Bluebird Tea Co – Spreading happiness, one cup at a time
Despite launching in Brighton in 2013, it wasn’t until I went on the VIB Food Tour earlier this year that I discovered Bluebird Tea Co Mixologists (clearly I’ve been walking around the Brighton lanes with my eyes closed.) On the tour I tried a wonderful refreshing cold Lemonade Matcha tea and it was love at first sip. That was summer, now as we move into Autumn the tea mixologists are encouraging people to explore more teas fitting of the new season.
A local independent business
Before I move on to talk about the teas they sent me, here’s a little video with the two owners, Krisi and Mike, a young couple who built the company from scratch almost entirely by themselves. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that as much as I enjoy reviewing food and drink in and around Brighton, I also love to meet the people behind the business and share their stories and wisdom.
Review – Part 1
It was a lovely sunny Sunday so I decided to have a tea party in the garden . I couldn’t resist getting our best tea set out with teapot, milk jug and sugar cubes to boot. Although, as I’m going through a clumsy phase at the moment, the entire time I had it out, I was petrified I was going to drop something and lose a precious part to the set. Only last week I chucked a cup of tea all over my Macbook, which caused major distress. In case you’re wondering it did survive… just. HUGE thanks to the miracle workers at Brighton Laptop Doctor for the recovery! Anyhow, I digress…. back to the tea.
Once you go black, you never go back
The first tea, Rooibos Earl Grey (£5.20 for 15 teabags), had a lightly perfumed flavour and was both warming and refreshing at the same time. Made with rooibos leaves, mallow flowers, blue cornflowers and flavours it’s a naturally caffeine-free tea. Ideal if, like me, you enjoy drinking tea right until bedtime but can find it stops you sleeping. I’ve had Earl Grey with milk before and not liked it all. However, served black I’ve been totally converted to it. I’m intrigued by the last undisclosed ingredient – I guess the “flavours” are a secret.
Christmas in a cup
The second tea, Spiced Pumpkin Chai (£6.00 for 15 teabags), is a limited edition mix and was my favourite. As I took my first sip I instantly understood why it’s the winner of a 2016 Great Taste Award. It reminded me of Christmas in a cup with sweet and spicy flavours and again very refreshing. The blend is Ceylon black tea, carrot pieces, “Halloween sprinkles” (sugar, rice flour, hardened peanut oil, potato starch, flavour, colours, E120, E153, E180a), cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla pieces and flavour – again why so cryptic?
Inspired to explore the world of tea
Each morning I have a cup of Clippers Everyday Tea, with milk and one sugar. It’s a routine I’ve fallen into and I admit I’m a bit of a caffeine fiend. Sampling these creative blends has reminded me to mix up what I drink and explore the world of tea more. So tomorrow I’m off to the shops to buy myself a bamboo whisk and work my way through a few more samples I’ve been sent, including a new Matcha, which is mega-caffeinated and chocolate flavoured.
Need to know
Both the teas mentioned are available in either luxury, biodegradable tea bags or loose leaf, in various sizes. And, if you’re not near Brighton you don’t have to miss out either, as both these blends can be bought via the website bluebirdteaco.com.
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*Disclosure: Bluebird Tea Co sent me a selection of teas to try, in exchange for an honest review. But I’m already a fan of their little shop and thus happy to recommend them on my blog!