Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing the Bruu Tea Subscription Box I received for the month of May. They very kindly gifted me a 3 month subscription (starting in May) and this is the first box of those three I received, though I have had one other box from them. If you’ve read my first review featuring them you’ll know that I really enjoyed that box and thought it was one of the best tea subscription boxes I’ve had for a while so when they asked me if I wanted to review a few more boxes over 3 months I instantly said yes because I knew that I was in for such a treat and I couldn’t wait to see which of their teas I was going to get to try next.
If you aren’t familiar with the Bruu Tea Subscription, each box is £10 and you get three different bags of tea, a discover tea sample and a surprise gift. You can rate the teas or tisanes you get each month so your future teas and tisanes can be customised to what type of teas or tisanes you like. So far in the two boxes I’ve tried I have had a mixture of flavoured teas, non flavoured straight / pure teas and tisanes and I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them and look forward to seeing the mix I get in each box and finding out which of the teas each month is going to be my favourite.
When it came to what was in the box I got in May I was surprised by which one was my favourite and I love that each months I get to try a few things that are new to me. Bruu have such an extensive range of teas and tisanes that I can imagine it will take a good few months if not years to make it through each and everyone of them, so you are bound to get something new to you in each box.
The three main teas / tisanes that I received in my may box were: Cheeky Digestive, Yin and Yang and Pedro OP. I’ve now does tasting sessions with them all my here are my thoughts on all of them.
Cheeky Digestive (Tisane)| As soon as I saw that this blend has been included in my box for May I was so happy as this is one of Bruu’s blends that I’ve had my eyes on for a while. It has a very long list of ingredients but what drew me to this blend initially was the fact that it has Pineapple Cubes, White Chocolate Chips and Marshmallows in and that sounded like the start of an absolutely delicious blend to me but didn’t scream digestives to me at all. I’ll be honest to me this didn’t taste like digestives to me it tastes like custard and custard cream biscuits which I am not complaining about all as I love custard. I loved this blend so much that I opened it on the day the box arrived and by the end of that same day I had finished the whole bag. It is absolutely delicious hot and doesn’t need anything added to it at all. It’s naturally sweet and very well balanced and so incredibly moreish. This is a blend I will be purchasing lots more of in the future because I need it my tea cupboard again. OTR: 5/5
Pedro OP (Black Tea) | As I’m sure you all know by now I’m a huge fan of black tea and I always enjoy getting to do tasting sessions with black teas I’ve never tried before so I was excited to see a non flavoured / blended black tea had been included in this box. I love blends don’t get me wrong but I love tea for the way it tastes on it’s own and love getting the opportunity to do tasting sessions with them, often times I end up enjoying them much more than blends as blends and flavoured teas can just be a bit too over complicated sometimes. This is a Sri Lankan black tea that is full of flavour, yet light and delicate, I’ve tried this a few different ways now and I have to say that this is best with just a little bit of honey added. Even though its full of flavour because it is also quite light and delicate it doesn’t take milk too well and I wouldn’t recommend you add it. It’s got an insanely smooth mouthfeel too it though it can get a little drying in the throat towards the end of the cup. All in all though it’s a pleasure to drink and I did enjoy it a lot it’s one I think would be perfect for an afternoon tea. OTR: 5/5
Yin & Yang (Green Tea) | This is a Chinese green tea grown in south-eastern China near the river Yangtze – with sweet and sour notes working in harmony together hence the name Yin & Yang. I prepared this on it’s own the first time I tried it and while I did enjoy it, I was expecting much more from its name and description than what came through when it came to how this tea tastes. It’s naturally quite sweet and of course there are some vegetal notes in there but they weren’t as strong as I would have liked them to be. I didn’t get the sweet and sour notes at all that Bruu spoke about in the description. I steeped this for two and a half minutes as the guide said 1-3 minutes and I honestly think I could have done with steeping it for a little bit longer so those vegetal notes were given a little bit more time to shine, and I definitely think this would have made it a little more well rounded. I was expecting more from this tea than what it gave and because of that I was disappointing but enjoyed it for what it was because I have had green teas that have been much worse. I might try cold brewing what I have left of this and see how that effects the overall flavour profile. OTR: 3/5
The Discover Tea & Surprise Gift
The discover tea in this box was a CTC black tea from Munnar. As I said earlier in this post I’m a huge black tea fan so I enjoyed it especially with a splash of soya milk and some honey, it was a perfect tea to start a day with and I had fun dipping my rich tea biscuits into it. The surprise gift was a Tribe All Natural Protein bar of which I had never heard of or tired before and while I wasn’t sure If I was going to enjoy it, I gave it a try anyway as white chocolate and raspberry is one of my favourite flavour combinations and I actually ended up loving it. The best thing about the surprise gifts in these boxes is that they push me to try new things that I would never pick up for myself. I can’t wait to see what the gift in next months box is going to be.
Overall Teacup Rating (For The Box): 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Bruu Tea and their subscription box 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 do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The subscription box featured in the post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*