I was too chicken to order a full supply of this springtime blend, but I did get a free sample so I got to get a taste risk-free. Hot Cross Bun is one of the Easter flavors released by Bluebird Tea Company. This is a black tea and rooibos tea blend, though rooibos makes up the majority, so you won’t be overloaded with caffeine.
The scent of this blend was vibrant and noticeable right out of the bag. Some of the black tea was clearly a smoky lapsang souchong, but the smoked flavor was closely followed by a powerful, sweet vanilla scent. Quite the flavor duo.
Brewed, this tea continued to open up and show off its delicious ingredients. The smokiness cooled off, and became more like the suggestion of a fire in the fireplace. The creamy vanilla was heightened to the decadence of buttercream icing. Both flavors were nicely balanced by sweet and tart orange zest to bring it all together.
This is a great tea for those days that you want a sweet dessert blend, but don’t want to feel too much like a pastry chef. The whiff of rugged lapsang souchong brings a unique boldness to this brew and makes you appreciate favorite flavors like cream and citrus in a new light. Don’t be a chicken like me and the next time you can-order a full bag of this springtime tea before it’s gone!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black and Rooibos
Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co.
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Leaf Type: Rooibos & Honeybush
Where to Buy: Compass Teas
Our most popular tea by far! Exclusively unique to Compass Tea Company. Slip on your fuzzy robe and slippers and warm up with this yummy tea version of your favorite dessert. We suggest sweetening it with Amber Sugar Gems.
A great tasting and natural alternative to drinking decaf tea or coffee. (Could also be used as a low calorie, fat free alternative to desserts late at night.) *Naturally CAFFEINE FREE
When I first opened the package of this tisane, I was blown away with how good it smelled. The cinnamon was strong, as was the vanilla, and the combination of these two aromas was postively breathtaking! It really does smell like cinnamon buns! YUM!
That’s why I was just a little disappointed by the flavor. Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite tasty! But, I am sitting here, wishing that the flavor was more like the fragrance. More cinnamon and vanilla, and a little less in the orange flavor.
The flavor of the red and green rooibos together with the honeybush creates a very pleasant tasting base that is honey-sweet with a nice nutty flavor that lends itself well to a baked kind of taste. It compliments the cinnamon and vanilla flavors and overall, there is a cinnamon bun flavor going on in this cup.
But… why the orange? It is as though the orange washes away some of the flavor rather than enhances it.
This is a very tasty blend … and yet, disappointing. I do like the flavors as they are in this tisane, but… I think this tisane could have been so much more that what it is! It could be a Vanilla Cinnamon Bun flavored tisane, and instead I have a creamy orange spice tisane. Tasty, but just not what I expected!