Review of Tea Tourist Subscription Box

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. I love tea subscription boxes as they are a great way to discover new teas. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box from Tea Tourist I couldn’t wait to dive in and try June’s selection of teas. Tea Tourist is a Derbyshire based subscription service that sends you a selection of loose leaf teas that you might not find delivered to your door each month. They choose from a fantastic range companies around the UK which are usually independent or less known companies.

Onto the contents within the box. You get six packets of different teas which contain 3-4 cups worth of tea. You get a card detailing the information about the tea that you have received. Each tea has its own tasting card with details of the company, a little about the tea, how and when best to steep the tea and a section for you to add your own notes, creating a nice little reference guide.

Earl Grey Rose By Rutland Tea Company

I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as a bergamot flavoured brew with fruity undertones. This traditional black tea has been given a floral, citrus makeover with the addition of pineapple pieces and rose petals. It’s everything you’d expect from an Earl Grey and more!

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong citrus aroma from the pineapple with subtle undertones of apple noted. I struggled to smell the bergamot. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I struggled to smell the bergamot that I associate with earl grey. The pineapple just seemed to take over. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma that I associate with a nice earl grey.

Flexibiltea by T-Tox

It is described as a refreshing blend of nettle, burdock root and jasmine flowers, this herbal infusion has a mildly sweet floral taste that warms the throat. It’s naturally caffeine-free making it perfect for helping you relax anytime of day or night.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet a strong fairly intense aroma from the nettles with a hint of jasmine flowers and marshmallow. I struggled to smell the lemon verbena. I added slightly cooled boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma of the nettle intensified and the subtle undertones of the jasmine flower and marshmallow seemed to be a little lost as a result. On sipping the tea the nettle was indeed the dominant flavour and seemed to overshadow the other ingredients which was a shame. Sadly, this tea just wasn’t for me.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Green Tea By Hooghly Tea

It is sweet, crisp and fruity blend of Chinese green tea, with rhubarb pieces and a dash of vanilla. A well balanced infusion whose initial tart taste is quickly followed by a comforting sweetness that goes well in any situation.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or a may contain warning. On opening the packet a strong aroma of hibiscus and rhubarb the usual grassy aroma that I associate with green tea was lacking. I added the slightly cooled freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The first I noticed was the delightful colour to this tea a delightful pink/purple. Then came the aroma the hibiscus and rhubarb took centre stage, very inviting. The only downside was that these seemed to overpower the other elements to this tea. On sipping the tea my experience was the same the strength of the hibiscus became very apparent and sadly seemed to mute the other flavours to the tea. If I did a blind tea taste I have to say I wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was a green tea. That said it was a refreshing and comforting tea that would be perfect in the colder months.

Time For Bliss By Caley’s Apothecary

An organic herbal blend packed full of sweet and spicy floral goodness. The combination of lemon verbena, lime flowers and rose petals delivers a brew that’s gently calming, subtly uplifting and blissfully mood boosting.

It recommends checking the Caley’s website with regards to possible allergens for this tea. Sadly, this was not helpful so I had to contact them via email. On opening the packet I was greeted by a delightful slightly citrusy aroma from the lemon verbena, lime flowers and subtle floral undertones from the passion flower and rose petals. I had hope to smell the cinnamon as I love it but it seemed to be lacking. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the aroma of the lemon verbena and lime flowers intensified. The subtle floral undertones were still present but that cinnamon was still lacking. On sipping the tea the citrus and floral elements were subtle and not over powering. It resulted in a nice light delicate refreshing tea. I think that it would be best suited to drinking cold with lots of ice.

Mint Chocolate By Cheshire Tea

A Great Taste Award – winner, this refreshing Rooibos blend is cool and creamy! Organic peppermint married with cacao deliver a sumptuous guilt-free pleasure that will lure you in. It’s the perfect after-dinner caffeine-free desert without sin.

Onto the ingredients list no allergens are listed and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was immediately struck by an aroma that I associate with after eight mints. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the peppermint and cacao beans intensified further. They seemed to drown out the rooibos and calendula petals but to be fair I wasn’t that bothered by this. On sipping the tea the peppermint remained the predominant element with the cacao coming next. I could taste the rooibos element but this was very subtle. I loved everything about this tea it really did taste as good as it sounds.

Assam Tea With Vanilla By Pure Leaf

Made from the finest Assam leaves blended with Madagascan vanilla and marigold petals, this unashamedly strong black tea delivers a sweet twist on a traditional classic. The perfect morning wake up call.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet the I immediately got hit by the vanilla aroma. It was a little stronger than I had anticipated and slighted overpowered the aroma from the Assam tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. The vanilla aroma remained the same but the subtle undertones from the Assam intensified somewhat. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice quality black tea with a vanilla twist. The vanilla was definitely present but wasn’t too strong and overpowering and worked well with the Assam. It resulted in a nice subtle sweet twist to this black tea.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the Tea Tourist offers. It allowed me discover a new variety of tea companies without having to hunt them down myself. It’s a great and convenient way to try new teas.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this subscription box to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

50 Comments

  1. July 4, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of subscription tea before but what a good idea.

    • July 4, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Hi, they are a great way to discover new teas. The little info and rating cards you get with this subscription is a great added extra.

  2. July 5, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I love a good cup of tea, very interesting article.
    Greetingsfrom Germany
    Sigrid

    • July 5, 2017 / 6:06 am

      Thank you, you certainly can’t beat a nice cup of tea.

  3. July 5, 2017 / 6:17 am

    Tried a rhubarb and vanilla tea once. Didn’t much like it. I’m more of an earl gray and orange or irish cream kind of guy. Mint and chocolate sounds like fun as well.

    • July 5, 2017 / 6:21 am

      Hi, yes earl grey is one ☝️ f my favourite the mint chocolate was very nice.

  4. July 5, 2017 / 7:14 am

    ooh mint chocolate sounds nice and different! A really good subscription to try new teas! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • July 5, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Hi, the mint chocolate was very nice. I think these subscription boxes may become my monthly treat.

  5. engrreginald
    July 5, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Wow….. These are nice tea, I have never taken them before, but I will have to try someday..

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Hi, a subscription box is a great way to start. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. July 5, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Wooowww!! that’s some wonderful stuffs. This subscription tea is one of a kind and wonderful. The pictures are very beautiful.

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Yes a teas subscription is a wonderful gift. Thank you for your kind comments about the pictures.

  7. Alexandria
    July 5, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Oh yum! Haven’t heard of this before!

    • July 7, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      It’s a great subscription box to try. More are becoming available now.

  8. July 5, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Am not the tea type, as a matter of fact it’s been very i last consumed one but maybe i will start again..

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Hi, I hope this makes you think about trying s nice cup if tea again soon.

  9. Kim Carberry
    July 5, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    A subscription of teas is such a great idea. It looks like you get a fantastic selection. #bestandworst

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Hi, yes it’s s fab idea. It’s a great way to discover a new selection of teas.

  10. Rhian
    July 5, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I love a cuppa – you’ve given me some inspiration to go beyond ‘builder’s tea’ or Earl Grey #bestandworst

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Nothing wrong with builders tea or earl grey. I hope you give a new one a try soon though.

  11. July 6, 2017 / 1:21 am

    I’ve loved subscription boxes & they seem to be great for some tea tasting sessions here!

    • July 6, 2017 / 5:19 am

      Hi, yes they are great way to try new teas.

  12. socialpoint24
    July 6, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Tea is next to coffee to me!

    • July 6, 2017 / 5:19 am

      I’m more of a tea person.

  13. July 6, 2017 / 2:23 am

    I have seen a lot of these subscription type boxes. What makes this one so different?

    • July 6, 2017 / 5:21 am

      Hi, the different companies that they choose each monthly and the review cards that you get with tea.

  14. July 6, 2017 / 9:30 am

    I really like the way you described each tea. My personal choice would be the vanilla one due to its crisp flavor! Thanks for sharing.

    • July 6, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you for you kind comments much appreciated. I hope you get to try the vanilla one.

  15. teacakesand
    July 6, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Beautiful packaging! Sounds like a great idea too

    • July 7, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      It is a lovely subscription box and great for tea addicts.

  16. July 6, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I am also a big tea lover and want to taste all flavors. Thanks for the sharing.

    • July 6, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Hi, it’s like Christmas came early for me. It’s a great subscription box perhaps you should give it a try.

  17. July 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I love this idea! I’d want to try them all one after another haha x

    • July 6, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Yes, that’s pretty much what I did 😊.

  18. July 7, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Wow reqlly in depth. I do not drink tea at all. But i will share this with the tea drinkers amoungst my family and friends. I thought PG tips was the only tea. Haha now i know more

    • July 7, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments, nothing wrong with a nice cup of PG.

  19. July 8, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Oh these all sound gorgeous – the different flavours are really lovely. Decaf tea for the evening is how I roll too! Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK xx

    • July 8, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      They sure were a good selection of teas to try. I to be decaf in the evening as well.

  20. July 9, 2017 / 1:37 am

    I have to say, mint chocolate tea sounds very odd. However, seems like the chocolate wasn’t overpowering, so I’d be willing to give it a shot!

    • July 9, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Yes it does but it was just the right balance of flavours and resulted in a nice tea. I hope you try it.

    • July 9, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely Sunday.

  21. July 10, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Whenever I read posts like this I always wish I was a tea drinker! I love the pretty box it came in. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • July 10, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Hi, the box was fab and the size of the samples were spot on. Not everyone can like tea.

  22. July 12, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Oh wow mint chocolate tea?! That’s crazy! I don’t drink tea but what a fab box for those who do! Thank you for joining us at #Sharingthebloglove

    • July 12, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Hi, yes it sure was an amazing tea. It didn’t last long 😊.

  23. November 15, 2017 / 8:16 am

    i think i would enjoy the mint chocolate and assam vanilla. mint goes well with cacao, and cacao goes well with rooibos. i can see this as an evening drink on rainy nights. as for assam vanilla, the sweet vanilla would be a a good balance for the astringency of assam black tea. and i do love sweet vanilla.

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      I just think that you need this months subscription box 😊

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