So we come to the final 10 days of the Bluebird Tea Co Advent Calendar. Unfortunately I have been disappointed several times by the contents over these 10 days but I have also had the chance to try a few new flavours. So what was in final part of the calendar?
|First Flush Darjeeling, Bluebird Tea Co|
Day 15 – Bluebird Pin Badge
This badge is so cute. A little pin that I can put on my Lush bag when I go to uni. Hopefully they will be selling these (and other nice merchandise) on their site soon.
Day 16 – Skinny Minny
This was a very light tasting tea so great if you don’t like strong flavours. I drank this after breakfast to east digestion throughout the day and to give me a natural energy kick as it is great for digestion and boosting metabolism.
Day 17 – Vegan-friendly Snowball
I was really looking forward to this tea. Black tea with coconut, cocoa and veggie marshmallow – YUM! As this was hand-packed, it came in a special tea bag unlike the others. I accidentally ripped it but this was fine as I put the contents into my meshed teapot. Alas no marshmallows!?! I was so excited to try a marshmallowy tea and when it came down to it, there were none.
|Very pretty but where are the marshmallows?|
Day 18 – Another delicious vegan chocolate
Day 19 – Dozy Girl
I am a big fan of relaxing teas. If you often drink chamomile tea then this one is for you. My job makes me very stressed and I find drinking certain teas to calm me right down. This is chamomile, lemon verbena, hibiscus, rose petals and lavender. Very therapeutic with a fragile taste. This is without doubt going to be in my shopping basket in the future. Great for calming down as well as for dozy boys.
Day 20 – First Flush Darjeeling
Unfortunately I did not enjoy this. Despite brewing for a very long time, the tea was still rather weak tasting. I was a bit annoyed when I saw that the ‘regular’ calendar contained a Pumpkin Pie tea instead.
Day 21 – Honey Bee Beautiful
This is already one of my favourite teas. Sweet, floral and just delicious. See my full review here.
Day 22 – Lemon Matcha
Another great matcha. I must admit that I have been very happy with the size of these sample tins as I still have a tiny bit left in my first tin. They last several cups. The lemon isn’t as strong and zesty as I thought it might be but this is a good thing as I can enjoy the taste of the matcha with a little hint of lemon in the background.
Day 23 – Another vegan caramel chocolate.
Day 24 – Christmas Cake
I wish that there was something different behind this door, something special to celebrate Christmas Eve. Instead I had to end my calendar on an annoyed note as this tea contained ‘hardened peanut oil’ in the snowflake sprinkles of which I could only see one (to make matters worse). But my loss was my partners gain. It smelt good and tasted amazing. At least I know what to get him for Christmas next year.
|Christmas Cake tea, Bluebird Tea Co|
I loved the candle and pin badge but I do not think it was worth the amount paid. Perhaps if there were two teabags behind each door and maybe a special treat behind the last door like a spoon or tea mesh then that would justify the cost but if I had known I was paying £35 for 18 bags of tea (one of which I was allergic to so couldn’t drink), 4 chocolates, a pin badge and a tea light candle then I would have reconsidered my purchase.
It it not all doom and gloom however. I have looked forward to opening my calendar every day and I have been browsing his 72 hour Boxing Day Sale, considering which teas I will pick (Monkey Chops and Jelly + Ice Cream). With so many advent calendars, there is a lot of competition and I am happy that Bluebird took other dietary needs into account and offered a vegan alternative to their regular calendar. Not many companies would even think about that so thank you. I look forward to seeing their limited edition spring teas!