Hi Friends. I know, I know. I said last month that that one was the last one, BUT Paromi let me know that they sent me the October one AND I learned yesterday that they are also sending me the November Box! I am going to be saturated with Paromi Tea, and I will love absolutely every second of it. The October Box included: Pumpkin Spice, Rose to the Occasion, Genmaicha Chocola-Ta, and Fruit & Hemp Leaves. Not to spoil anything, but there were two shining stars in this bunch.
Analyzation of the Tea
Rose to the Occasion: This tea was so aromatic, oh my goodness. Rose scents lingered around my nose with bits of sweetness and…something else (the lychee?). The taste was just as complex and confusing and wonderful. There was a sweetness that was present as the tea went down my throat. However, this tea soon took a turn in my household. My brother claimed that the tea was too complex. My mom loved the first steeping and then thought the second steeping was too complex as well. While I could see where they were coming from, I thought the complexity of the tea really added an interesting factor when drinking. However, this tea is not one to drink while focusing, as you will probably get drawn away from work and into trying to figure out what the heck you are tasting (in a good way).
Ingredients: Apple Bits, Strawberry Leaves, Lemon Balm Leaves, Rose Hip Husks, Beetroot Bits, Lemon Grass, Rose Petals, Rose Buds, Orange Blossoms, Natural Rose Flavor, Natural Lychee Flavor
Fruit and Hemp Tea: I really enjoyed this tea; it was quite calming to drink. It was odd because there was a leafy taste to this tea with some light strawberry sweetness, but it was not a bad leafy taste. The aroma was lemony with some extra sweetness that was hard to identify. Sometimes where there are so many herbal ingredients, it can be hard for me to identify each flavor. I had it a few more times, and it is a very soothing taste and body to the tea. Probably a really good choice before bed, as it definitely relaxed my mental state and stress. The aroma of the tea is just as interesting as the taste and it was very hard to pick out individual scents.
Ingredients: Strawberry Leaves, Lemon Balm Leaves, Buckwheat Puffed, Hemp Leaves, Lemon Grass, Chamomile Flowers, Natural Passionfruit Flavor, Rose Petals, Marigold Blossoms, Natural Pineapple Flavor, Natural Peach Flavor
Chocolate Genmaicha: Okay, stay with me here. Imagine a light chocolate drink with the toastiness of marshmallows and a hint of matcha/vegetal goodness? That is definitely this tea. I was unsure of how the rice would fit in with this tea, but as I drank this tea (I have had this tea so many times, it might actually be a top favorite of mine) I found that the rice gave the tea a toasty feeling much like a marshmallow would in hot chocolate. It was a warming drink and was quite a fulfilling drink. The smell of the spent leaves was a quite toasty aroma, like a rice cake. The leaves were definitely interesting before and after, as the leaves before steeping were almost a dark brown and looked coated in chocolate or something. Then after sleeping, they are more animated and life-like with the light brown coming from the rice and the leaves a tad bit greener. I think this might actually be one of my favorites in Paromi history. I will note that there are some odd natural flavors in this tea (biscuit and popcorn flavor??), but it definitely did not take over the taste.
Ingredients: Organic Cocoa Husk, Organic Cocoa Beans, Organic Barley Malt, Organic Green Tea, Organic Roasted Rice, Organic Matcha, Organic Roasted Chicory Root, Organic Coconut, Organic Carob, Organic Cocoa Powder, Natural Caramel Flavor, Natural Biscuit Flavor, Natural Popcorn Flavor
Pumpkin Spice: This tea is spicy and warm tasting, with a nice energizing effect. I find that most pumpkin spice teas that I tried before have non-caffeinated versions, so if I am in the Fall mood, I normally have to stick to Black Chai Tea. I am so excited to have a caffeinated version of my favorite fall tea. I was really able to taste the pumpkin flavoring in this tea, with a nice feeling of cinnamon on my tongue. There were hints of sweetness in the top of my hard palate on the roof of my mouth after each sip, but I was not quite sure what that was from. I was wondering if there was clove in this tea (I had not looked at the ingredients, haha, there is clove) because there was more spice than just cinnamon, but I was unable to see what it was. Out of all of the black tea pumpkin spice teas that I received from this fall season, this was definitely at the top.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, China Pu Erh, Pumpkin Pieces, Carrot Flakes, Pepper, Cloves, Natural Pumpkin Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor
Analyzation of the Price
This subscription box is $30 for a one time purchase or $25 if a recurring order. Honestly, that is not a bad deal at all for quality, organic tea. Each tea comes out to about $7.50 for 1 ounce of tea. Their estimate is about 36 cups of tea, but I am pretty sure that with double steeping I will be able to get more. I think that is a good price on the box, especially with the quality of the tea that you receive.
The train keeps rolling and I am so blessed to be a part of these reviews. I cannot thank Paromi enough or all of my readers enough, this is an amazing opportunity that I cannot believe I am able to continue to do. I definitely have seen Paromi EVERYWHERE since collaborating with them. In a local store. In my goodie bag from Chicago International Tea Festival. Comment if you have seen this brand anywhere! Happy Brewing!