Tea Tastes Terrific | Teatourist April 2017

As you probably already know, I really like discovering new and interesting Tea’s. That’s why when the guys over at Teatourist very kindly sent me another one of their Tea subscription boxes, I was absolutely delighted. Well, i’ve been drinking my way through it’s contents for a little 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 service that delivers a selection of premium loose leafed Tea’s from some of the world’s hottest artisan Tea companies in a luxury box, for just £15 a month.

A long rectangular dark grey and black box with a sticker that has Tea Adventure Inside Just Add Water written in bold white writing on it in the upper left corner and the teatourist logo in the bottom right corner, on a white background.

A picture of the Teatourist April 2017 box.

What was inside the April 2017 box?

I was very kindly sent the April 2017 box, which contained a pouch of the Bev’s Tea Company Thieves’ Brew Tea, a pouch of the Shibui Tea Chocolate and Ginger Tea, a pouch of the Tugboat Brews Hibiscus Flowers Tea, a pouch of the MD Tea Shades Of Grey Tea, a pouch of the Leaves of the World Pumpkins Go Bananas Tea, and a pouch of the MaisErvas Peppermint Tea.

Here’s what each company say about their Tea.

The Bev’s Tea Company Thieves’ Brew Tea.

A unique handmade black Tea that’s handmade on the last remaining plantation in Sri Lanka that’s still making this Tea on a small scale. This unique Tea is pure Tea estate history in a cup and produces a smooth copper coloured brew with notes of Toffee and Citrus.

The Shibui Tea Chocolate and Ginger Tea.

This is the perfect guilt free treat. This warming blend of Ginger and Chocolate is one healthy alternative to a chocolate fix that you just won’t want to miss. Even better, it’s caffeine free, which means that you can enjoy it anytime of the day or night. If you like Chocolate and Ginger Biscuits, then you’ll love this!

The Tugboat Brews Hibiscus Flowers Tea.

Dig out your psychedelia, Flower power is back! This fruity explosion will get the place jumping. A beautiful dark Crimson colour when brewed, this startling Tea has a tart Pomegranate and Cranberry flavour, that’s superb hot or cold.

The MD Tea Shades of Grey Tea.

This is one shade of Grey that you really don’t want to miss. A light and refreshing take on a classic, Sri Lankan Uva is carefully blended with Rose Petals and Orange Peel to create a delicate black Tea with a zesty kick, that delivers a beautiful balance of both citrus and floral notes.

The Leaves of the World Pumpkins Go Bananas Tea.

Not a pair of ingredients that you would usually put together we know. But trust us, this perfectly balanced blend of fruity and veggie creates a pure palate party. This versatile beauty makes a great hot Tea or latte, and if you add some ice, it tastes just like banana milkshake!

The MaisErvas Peppermint Tea.

A straight up Peppermint Tea that yields a sumptuous translucent copper coloured infusion that only the highest quality leaves can produce! Bringing an intense spicy menthol aroma, this Tea is refreshing, clean and crisp.

A square clear plastic bag containing some dark black tea leaves with a dark green circular sticker that has Thieves' Brew written in medium white writing and Bev's Tea Company written in smaller white writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Bev’s Tea Company Thieves’ Brew Tea.

The Bev’s Tea Company Thieves’ Brew Tea.

It’s taste.

I loved this, as it really reminded me of English Breakfast Tea, but it had more of a metallic Copper taste to it than English Breakfast Tea does. I also thought that this went beautifully with a splash of ice cold Milk.

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 bit too long, as when I brewed it for the full five minutes, it had a strange overpowering bitter taste to it.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that the pouch could be resealed to keep the Tea fresh, and that the cardboard label could be removed to be saved for later.

A square clear plastic bag containing some dark brown and dark orange tea leaves with a dark blue circular sticker that has Chocolate & Ginger written in medium white writing and Shibui written in smaller white writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Shibui Tea Chocolate and Ginger Tea.

The Shibui Tea Chocolate and Orange Tea.

It’s taste.

This was absolutely delicious, and just tasted like I was eating an incredibly thick and indulgent Chocolate and Ginger Biscuit that was fresh out of the oven.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for five minutes at 100°c, which I thought was perfect, as when I brewed it for under five minutes I couldn’t really taste the Ginger, and when I brewed it for any longer it tasted incredibly bitter.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that the pouch could be resealed to keep the Tea fresh, and that the cardboard label could be removed to be saved for later.

A square clear plastic bag containing some dark brown tea leaves with a medium blue circular sticker that has Hibiscus Flowers written in medium white writing and Tugboat Brews written in smaller white writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Tugboat Brews Hibiscus Flowers Tea.

The Tugboat Brews Hibiscus Flowers Tea.

It’s taste.

I absolutely loved this, as I thought that it tasted incredibly sour, and for some reason really reminded me of Raspberry Juice. I also thought that this had a very mild floral kick to it, which just enhanced it’s sourness even more.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for five minutes at 100°c, which I thought was perfect, as when I brewed it for any less it tasted really weak, and when I brewed it for any longer it tasted far too sour.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that the pouch could be resealed to keep the Tea fresh, and that the cardboard label could be removed to be saved for later.

A square clear plastic bag containing some dark green tea leaves with a grey circular sticker that has Shades Of Grey written in medium white writing and MDTea written in smaller white writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the MD Tea Shades of Grey Tea.

The MD Tea Shades Of Grey Tea.

It’s taste.

I was a little unsure about this when I first tasted it as it had an overwhelming taste of Rose to it, but after a couple of sips the Rose just blended into the background, and made the Tea taste really sweet.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for between three and five minutes at 98°c, but I found that when I  brewed it for three minutes it tasted rather weak, and when I brewed it for the full five minutes it tasted incredibly bitter.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that the pouch could be resealed to keep the Tea fresh, and that the cardboard label could be removed to be saved for later.

A square clear plastic bag containing some dark green and yellow tea leaves with a dark green circular sticker that has Pumpkins Go Bananas written in medium white writing and Leaves Of The World written in smaller white writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Leaves of the World Pumpkins Go Bananas Tea.

The Leaves of the World Pumpkins Go Bananas Tea.

It’s taste.

I really liked this, as even though it tasted rather strange at first, after a couple of sips it turned into a rich creamy Banana Tea that really reminded me of a thick frothy Banana Milkshake.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for between five and eight minutes at 100°c, but when I brewed it for five minutes I couldn’t really taste the Pumpkin, and when I brewed it for eight minutes it tasted incredibly bitter.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that the pouch could be resealed to keep the Tea fresh, and that the cardboard label could be removed to be saved for later.

A square clear plastic bag containing some dark green tea leaves with a dark blue circular sticker that has peppermint tea written in medium white writing and MaisErvas written in smaller white writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the MaisErvas Peppermint Tea.

The MaisErvas Peppermint Tea.

It’s taste.

I didn’t really like this, as I thought that it kind of tasted like hot liquid Chewing Gum, and that it was just far too overpowering for my taste.

It’s brewing time.

It said that you were supposed to brew this for five minutes at 80°c, but I found that brewing it for three minutes was the perfect time, as when I brewed it for the full five minutes it tasted incredibly bitter.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as I loved that the pouch could be resealed to keep the Tea fresh, and that the cardboard label could be removed to be saved for later.

My overall thoughts.

Overall I would have to rate the Teatourist April 2017 box a nine out of ten. I thought that they had included a fantastic mix of both traditional and extraordinary tasting Teas, and apart from one Tea, I absolutely loved everything in the April box.

If you would like to find out more about Teatourist, or would like to start receiving a box of six delicious Tea’s every 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 box, just enter SOWDEN30 at the checkout.

I was very kindly sent the Teatourist April 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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One Comment:

  1. I don’t actually like tea, but this does sound like a good subscription if you do 🙂

    I’ve tried all sorts of tea, but I think it’s the underlying taste of tea leaves which puts me off.

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