Happy Happy Saturday! Welcome back to another post on my Subscription Box Saturday mini-series. I might be doing the next few posts a bit spaced out, but I am hoping to keep this mini-series strong. Today’s subscription box is from Blue Tea Box, a UK based tea company focusing primarily on subscription tea boxes. I purchased their Blue Tea Box – 3 teas subscription, and here is my analysis:
What is the Price?
The price of the Blue Tea Box subscription is £12.99 p/month ($16.03 USD). For international shipping, an additional fee of £1.99 ($2.49 USD) was added, but the UK has free delivery. You get three large bags of tea to try out and info cards to help be informed on what is in the box. There is also a cheaper option of a one tea bag subscription.
What is the Packaging?
The tea came in a very flat box that was branded with their logo and colors and held the three tea pouches. The pouches themselves were not the most airtight as the aroma from the Orange Chai and the Good Morning Sunshine both came through the top of the pouch when closed. The labeling and branding was quite colorful and lovely though.
What Sourcing Information is Available?
On each packaging label, there is the country of origin. I wish there was a bit more information available. Blue Tea Box seems like they approach small tea businesses and use them in their boxes with repackaging, so the tea comes from one of the seventeen partners. They did not have the tea partner on the packaging, so I have no idea how to further pursue the tea besides going on each site and trying to track it down (more time would be needed). Blue Tea Box does claim to work with small tea merchants who try to change things for the better for both the farmer and the worker.
Let’s Get Into the Teas:
Orange Chai: I was really excited to make this tea, as it smelled a bit sweeter and orangier than previous Chai that I have tried. It does remind me a bit of Christmas/Holiday tea. The aroma was spicy with aromas of cinnamon and cardamom, almost reminding me of potpourri. After tasting it, I can determine that this is definitely a sweet chai. I made it over the stove with all of the works (lactose-free milk and honey). The tea brewed for about four minutes, and then I added in the milk and honey. The resulting tea was sweet and spicy all at the same time. The orange notes paired so well with the milk and honey and just complimented everything greatly. Honestly, this might be my favorite chai. It just worked so perfectly as a mid-day pick me up and a small break from work. I have been trying to make my chai a bit more authentically lately as it really helps bring me peace by making tea in a different way and having my mind focus on something that is not repetitive actions.
Ingredients: Nilgiri Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves, Red Peppercorns, Cardamom, Raisins, Carrot, Apricots, Sea Buckthorn, Orange Blossoms, Roses, Aroma, Apple, Beetroot, Orange Peel, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Marigolds
Good Morning Sunshine: Oh my goodness, the aroma as I opened the tea pouch is fantastic. Extremely strong (so much that my eyebrows raised a bit) but smells so heavenly, almost smelling fruity and lemony. The tea does smell a bit synthetic, but not in a way that deters me from trying the tea. As I brewed the tea, the aroma definitely dialed back but was still super lovely to smell. The taste was quite lemony and refreshing, however it did leave my gums feeling a bit dry. There was a slightly floral aspect to the tea as well. The one issue I do have with this tea is that there is a weird aftertaste of something after each sip. I could not determine what the taste was, but it did impact my experience a bit.
Ingredients: Chinese Sencha Green Tea, Yellow Rose Buds, Flowers of Sunflower and Marigold, Pieces of Sandal Wood, Aroma and Lemon Grass
Herbal Detox Tisane: The first time around having this tea, I was not sure about what to think of it. The blend of leaves that I brewed was quite full of chamomile, so it really did not scream detox as much as a nighttime sleeping one. The next time trying this tea, I was much happier with the blend. I could primarily taste mint and a bit of chamomile. But it did not overwhelm it to any degree which was great, but there is a lot of ingredients in this tea that I really cannot taste. I cannot really taste the rooibos or licorice which are two tastes that I expected to taste. II wonder if the “detox” effects will still work behind the scenes as the tastes take the forefront of the tea. As the tea cooled a bit, there was a hint of something almost zingy at the end of each sip, but I also could not determine what that was. I tried taking a picture of this tea maybe three or four times, and it just was not working. So, please bear with me on the slightly lower quality picture.
Ingredients: Nettle Tops, Rooibos, Flowers of Chamomile, Mint Leaves, Ginger Root, Fennel, Liquorice Root, Sage and Peppermint Leaves
Origin: Blended in Bath
Would I Purchase from this Company Again?
I was quite confused when I opened up this box. Advertising themselves as a single-origin subscription box, I was quite surprised to see that I received three tea blends and no single-origin, non-blend teas. I guess it could be single-origin tea blends but I still was a bit surprised. I also picked the surprise me button when signing up, and surprised I was. With that being said, I did enjoy the tea varieties that I received they just were not the ones I was expecting. I was also a bit disappointed that they do not give credit or disclose the tea brands (at least the ones that came to me) in the tea box. It was quite fun to try out this tea brand, but I am 50/50 on whether I would try it again.
I hope you guys are enjoying this tea series, I have been getting a lot of positive feedback on this series which has been absolutely heartwarming. I hope you guys are discovering some new brands! Happy Brewing!