Hey there Teacups I’m back today with another let’s talk tea post and this time around in going to be reviewing Bird & Blends Butter Brew blend. A sample of which was very kindly gifted to me by my tea friend becca from The Tea Library. I wasn’t asked to review this but I do get a lot of messages asking me to review more Bird and blend teas so I put the blends and a few others from Bird and blend that becca sent aside and I’m going to be reviewing them over the next few months. I had heard both good and bad things about this blend from my tea friends so I was eager to try this first to see if I would enjoy it or not.
Here’s what Bird & Blend have to say about this blend over on their website: ”You’re going to get potTEA for our caramel butter brew! We’ve combined our favourite British book/film series with every British persons favourite drink ..a good ol’ Cuppa!
Ingredients: Indian Assam Black Tea, Sri Lankan Black Tea (Ceylon),Calendula Petals & Natural Flavouring.
This tea smelt absolutely fantastic when I opened the bag and I could definitely smell the caramel that bird and blend talk about in discription of this blend. However as soon as I added the water and started to steep this blend that aroma diminished very quickly and this just smelt like a blend of black teas (which I’m not complaining about) I just didn’t expect just the addition of water would take away that delicious aroma.
The first sip I took almost caught me off gard a little bit, the black tea base of this blend is both Assam and Ceylon but I could only pick out the Assam and it is quite a strong. Hard hitting malty base for this blend. I couldn’t pick out any of the Ceylon notes I love which was a bit disappointing and in terms of caramel all I was getting was a slight sweet caramel underpinning that was a little bit underwhelming. I didn’t get any creaminess at all and it was quite a drying tea to drink and definitely had a bite of astringency that meant I didn’t take more than maybe 4 sips.
After taking a few sips of this on its own and not being overly impressed I then added a teaspoon of honey. I didn’t expect such a small amount of honey to change much but it actually made this tea much easier to drink. The honey sweetness seem to take away the astringency and amplify the caramel notes a little bit. It’s definitely more of a burnt caramel note than anything though which while nice isn’t really what I expected from this blend and its delicious aroma. With the addition of they honey it was a little bit easier to drink but still very drying. Meaning that again I only took a few sips.
I then added a bit of soya milk to this tea to see if the addition of a slightly sweetened soya milk would help at all and luckily it did. The addition of milk seems to really make this blend shine. It makes the astringency disappear and does add a nice creaminess that this blend promised on its own but didn’t deliver. It definitely needs that creaminess to make it easier to drink. The caramel note is able to come through a little more after the milk calms the black tea notes a little bit which is nice but still not strong enough for my liking.
With a blend that is inspired by caramel I definitely would have expected to see some caramel pieces in this blend it was really underwhelming in terms of that caramel note and just the simple addition of something like that would have really balanced out this blend. However even with the addition of both milk and honey this was still very drying to drink and I’m not sure why but I’m guessing that it’s some to do with the flavourings as I never normally get this when I drink both Assam and Ceylon unflavoured. This was nice to try out and I’m so thankful Becca share what she had with me. If I do repurchase this in the future I’ll have to make sure I add in some caramel pieces because that really would take the blend to a whole new level.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.7/5
If you want to find out more about this blend and purchase some for yourself once it’s available again you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*This tea was gifted to me by a tea friend and not by Bird & Blend directly. I was not asked to review it by Bird & Blend. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*