It has been soooo long since I sat down and wrote a tea related post - I've been loving posting more different posts recently but sometimes you just need to go back to your roots, and the roots of this blog are firmly chilling in a cup of tea. If you've been reading for a while then I'm sure you know who Bird and Blend are, but in case you don't here's what you need to know.  Formerly known as Bluebird Tea Co, Bird and Blend started off in the owners (Mike and Krisi) bedroom in Brighton in 2012 and over the last 6 years they have expanded to selling there hand blended teas and infusions worldwide online, and they have physical stores in Brighton, Bristol, Nottingham, Tumbridge Wells, Manchester and 2 store in London. Bird and Blend were the brand that helped get me into tea, I came across their stall at Glastonbury 2015, and finding their teas was what prompted me to to specifically start a blog about tea, so that I could share their blends in anyway I could. They're really great people who make really great teas. 

Bird & Blend have bought out some amazing limited edition teas in the past but one of my all time favourites has to be Spiced Pumpkin Pie, this blend is black tea based and has a spicy little hit from cinnamon and clove, and sweet carrot and vanilla to give it a sweet little edge. This tea is probably one of the greatest tea lattes that this planet has to offer, use two teabags (or two tsps of loose leaf) and brew up 3/4 of your mug of tea, then heat up 1/4 mug of almond milk , froth up with a milk frother and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and you have literally got a cosy fall evening in a mug. This year has also seen the introduction of SPP's lil baby, Baby Spice, which contains the same autumnal spices and fruity apple and rosehip to give this caffeine free blend a nice base. 

Probably the most exciting of all the B&B fall collection was the release of 3 new matchas. Toffee Apple Matcha is super sweet but has an underlying crisp apple flavour, Spearmint S'cream is creamy, think mint choc chip ice cream but without the choc (I haven't tried this one yet, but I really want to try it in a latte with Alpro dark chocolate almond milk), and Maca Mocha is rich and packs a real caffeine kick from the guarana. If you're interested in seeing any of these bad boys in action then click here to see some of the amazing recipes that my fellow tea reps have created, or click the photo below to see my recipe for Maca Mocha Choco Hazelnut Spread, I promise it tastes EVEN BETTER than it sounds. If you fancy trying any of these teas out, or any of the amazing permanent teas that Bird and Blend sell then you can use my code AMYLEETEABIRD41 for 20% off your first order. 

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