Tea Tastes Terrific | Teatourist March 2017

As you probably already know, I absolutely love discovering new and interesting teas. That’s why when the guys over at Teatourist very kindly asked me if I would like to try one of their tea subscription boxes, I of course said yes. Well i’ve been drinking my way through it for quite a while now, and I thought that I would tell you what I thought of it.

What is Teatourist?

For those who don’t know, Teatourist is a monthly tea subscription box that delivers a selection of premium loose leafed teas from some of the world’s hottest artisan tea companies in a luxury box, for just £15 a month.

Here’s what Teatourist say about themselves.

We offer the ultimate tea tasting subscription service in the UK, and partner with some of the hottest tea companies out there to deliver an intoxicating monthly selection of some of the yummiest and most intriguing teas on the market right now.

We’re all about joining the dots, and love to connect people who love drinking tea with those who love creating it. We also love to showcase some of the best hand crafted teas from niche small companies with tea lovers everywhere, without breaking the bank.

What was inside the March 2017 box.

I was very kindly sent the March 2017 box, which contained a pouch of the Nothing But Tea Mulled Apple Brandy Tea, a pouch of the Nelson and Norfolk Tea Chocolate Orange Tea, a pouch of the Spice Kitchen UK Rose and Strawberry Rooibos Tea, a pouch of the Teagime Honey and Lemon Morning Blend Tea, a pouch of the Leopard Friendly Teas Wilderness Honeybush Tea, and a pouch of the Chai Kai Tea Company Turmeric Root Chai Tea.

Here’s what each company say about their tea.

The Nothing But Tea MulledApple Brandy Tea.

To a fine White Tea base we’ve added Apples, Cinnamon, and a dash of Apple Brandy for a warm tasty and relaxing brew, that’s like a hug in a mug.

The Nelson and Norfolk Tea Chocolate Orange Tea.

Chocolate Tea lovers rejoice, this delicious Chocolate Orange Tea is a harmonious blend of creamy natural Chocolate notes and zesty Orange, that’s perfect with Milk, and an absolute joy to drink.

The Spice Kitchen UK Rose and Strawberry Rooibos Tea.

Caffeine free Rooibos is mixed with Rose and Strawberry, to create a harmonious match that will truly delight your taste buds.

The Teagime Honey and Lemon Morning Blend Tea.

an invigorating blend of Honey Bush Tea, Bee Pollen and Lemongrass, that is sure to give your morning a kick.

The Leopard Friendly Teas Wilderness Honeybush Tea.

A Wild Honeybush herbal Tea that’s sustainably hand cut from South Africa’s Kouga Mountains, is naturally sweet, caffeine free, and packed full of antioxidants.

The Chai Kai Tea Company Turmeric Chai Tea.

It’s Chai, but not as you know it! Green Tea leaves provide a delicate base to classic spices, with a healthy portion of instantly recognisable Orange Root, Turmeric, and hints of Vanilla and Coconut, that’s all blended with creamy Oolong to create a tea that will leave you craving more.

What I thought of the box itself.

I was really impressed with the box itself, as all of the tea came in a massive black gift box that had Teatourist emblazoned on the top of it. I also really liked the contents of the box, because as well as it containing six resealable plastic pouches with cardboard labels that told me a little about the teas, the tea companies that they were from, and  their brewing times and serving suggestions, the box also contained a beautiful glossy leaflet that told me all about Teatourist and what they offer.

A silver pouch with a large silver circular sticker that has Nothing But Tea Mulled Apple Brand Tea written on it, that contains brown tea leaves and some pieces of green Apple, on a black background.

A picture of the Nothing But Tea Mulled Apple Brandy Tea.

The Nothing But Tea Mulled Apple Brandy Tea.

It’s taste.

I really liked this, as even though it tasted more like a sour Apple Crumble than Apple Brandy, I loved it. I’m also not that much of a Cinnamon fan, and even though it contained a fair bit of Cinnamon, it actually made me love it even more.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for between two and three minutes at 80°c, which I thought was the perfect time, as when I brewed it for under 2 minutes I could barely taste it, and when I brewed it for over 3 minutes it tended to completely taste of Cinnamon.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that I could reseal it and keep the tea fresh, but I didn’t like that the cardboard label that was attached to it fell off as soon as I opened it.

The Nelson and Norfolk Tea Chocolate Orange Tea.

It’s taste.

I really liked it, but thought that Chocolate Orange was the wrong name for it, as I couldn’t taste any of the Orange at all, which I thought was quite a shame. I did however taste quite a lot of the Chocolate though, which I thought was incredibly creamy and really indulgent.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for between three and five minutes at 100°c, which was perfect as I found that brewing it for any less made it taste really weak, and brewing it for over five minutes left it tasting incredibly bitter.

It’s packaging.

I again really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that I could reseal it and keep it fresh, but I didn’t like that the cardboard label came loose as soon as I tried to open it.

A silver pouch with a large red circular sticker that has Spice Kitchen UK Rose and Strawberry Rooibos Tea written on it, that contains some dark red tea leaves, on a dark background.

A picture of the Spice Kitchen UK Rose and Strawberry Rooibos Tea.

The Spice Kitchen UK Rose and Strawberry Rooibos Tea.

It’s taste.

I thought that this had to be one of my favourites of the entire bunch, as even though i’m not usually a fan of either sweet or floral teas, this tasted fantastic, and really reminded me of a piece of Strawberry Shortcake.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for three minutes at 100°c, which I thought was perfect, as I found that brewing it for any less meant that I couldn’t taste the subtile Rose, and brewing it for any longer meant that it tasted incredibly bitter.

It’s packaging.

I yet again really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that I could reseal it and keep it fresh, but I didn’t like that the cardboard label fell off when I tried to open it.

A silver pouch with a large red circular sticker that has Teagime Honey and Lemon Morning Blend Tea written on it, that contains some red tea leaves and bright yellow dried pieces of lemon, on a dark background.

A picture of the Teagime Honey and Lemon Morning Blend Tea.

The Teagime Honey and Lemon Morning Blend Tea.

It’s taste.

I was a little apprehensive about this one, as i’m not a massive fan of Honey, and tend to find it incredibly sweet, but I found that the Lemon cut through the sweetness brilliantly, which made it the perfect tea to drink when I had just woken up.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for five minutes at 100°c, which I thought was a little too long, as when I brewed it for the full five minutes, the Lemon tasted really strong, and made the entire cup taste really sour.

It’s packaging.

I again really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that I could reseal it and keep it fresh, but I didn’t like that the cardboard label came loose as soon as I opened it.

The Leopard Friendly Teas Wilderness Honeybush Tea.

It’s taste.

I had never tasted Honeybush tea before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I actually rather liked it, and found that it was the perfect afternoon tea, as it wasn’t too sweet or too bitter, and had a nice full bodied taste to it.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for between three and five minutes at 100°c, but I found that brewing it for any less than four minutes left it tasting really weak, and brewing it for any more than five minutes gave it a strange burnt taste.

It’s packaging.

I again really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that I could reseal it and keep it fresh, but I didn’t like that the cardboard label came loose as soon as I had opened it.

A silver pouch with a large green circular sticker that has Chai Kai Tea Company Turmeric Chai Tea written on it, that contains some brown leaves and some brown spices, on a dark background.

A picture of the Chai Kai Tea Company Chai Tea.

The Chai Kai Tea Company Turmeric Chai Tea.

It’s taste.

I was really surprised by this, as it didn’t taste like the Chai Tea that I know and love. It did remind me of traditional Chai Tea though, but it had more of a lighter taste to it that I thought would be perfect to drink during Summer.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for between three and four minutes at 80°c, which I thought was perfect, as I found that brewing it for less than three minutes didn’t produce much of a taste, and four minutes left it tasting a little on the bitter side.

It’s packaging.

Like the other five teas, I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that I could reseal it and keep it fresh, but I didn’t like that the cardboard label came off as soon as I opened it.

My overall thoughts.

Overall I would have to rate the Teatourist March 2017 box an eight point five out of ten. I loved everything about it, from the fact that I got to try some great teas that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried, to the selection of teas themselves, and even that it came so beautifully packaged, but I really didn’t like that the cardboard labels of all of the teas came off as soon as I had opened them..

If you would like to find out more about Teatourist, or would like to sign up to receive a box of six delicious teas each month for yourselves, then you can find Teatourist online here.

The guys over at Teatourist have also very kindly given me a discount code to share with you all, so if you would like to receive 30% off of your first months box, just enter SOWDEN30 at the checkout.

I was very kindly sent the Teatourist March 2017 box to review, but all thoughts, opinions, and general ramblings are my own.

Have you ever received a Teatourist box before? What was inside your box? What did you think of it? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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