Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing a new tea subscription service by the name of Blue Tea Box. You all know that ever since Tea Tourist stopped doing their tea subscription I’ve been looking for something to replace it and so far I’ve tried quite a few different ones but none of them have really come close to what Tea Tourist had to offer.
So, when Blue Tea Box said they wanted to collaborate and have me review the first Blue Tea Box I jumped at the chance, mostly because I want a tea subscription back in my life and I really wanted to see what Blue Tea Box had to offer. After hearing nothing but amazing things about their Blue Coffee Box (which is their main business) I knew I was in for a treat.Here’s what Blue Tea Box have to say about their subscription service over on their website: ”We love tea. Tea comes in all shapes and flavours and, in our opinion, all should be experienced with an open mind. Master tea merchants and blenders can create drinks that leave the palate begging for more. And, with loose leaf tea, you can usually get another brew from the same leaves. The world is full of ever-expanding coffee shop chains, and we love coffee, too. But it’s not easy to recreate those fancy coffees at home. Tea is easy.
At home or at work, all you need is a kettle a cup and, maybe, a simple infuser or a filter bag. It’s a treat for you or the perfect gift for any occasion, whether black or green, fruit or herbal, with or without caffeine, or exotic pu-erh, oolong or white teas. What a choice. And, after all, who doesn’t like tea?. The Blue Tea Box experience is unique and your support is hugely appreciated. We seriously care about you and your opinions. Our customer service levels are second to none. So, if there is ever anything you need help with or if you have any feedback or advice for us, please, please let us know.”Here are the two subscription options that Blue Tea Box currently offer: The Blue Tea Bag Subscription which is £6.99 a month and includes 1 75g bag of tea (which is enough for around 30-60 cups tea tea) & The Blue Tea Box Subscription which includes Three 45g Bags of loose leaf tea each month (which is enough for around 54-108 cups of tea). I was very kindly sent the Blue Tea Box and as such a received three different 40g bags of tea. One Black Tea, One Green Tea & One Oolong.
Tea Tasting Notes
The Black Tea – Twenty Four Seven By Twist Tea | A blend of the finest leaves carefully cut to produce a strong brew in minutes. One of their Caffeine Collection, this is a blend of the ‘finest’ Indian Assam and Kenyan black teas. The whole leaves have been carefully cut to produce a strong tea in just two minutes. As a lover of black teas who tea journey was started in her early childhood I loved this blend, because when I had it with milk and honey it tastes just like the tea I drank as a child and a young adult until I learned about loose leaf and it made me feel so nostalgic. It’s robust, heavily malty with slight woody and nutty undertones and a subtle honey like sweetness. It’s such a tasty blend and one I would no doubt reach for with my toast in the morning for the best kick start to my day. Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
The Green Tea – Organic China Special Gunpowder By Tea House Emporium | I’ll be honest green tea isn’t my favourite (Black Tea & Oolong come first and second) but I will drink it and I do enjoy it. It’s just not something I will reach for first (right now anyway) and for some reason I’ve always put off trying Gunpowder Green Teas. I’m not 100% sure why because it’s name only come from the fact that it looks like grains of gunpowder and the taste isn’t altered at all.
So I was a little bit hesitant to try this but excited that Blue Tea Box had included it so I could give it a try for the first time and see what I had been missing out on all this time. Despite it’s name this tea is actually quite subtle with a mostly vegetal grass flavour to it and a very light sweetness. I was surprised to pick out an extremely light smoky note in the aftertaste followed by a copper undertone. The mouthfeel was a little bit drying but it didn’t effect my enjoyment at all. If you are looking for a nice iced green tea this is the one to go for as it really does lend itself well to being iced. Safe to say I’ll be doing my best to try more Gunpowder Greens in the future. Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
The Oolong – Body Boost By Jenier World Of Teas | When I saw that an oolong based blend had been included in my box I couldn’t have been happier after all I love oolong just as much as I love black tea. But sadly because of the added yerba Mate in this blend that made it has a weird bitter note to it towards the back of the mouth this just wasn’t my cup of tea. Which actually made me quite sad because all of the other ingredients in this blend I love and without the yerba mate I think this would honestly be a delicious blend both hot and iced but I just couldn’t drink this. I’m not entirely surprised because the I’m yet to enjoy a blend that contains Yerba Mate and I don’t I ever will. I appreciate what this blend as been blended to do and the target audience they are trying to appeal to with it but it just isn’t for me. Overall teacup Rating: 0.5/5
If you’re like me and you love having a Tea Subscription to look forward to each month I would recommend giving Blue Tea Box a try and least for a month or two to see if it appeals to you. Overall I think both subscription options are a really good deal for the amount of tea you get. It’s much more reasonably priced than a lot of tea subscription out there now.
If you want to know more about Blue Tea Box and sign up to their subscription service 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 answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley