Review of Tea Tourist Hats & Scarves Selection 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 I’m a bit of a tea addict. 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 Tea Tourist October’s selection of teas I couldn’t wait to dive in. 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 range of companies from around the UK.

Onto the contents within the box. You get six resealable 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.

Mazawattee Earl Grey Tea by Mazawattee


I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as delicate blend of Faitrade black teas infused with orange and lemon peel. The tea produces a zesty and aromatic brew that’s naturally high in antioxidants, making it great for boosting your mood and supporting healthy digestion.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong and very inviting citrus aroma, it reminded me of a quality bergamot. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma was as I had anticipated that being of a strong quality black tea with fairly strong undertones of citrus noted. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was fairly strong and well balanced and the subtle undertones the lemon and orange peel broke this up slightly resulting in a nice refreshing tea. I love a nice cup of earl grey and this certainly ticked all of the right boxes. It had the perfect balance of both aroma and flavour that I associate with a nice earl grey. I would definitely recommend this tea.

Mint Choc Royale By JollyBrew Tea Co


It is described as a peppermint blend infused with chocolatey flavours that delivers a truly mouth watering brew which tastes just like everyone’s favourite after dinner mint. It’s the ultimate guilt-free sweet treat, perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a warning that nuts are handled on-site.

On opening the packet a I was greeted with a fairly strong peppermint aroma with a fruity yet chocolatey twist. I added boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aromas of the peppermint and fruity chocolate intensified resulting in the aroma from the black tea getting a little lost as a result. On sipping the tea I initially got hit with the taste of a good quality everyday black tea but this didn’t last long. The peppermint and fruity chocolatey flavours soon kicked in. It was like my taste buds were getting hit from all angles. If I am honest I found it a little overpowering although I think some one with a sweet tooth may think differently. Sorry Jolly Brew this tea just wasn’t for me.

Spiced Orange Pekoe Tea by Spice Kitchen


It is described as a black tea blend inspired by Eastern European and Russian cuisine that balance the zesty flavour of orange peel with the spice Ines of cinnamon and cloves to deliver a heart-warming brew that’s perfect on a cold winters day.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or a may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a very pleasant aroma of citrus and cloves with a subtle hint of cinnamon noted.

I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The first thing that I noticed was the colour of the tea it was slightly weaker and a lighter shade of brown than what I had expected. Don’t get me wrong it looked like the perfect colour to me. Then came the aroma the orange, cloves and cinnamon took centre stage and was very inviting. It reminded very much of a nice chai tea. On sipping the tea my experience was the same the strength of orange, cloves and cinnamon intensified with the flavour from the black tea taking second place. I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It was a comforting yet refreshing tea that would be perfect in the colder months. I would definitely recommend this tea.

Vika Tea by The Tea Expereince


To is described as A Scandivian-inspired black tea blend infused with sweet flavours of vanilla and floral notes of marigold blossom. Originally developed for Harrogate’s Nordic-themed cafe, Baltzersen’s it’s perfect to enjoy on a starry winter nights.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or a may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a very pleasant aroma of vanilla, with a faint flora noted. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma of the vanilla intensified slightly. It was clearly the predominant flavour to this tea yet it was not too strong or overpowering or artificially sweet. This intermingled with a subtle floral element from the marigold blossom. On sipping the tea it was a very mild black tea that had a subtle sweetness from the vanilla with a slight floral kick. The three elements to this tea complimented each other perfectly with the right balance to each ingredient. I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It is one of nicest vanilla teas that I have tried. I would definitely recommend this tea and purchase it in the future.

Turmeric Revival by MD Tea


It is described as a soothing herbal blend with sweet spice and soft citrus flavours that come together to creat a heart-warming brew with a smooth, creamy texture and fragrant aroma of autumnal nights around the fire.

Onto the ingredients list liquorice is listed and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was immediately struck by the ginger and liquorice aroma. I was pleasant but I was a little disappointed by this I was hoping to be greeted by the turmeric and a hint of cinnamon. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the ginger and liquorice intensified and seemed to overpower the other aromas from this tea. On sipping the tea my tastebuds got hit by an even balance from the ginger and liquorice followed by a subtle floral aftertaste. I was disappointed that I was unable to distinguish the turmeric or cinnamon element to this tea. I am afraid that I really didn’t enjoy this tea I found that the aroma and flavour from the ginger and liquorice just overpowered the other ingredients in this tea. I’m sorry MDTea but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Time For Winter by Caley’s Apothecary


It is described as an organic herbal blend that balances the sweetness of liquorice, spicy zing of ginger and earthy floral notes of thyme and elderflower to deliver a soothing brew that will keep you cosy warm on cold winter evenings.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a warning that asteraceae.

On opening the packet the I immediately got hit by the delightful aroma from the sage. It was a little stronger than I had anticipated and slightly overpowered the aroma from the other ingredients from this tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. The sage aroma intensified and was intermingled with the liquorice. I was a little disappointed as I was unable to distinguish the elderflower of ginger root elements to this tea even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted just like its aroma. The sage and liquorice were quiet strong and seemed to drown out the elderflower and ginger root. I am afraid that I really didn’t enjoy this tea. Whilst I loved the initial aroma from the thyme the combination of this with liquorice impacted on the other elements to this tea. A mixture of thyme and liquorice just isn’t for me.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that 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. I can’t wait to try the next box.

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

66 Comments

  1. November 7, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    That’s a pity you didn’t get on with the mint choc tea as it sounds like my sort of thing! I have a very sweet tooth!
    I really like the idea of this box, I’ll have to look into it!
    PaleGirlRambling xo
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Hi, yes it would be perfect for you then. The box is a great idea isn’t it.

  2. November 7, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Loved this post, this sounds like my kind of selection box, I’m going to have a look into it after reading this! X

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you. Please let me know if you give it a try.

  3. November 7, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    These look really tasty! Haven’t tried those flavours before!

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      They weren’t all for me but that was just my personal taste.

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Hi, it sure would make a great pressie for a tea lover.

  4. Corinne and Kirsty
    November 7, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    This box sounds like a great way to discover new tea! I had never heard of such a concept but it is a great idea! Glad to read you like it! xx corinne

  5. hannahcopcutt
    November 7, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    This box looks like such a good idea. Never heard of it before but tempted to give it a go

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Hi, you should give it a try. If you do please let me know, thanks.

  6. November 7, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    That is such a cool concept! I like how they are just small amounts of the teas so there is a chance you’ll get through them all in the month:)

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Indeed a great idea which I really enjoy.

  7. November 7, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    I was wondering about the turmeric one. I didn’t like that one. Good to know the rest !

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Indeed but I will try any tea. Just for your info I believe they ship abroad as well.

  8. November 7, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    What a brilliant idea this is such a great way of trying out lots of different teas! I have to say I am also a little tea obsessed and that mint choc one has intrigued me

    Ellie
    http://www.headintheclouds.me.uk

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Hi, as someone is Tea obsessed I think you would like this box. If you have a sweet tooth I’m sure you would like the choc mint.

  9. monicawongblog
    November 7, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Omgosh a tea subscription service. GENIUS! Thanks for going through each of the teas. They look amazing and the from the colour you can tell it’s high quality!
    http://www.thewongblog.com

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      I know fab idea isn’t it. I’m glad you found the review helpful.

  10. November 8, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Oh I adore tea, like I’m such a tea addict. Can’t cope without one. I really like the idea of these and the flavours look amazing. #BloggersBest

    • November 8, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Hi, as a tea addict you should perhaps give this tea subscription service a try then.

  11. November 8, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Ooh it’s like a box of chocs for a tea lover. I must admit I was drawn to the mint choc one but sounds a bit overwhelming! Some good ones in there though. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest

    • November 8, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Hi, yes it is just like a box of chocolates for a tea lover, there is indeed a few good ones in the box.

  12. November 8, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    The flavour sounds lovely, it feels really festive, perfect for this time of year X #bloggersbest

    • November 8, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Hi, which of the teas do you think that you would like? Sadly, I didn’t like them all but thats the great thing as there will be more to try next month.

  13. November 8, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    These look amazing! I love tea myself and the fact it tells you temperature and how long to brew is amazing. Great review.

    • November 8, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Hi, it sure is great, the tea cards are a fab feature and make a great reference library.

  14. November 8, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I didn’t know you could get sent tea on a subscription box- how brilliant is that!!? Loved reading about it #fortheloveofblog

    • November 8, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Hi, you sure can there a few companies out there that do them, it’s perfect for a tea addict like me.

  15. November 8, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I’m definitely not adventurous enough with my tea flavours so this box seems like something that would be exciting to try. The spiced orange one sounds delicious and perfect for this season!
    Zara xx

    • November 8, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Hi, it is a great way to be adventurous in trying new teas.

  16. November 8, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    A tea subscription box is a great idea! I might have to add one to my Christmas list. My only problem is that there are teas out there I don’t like – I hate peppermint tea! So I’d be worried about getting tea I don’t like in the box. Xx

    • November 8, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Hi, the selection changes each month so it may be a problem if you don’t like certain teas.

  17. November 8, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    This would be a great idea for a Christmas present for someone who really loves tea I might have to hunt and see if someone I know would like this as I am not a huge fan of teas I prefer coffee.

    • November 8, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Hi, it sure would make a great gift. I think you are either a tea or coffee drinker.

  18. November 8, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing I’m such a tea girl as well & have an excessive amount per day!

    • November 8, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      I am glad that I am not the only one 😊 this would be great for you.

    • November 8, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Oh I think you would that tea then.

    • November 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Hi it sure would make a great gift.

    • November 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Hi, sadly just a tad sweet for me.

  19. November 8, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I love the idea of this box! I’m a big tealover myself and I’d love to try something like this 🙂 Usually stick with my favourite teas and never really try any new ones haha!

    xxx Nele ~ http://www.thenavigatio.com

    • November 9, 2017 / 7:03 am

      Hi it’s a great idea isn’t it and an easy way to try something you might normally do.

  20. November 10, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    These look really tasty! I don’t normally drink but after reading this, all I want now is a cup of tea.

    • November 10, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Hi, you just can’t beat a cup of tea, and this is a great way to try new brands.

  21. Creative Nails
    November 11, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    This tea box subscription sounds great! Especially if you love tea and love trying different ones. I’m not overly into tea that much. However, reading this has made me want to try some different flavour teas!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • November 11, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Hi, yes it is a perfect subscription box for a tea lover, I hope that you try a tea after this.

  22. November 14, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Wow you got a really good mix of teas. I like that there are more ‘normal’ teas like the Earl Grey and some to take explore your taste buds like the mint chocolate #twinklytuesday

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Hi, yes it is a great selection of teas to suit all tastes, you just can’t beat a nice Earl Grey.

  23. November 14, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Sitting here with a cup of Earl grey right now, not as posh as these ones though. #twinklytuesday

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      You can’t beat a nice cup of Earl Grey.

  24. The Pramshed
    November 14, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Wow this looks like a brilliant subscription box, and I would love a tea box. It would also make a perfect gift. I love that it comes with such a wide variety of tea too. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Hi, yes it sure would make a great gift box.

  25. November 15, 2017 / 7:49 am

    nice review. i think my pick from the list would be the spiced orange pekoe and vika teas. i like me some sweet spices, especially when it comes to cinnamon and vanilla. i do find that most spiced/chai teas out there are disappointing due to their use of ginger (not my fave), which most people love. and so i think i would enjoy those two teas mentioned above.

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      I think you need trial a subscription from this company 😊

      • November 17, 2017 / 8:07 am

        way too far. and strict regulations by the Customs here in Indonesia. either it won’t pass the Customs or i will be taxed heavily on the shipment. believe me, i’ve tried with other tea online orders.

        • November 17, 2017 / 5:24 pm

          Oh no what a shame 😰

  26. November 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    This looks like a really good selection. I am a very plain tea girl myself – a white and one sugar kinda gal! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Hi, it is a great selection, nothing wrong with a good old fashioned cuppa though.

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