. I have to say, after trying some of their teas I can see why!
Never one to miss an opportunity to eat cake, I asked my lovely friend Julie if she’d like to have afternoon tea. She went all out with lovely finger sandwiches, delicious homemade lemon and blueberry cupcakes and some tasty fresh fruit. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right?
Bluebird’s new flavours include Sangria, Strawberry Split, Red Velvet (OMG!), and Jelly and Ice Cream. I was kindly given Sangria and Jelly and Ice Cream to try, but the other two sound incredible as well (I’m definitely ordering some of the Red Velvet!)
I tried to get a bit arty with the tea leaves, though I’m not sure it worked too well. But seriously, look how pretty they are!
What I loved about the Sangria tea was that you can really see all the ingredients, in particular lots of lovely big chunks of dried fruit. And it smelled absolutely gorgeous too, very citrusy and fresh. It contains hibiscus, apple, rosehip, orange peel, coconut, pineapple, cardamom and lime peel. I could definitely smell the orange and pineapple, and it made me think of summer holidays by the sea, and lovely warm balmy evenings. I thought it kind of also smelled like jelly babies, but Julie wasn’t so sure! Both teas can be enjoyed hot or cold, and we decided to try this one hot.
It had a wonderfully fresh and tart flavour, and really did taste as vibrant and fruity as it smelled. It wasn’t unpleasantly sour like some fruit teas I’ve tried, and we found it didn’t need any sugar. Gorgeous, fresh and summery, this one was definitely a hit! I look forward to trying it iced, I imagine it’s very refreshing.
So next we tried Jelly and Ice Cream, which I must admit I was more excited about of the two. This one contains Rooibos tea (which I love!), coconut, strawberry, hibiscus, apple, elderberry, rosehip, vanilla, cornflowers and pineapple. Doesn’t that just sound incredible?! Smell wise, it didn’t wow me like the Sangria did, but oh my gosh it was delicious!
We had this one iced, which we did simply by straining the tea over a cup of ice cubes. It can be drunk with or without milk but we decided to go without.
Oh. My. Gosh. This was divine. So smooth and sweet, you can really taste the vanilla and strawberry. It’s not too sweet though, and like the Sangria, it’s packed full of flavour. So often I’ve bought fruit teas that smelled wonderful but tasted of nothing. You definitely don’t need to worry about that with these teas. I could really pick out all the lovely different fruit flavours, and it was a perfect balance of tart, sweet and smooth, just as you’d expect from jelly and ice cream. A perfect drink to serve at a garden party or picnic, and a huge thumbs up from me.
After that, our lovely civilised afternoon took a bit of a turn when this little delinquent decided to gatecrash.
Meet Mr T, Julie’s pet tortoise! Isn’t he sweet?
I had such a lovely afternoon and the teas were a big hit. There are so many other amazing sounding flavours I’d like to try, so I see a rather large order to Bluebird Tea Co. happening in the near future! Julie was a big fan as well, and we both agreed that they’d make a lovely gift for any tea-lovers in your life.
Thank you so much to Julie for putting together such a gorgeous and Instagram-worthy spread. And a big thank you to the lovely guys at Bluebird Tea Co. for sending me my very first blogger mail! Being sent free tea- I’m living the dream, right?
Check Bluebird Tea Co. out here.