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Let’s Talk Tea | Tea Sparrow – Autumn Box (2019) Review

Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time I’ll be reviewing Tea Sparrow’s – 2019 Autumn Box. I really wanted to get this post up not long after they send me this box to review as I didn’t want it to get out dated fast but my body had other ideas and I simply wasn’t able to post as much as I wanted to post during the later half of 2019 hence why this post is going up now.

For those of you who don’t know about Tea Sparrow they are a tea subscription service set up by tea lover for tea lovers offering a fantastic range of pure teas, tea based blends and tisanes. Each box contains four teas and there is enough in each bag of tea to make at least three-four cups and each box is only $20.

 

The four teas/tisanes that were sent to me are: Organic Masala Chai (Black Tea), Pina Colada (Flavoured Green Tea), Crimson Currants (Tisane) & Organic Sunset (Rooibos) | Everyone else’s Autumn box contained a vanilla mint rooibos instead of the organic sunset but because mint triggers my migraines, the team over at Tea Sparrow very kindly replaced it for me.

 

 

RoundPhoto_Jan122020_105159.pngMasala Chai (Black Tea) – I’m more than sure that by now you all know just how much I love Chai and you really can not beat a classic Masala Chai. Masala Chai was the first Chai I tried while doing a Chai workshop at T2 a while ago so I’ve loved chai for a long time now. I do have a top 5 when it comes to Chai and it’s not changed in a while so I’m always eager to try new ones and see if they can wow me enough to chance my top 5. Sadly that wasn’t the case with this one, while it is a delicious and well balanced blend and it made for a great stove top latte It was just missing that wow factor it needed to make it into my top five. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the tea base it was fantastic and strong and stood its ground against the soya milk I added the spices in the blend however could have done with being a little bit stronger as I do love a chai with a good spicy kick. I would drink this again but I don’t know if I would rush to buy it over other Chai’s I’ve tried. Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5

 

 

 

RoundPhoto_Jan122020_105214.pngCrimson Currants (Tisane) – I’ll be completely honest with you all when I first saw this in the package I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this at all. I not a fan of red berry & hibiscus in tisanes and I definitely judged this one before giving it a fair chance because it has a lot of ingredients in it that aren’t normally my favourite. I’m sure that you’ll all know me well enough now to know that I can’t stomach drinks with hot hibiscus in them so of course I cold brewed this overnight in my T2 jug. I used the whole bag and 1.2L of cold water and left it to steep overnight in the fridge. I’m very glad I did that because it stopped this blend from being overly tart and it actually made for a really refreshing iced tea. I think that the lemongrass made thing blend for me without it this definitely would have been very one note. It added a lemon hard candy note to this which I really enjoyed. It’s not very naturally sweet but does have quite a syrupy mouthfeel. This would be a perfect base for a summer mocktail.  Overall Teacup Rating: 4.4/5

 

 

 

RoundPhoto_Jan122020_105117.pngPina Colada (Green Tea) –  One think you all might not know about me is that I can’t stomach tropical flavours like pineapple when they are steeped hot. Coconut I don’t mind, I can have that hot or cold but pineapple is just one of those flavours that I cant quite stomach hot. So I chose to cold steep this rather than steep it hot and not enjoy it. Again just like the Crimson Currants I used the whole bag of this and I steeped it in my T2 Jug overnight in 1/2L of cold water and it worked really well. The green tea used in this blend when cold brewed provided a nice soft vegetal base and a subtle natural sweetness both of which pair with the pineapple and the coconut really well. I was worried when I first went to taste it that by steeping it overnight I had steeped it way too long and that it was going to be astringent, bitter and have a really dry mouthfeel but luckily I hadn’t and it was an absolute pleasure to drink. I would definitely purchase more of this and drink it throughout the summer something tells me it would be so refreshing during those hot (I hope) summer days. Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5

 

 

 

RoundPhoto_Jan122020_105143.pngOrganic Sunset (Rooibos) – I’m so thankful to the team at Tea Sparrow were kind enough to switch out the Vanilla Mint Rooibos that everyone else got in the box for this Organic Sunset Rooibos. As much as I would have loved the taste of a Vanilla Mint Rooibos I know that the mint in it would have triggered my migraines so I thought it better to ask them to switch it out if they could, luckily they were incredibly understanding and were happy to switch it out for me. This blend is sweet and simple its a rooibos with vanilla and sometimes sweet and simple is what you need, because I enjoyed this blend so much in fact it was probably one of my favourite blends in the entire box. I used this to make rooibos lattes to have as my bedtime drink to help me relax and get ready for sleep and it worked so well. If you have ever had Horlicks, it reminded me a bit of that and really helped me calm down and relax. The vanilla could be a little bit stronger but you can fix that easily by using vanilla soya milk. Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5

 

 

All in all I think this box is a great value your money as all of the teas you get are of a great quality. It’s probably one of the best subscription boxes I’ve had since I started my blog (and there has been a few). I can see this being a great gift for someone who is just getting into tea because through this box they will get to try a little bit of everything. If I didn’t already have a sizeable tea collection I would definitely consider subscribing to this box mostly because I would be interested in seeing if it could introduce me to something new.

 

If you want to find out more about Tea Sparrow and subscribe yourself or a loved on to this great tea subscription you can do both here. Right now you can use code TEAISAWISH to get 20% off so now is the perfect time to sign up. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me in Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.

Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley

 

 

 

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