Tea Box Review by Nazia – August 2018

Thank you to the lovely Premna for sending me this parcel all the way from India! This subscription is a wonderous discovery of the finest teas from the East. You will receive five premium loose-leaf tea blends every month and each blend will come in a 10 gram pack, enough to make up to 4-5 cups of tea that’s roughly 25 cups of tea per box! Perfect for all you tea drinkers out there to try some new and exciting blends of tea!

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What is TeaBox?

Teabox connects tea to people. Not to distributors, not to re-sellers but to tea drinkers. Uniting the richest flavours of the finest teas with the curious, the cultivated, and the adventurous, all over the world. The freshest tea you’ve ever tasted, from crop to cup. There is simply no simpler way to experience the wonderful complexity of tea. TeaBox believe every tea drinker deserves to know how, where, and when their tea was born. The greatness of a tea lies in its very precise origins. They’re redefining the way the world thinks about and enjoys tea by ensuring the leaves are superbly sourced—and hand-picked and packed—every time. They can do this because they know the best teas in India, and they work right at the sources, in the same gardens where the teas they sell are grown.

How it works:

Teabox offers a handpicked selection of the freshest and the finest teas from India and Nepal. Their catalogue features a wide selection of single-origin teas from over 150 tea gardens across Darjeeling, Assam, Kangra, the Nilgiris and Nepal. In addition, there is an exciting range of iced teas, flavoured and non-flavoured blends to choose from.

  • 1-month plan – £23.99
  • 3-month plan – £71.98
  • 6-month plan – £143.95

Free worldwide express shipping via DHL!

Use the code TEACLUB20 for an extra 20% off

 

What I received – The Collectors Box.

Inspired by the best of Darjeeling, this month’s box is the Collector’s Box. Enclosed in this special box are some top-of-the-line teas make this box highly sought after and cherished. These teas will keep you good company and truly adorn your tea collection.

  • Contents card

  • A scroll outlining an endearing story of the lives of two families woven around tea and a particularly special tea estate

  • Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Black Tea 10g RRP £2.40

A vibrant cup that offers the prized smokiness of a Lopchu coupled with fruity flavours and an earthy sweetness.

AROMA – Earthy, unripe tree fruit, burnt wood, smoky with undertones of red berries

APPEARANCE – Dark Amber

TASTE – A full-bodied liquor with an earthy sweetness interlaced with vibrant notes of tropical tree fruit and undertones of burnt wood. A pleasant level of astringency comes around from the smoky and firewood flavours which percolates through the length. Overall, a smooth cup brimming with briskness and brightens the palate with a savoury aftertaste of red berries.

COMPLEMENTS – Ideal for food with strong flavours such as cheddar, macaroni and dark chocolate

  • Margaret’s Hope Classic Spring Black Tea 10g RRP £11.99

Start your mornings with this golden liquored tea that carries a sweet aroma and a mellow feel.

AROMA – Vegetal with a gentle sweetness; marked by notes of yellow stone fruit similar to raw mango, hint of citrus and wood

APPEARANCE – Gold

TASTE – The liquor is mellow, feels ample in the mouth, quite well-balanced and pleasantly brisk. A pleasant vegetal note, similar to cooked beans greets the palate, turning fruity and woody in the middle which gains strength progressively. Raw guava-like notes appear in the finish.

COMPLEMENTS – Fritters, cheese-based salads, tropical fruit and cheese

  • Castleton Special Spring Chinary Black Tea 10g RRP £2.40

Steeped in legacy and pedigree, this special tea is indeed a true Darjeeling with its sweet fruity notes.

AROMA – Sweet, fruity with notes of sweet greens, woody and hints of citrus

APPEARANCE – Light gold

TASTE – A full-bodied, well balanced cup tipped with sweet and earthy notes. It starts out on a brisk fruity note, which subsides to reveal sweet green flavours which can be perceived throughout the length of the cup. Hint of citrus notes come around the edges which smoothens out the astringency from woody undercurrents that can be perceived toward the finish. A soft nuttiness can be picked up in the aftertaste.

COMPLEMENTS – Steamed seafood, salads with creamy dressing, tropical fruit and cheese

  • Oaks Classic Summer Chinary Black Tea 10g RRP £8.79

 A classic Darjeeling second flush tea with an interesting flavour profile with notes of dried fruits & berries.

AROMA – Mellow notes of dark wood, dried goji berry with hints of raw tropical fruits

APPEARANCE – Reddish-brown

TASTE – The liquor is clean, sweet and full-bodied. A mild woody note can be perceived immediately which subsides to reveal notes of dried fruit, similar to goji berry which renders a fruity sweetness to the cup. A crisp note of fig along with subtle nutty nuances is quite evident towards the end.

COMPLEMENTS – Semi-hard cheeses, fresh fruit, pancake, waffles, nuts, caprese salad, and savoury pies

  • Barnesbeg Special Summer Green Tea 10g RRP £2.40

Your green tea doesn’t need to be bitter anymore. This sweet summer cup will change your expectations for the better.

AROMA – Sweet; marked by notes of corn, cooked veggies and wood

APPEARANCE – Bright green

TASTE – The liquor starts out clean and brisk with soft notes of cooked corn greeting the palate from the first sip. Gradually, notes of fresh legumes and toasted grains grow into prominence and define the flavour profile of the cup. These flavours flow throughout with subtle sweet notes around the edges adding more depth to the liquor.

COMPLEMENTS – Asian salads, pasta, fritters, grilled corn and savoury pies.

Total value: £27.98 – saving you £3.99 per box and if you use our discount code you can get your first box for only £19.21!

What I thought:

Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Black Tea – I put one and a half teaspoons into my tea strainer and added to water boiled at 85 degrees and to left to brew for 5 minutes as per the instructions. A dark amber infusion with woody notes. The fragrance of this tea is wonderful as is the flavour; a lovely, smooth, smokey flavour with fruity undertones. This is one of the best Darjeeling teas I have had the pleasure of tasting.

Margaret’s Hope Classic Spring Black Tea – I put two teaspoons into my tea strainer and added to water boiled at 85 degrees and to left to brew for 5 minutes as per the instructions. An intensely clear amber infusion, this is a truly exceptional tea to be enjoyed at any time of day. A gloriously thick, sweet aroma that boasts a delicately floral flavour accented by hints of fruitiness.

Castleton Special Spring Chinary Black Tea – I put two teaspoons into my tea strainer and added to water boiled at 85 degrees and to left to brew for 5 minutes as per the instructions. A light golden infusion with fresh floral notes. It has a full-bodied sweet peachy flavour and smooth floral musky aftertaste with woody undercurrents. An extremely enjoyable and smooth tasting tea.

Oaks Classic Summer Chinary Black Tea – I put two teaspoons into my tea strainer and added to water boiled at 85 degrees and to left to brew for 4 minutes as per the instructions. A dark red infusion, with gorgeous malty nutty notes. Amongst the nuttiness  it tastes, at points like berries which is the highlight of this tea. I added a splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar for added sweetness.

Barnesbeg Special Summer Green Tea – I put two teaspoons into my tea strainer and added to water boiled at 85 degrees and to left to brew for 3 minutes as per the instructions. I love green tea, and this did not disappoint. It has a sweet herby aroma and tastes simply fresh and energising with sweet undertones. A delightful refreshing drink to enjoy during the summer period.

Verdict:

The box was delivered via DHL which was really convenient as I received a text and an email to let me know when to expect delivery and another text and email when it was delivered. Considering this box arrived all the way from India delivery was extremely quick, I think all in all it took around 5 days from placing an order to arriving. The box was also very well packaged and arrived intact. This box is bursting with five different loose-leaf teas and would make the perfect gift for any tea lover. The teas arrived vacuum sealed which is extremely convenient as the packs are resealable which ensures the teas are kept fresh. This also allows Teabox to deliver your tea worldwide while still remaining at its optimum quality. To help you brew the perfect cup the box comes with instructions on how to make each tea. This allows for maximum tea-tasting experience exploring the full range of flavours found in each tea. I also loved that I got to try different teas from the same region, all the teas were unique and enjoyable in their own ways. Whether you are an experienced tea drinker or if you don’t know much about tea, this subscription is a great way to try a wide variety of teas and experience delicious teas from around the world. This box is the perfect example of why Darjeeling teas are classed as “the champagnes of tea” – the best teas you’ve ever tasted shipped straight to your door! So, don’t waste any more time drinking poor quality tea in bags – have this box shipped straight from source right to the comfort of your own home to enjoy! Happy sipping!

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Thank you for reading….

                      Nazia xx

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