Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Bird & Blend’s – Peach Cobbler blend. The bag of this that I have was very kindly gifted to me by Becca from the The Tea Library when we did a tea swap and knew as soon as I saw it in the box she sent that I had to do a review of it. One thing I find when it comes to Bird & Blend is that I can never find too many in depth review of their blends so I’m doing my best to try and provide as many as possible for those of you who may be thinking about making an order but want to know all about the blends and whether they are worth it first.
Here’s what Bird & Blend have to say about this blend over on their website: “Our first black tea + peach pairing and a heavenly one indeed! This blend tastes like a classic cobbler straight from the oven… warm, gooey, sweet with that delightful golden-brown crust”.
Ingredients: Sri Lankan black tea, freeze-dried peach, pink cornflowers, natural flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: on its own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and as a latte (hot). I wanted to make sure I tried it a few ways as I always do with flavoured tea blends as they really can be very versatile and I like to see which ways work the best and how creative I can be with the flavour profile they provide. Peach is one of my favourites fruity notes to pair with black tea but it takes a lot of work to balance it out so that it doesn’t overpower tea tea base but it’s present and noticeable. I was really hoping that going into this, this blend was going to be well balanced.
When I brewed this on its own the black tea was definitely the star and sadly it did seem to overpower the peach notes. The peach was present but very subtle because the black tea base is quite strong and slight astringent but I didn’t give up on the blend at this point and instead went straight into experimenting with it to see if I could do anything to balance it out. The first thing I did was add a teaspoon of honey. Doing so took the astringency away from the black tea and seemed to mellow it out enough that the peach element was definitely much more noticeable and the sweetness the honey provided made that peach tastes like one of my favourites gummy sweets, peach rings. I could have happily just stopped at this point and carried on drinking this with just the addition of honey but I had to see if this blend would work as a latte. I will say that in terms of the cobbler element of this it was lacking that buttery note that comes from the topping of a cobbler, so that element could do with some work.Luckily it did work well as a latte and the addition of the frothed soya milk didn’t overpower the now stronger peach notes or the black tea which I was so happy about. I love that this latte tasted like peaches and cream because it was instantly taken to a much more indulgent level for me. I’m really glad that I took the time to try this as a latte as well, because I honestly think that that this my favourite way to drink this. I only wish I had tried it as an iced latte as well because I think the peaches and cream flavour really does lend its self much more to and iced latte than a hot one.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.5/5
If you want to know more about Bird & Blend and purchase some of this for yourself, 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 very best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was not gifted to me by Bird and blend nor did they ask me to review it. I simply did so because I wanted to. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*