When Bluebird said they wanted to send me something Christmassy I was expecting a couple more of the little sample sachets of tea (as in my last post, here), but with a Christmas theme. I was not expecting a huge hamper of beautiful Christmas themed goodies, it'd be safe to say I was amazed!
This hamper, the 'Christmas Selection Gift Hamper', is worth £50, so it'd be a great gift for someone you have a higher budget for but if you have a smaller budget then take a look at the rest of their Christmas section as there's gifts to suit all budgets.
I thought that these tea related accessories were a lovely way to give something more lasting, as part of the hamper, the tote bag and mug both being rather cute and the strainer is, without a doubt, the best tea strainer I've seen. I know that that's a bit of a weird statement, but it's true. As you can see in the top picture, it sits much flatter when it's folded down, but once you pop it in a cup (as above) you can see that it opens out and allows the tea to sit deep in the mug, thus allowing for better steeping. Ok so it's a small detail, but it's one I was rather pleased with.
In terms of the drinkable elements of the hamper, there's 4 different offerings. The first is the Gingerbread Chai which is made with a Rooibos tea and contains cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and mallow flower. I enjoyed this tea but it was the strongest of the three and probably the one I'll drink least as it's very spiced. It's delicious, though, and I may try it with a little honey soon, to mellow out the flavours a little. It's very, very Christmas though, and it smells amazing, it's no surprise that it's been so popular over past years. I, also, liked the fact that it's a caffeine free option which, of course, is a bit easier for me at the moment as it means I don't have to take up some of my daily, pregnancy, caffeine allowance.
This tea, in the hamper, comes in bags and you get 15 per packet. I have to say I am always so entranced by the beautiful appearance of Bluebird's teas, there's always something in there to make them just so so beautiful - In this instance, the Mallow Flower.
Next up is the 'Snowball' black tea. Now this one has to come out of my daily caffeine allowance, but my goodness is it worth it! This was, definitely, my favourite of all three of the teas in the box, though it's definitely one for the coconut lovers. Along with the black tea it contains coconut, cacao bean and mini marshmallows to create the beautiful flavour - And there's the thing, it really does taste like a snowball! You know those marshmallow blobs with chocolate and coconut on the outside? It's one of those to a tee. The flavour is quite subtle, but there's no denying what it's meant to be and it's just delicious.
This was a loose leaf tea and came in a 50g pack. Again, how beautiful? You can see the red cornflowers along with the actual pieces of marshmallow and the cacao, it's just amazing.
Lastly, for the teas, we have 'Christmas Cake' which comes in a really fun bauble that contains 10 bags. I don't think this will be going on our tree, we have too many baubles already, but wouldn't this be a fun way to present a gift to a tea-loving friend or family member?
The Christmas cake tea is less intense than the Gingerbread Chai and, again, I really liked it. It's still spiced, but it has more of sweetness to it which balances really nicely with the spiced elements. As well as the tea it contains vanilla, almond, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, spruce needles and little snowflake candy pieces - I don't think you can get more Christmassy than that list right there!
When I first opened the bauble I was hit with the smell of cloves, which did leave me a little uncertain, but once I brewed the tea the flavour wasn't anywhere near as overriding as I had worried, it balanced nicely with everything else.
And how festive do these tea bags look with their cute little snowflakes inside!
I made this one in a kilner jar glass because I wanted to be able to see the glitter that was promised and you can, just about, see it floating on the top. I try not to be too taken in by these things, but glittery tea definitely did something for me.
Lastly the hamper contained a 'Mulled Wine Cocktail Kit'. I've never had mulled wine, before, so was very excited about this. I, of course, can't drink wine at the moment (or I can, in reason, but I chose not to) so I thought I'd try this out with some alcohol free red wine. I've not made it yet but keep an eye out on my Twitter or Instagram where I'll be posting once I've given this a go.
So this has been a slightly picture heavy post, but there's been so many beautiful elements to this hamper that I just had to show you as much as I could. If you have a tea lover to buy for, this Christmas, I'd definitely recommend checking out the gift section on the Bluebird site, there's so many amazing ideas from stocking fillers to accessories, from individual teas to full on hampers.
I'd love to know if any of you have any exciting tea discoveries, I'm finally back drinking hot drinks again and I've missed them so much.