Review of The Tea Leaf Co Gift Box

As a lady who loves her cups of tea I love Christmas as I often very lucky and receive tea related gifts. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review The Tea leaf Co gift set I couldn’t wait for the parcel to arrive. The gift set retails at £29.00 or you can purchase individual tins as a stocking filler for £4.99. The Tea Leaf Co was founded by two tea obsessed Brits and the son of an Indian tea planter. Their adventure begun over a cup of English Breakfast at a kitchen table that took them half way around the world to the tea fields of Nagaland. Farmers use traditional methods, so no nasty chemicals in the ground. Every leaf is handpicked and rolled with love and care.

(Photo credit Tea Leaf Co)
Onto the packaging if you purchase the gift set you get a black box containing a variety of four tins of tea with a measuring spoon. I received mine in a plain box with the tea and spoon wrapped up snuggly over two layers of tissue paper.

Onto the tea itself this is contained within four small silver round tins.They reminded me of an old-fashioned shoe polish tin, this may sound like a strange compassion but there you go. Each tin has the same nautical theme with the companies logo top the top and the name of the tea to the centre. Each type of tea has a colour which is subtly integrated into the design of the top of the tin.

Royal Rogues

I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as a refreshing, citrusy blend of Italian bergamot oil and hand-rolled single estate tea from the tea fields of Nagaland.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list, but there is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the tin I was greeted by a strong and very inviting citrus aroma, it reminded me of a quality bergamot which intensified on my close up sniff test.

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 bergamot noted. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was fairly strong and well-balanced. I got the strong and rich bodied flavour from the black tea intermingled with the fairly strong yet not overpowering slightly citrus undertones from the bergamot. The bergamot broke down the strong rich bodied flavour from the black tea to just the right amount. I love a nice cup of traditional earl grey with no fancy added extras 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.

No 05 Blood Orange Infusion

It is described as the exotic blood orange in this bright, tangy infusion packs a bold, sweet citrusy punch that’s as tart as it is sweet.

Onto the ingredients dried apple pieces, rosehip, hibiscus flowers orange peel. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the tin I immediately got hit by the delightful aroma from the orange. 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 hibiscus. I was a little disappointed as I was unable to distinguish the apple or the rosehip elements to this tea even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted just like its aroma. The orange and hibiscus were quiet strong and seemed to drown out the apple and rosehip. I am afraid that I didn’t enjoy this tea. Whilst I loved the initial aroma from the orange the combination of this with the hibiscus impacted on the other elements to this tea. Yes it had a citrusy punch which was slightly tart but the sweetness that I had hoped for just didn’t happen. I’m afraid that I wouldn’t recommend this tea.

No 06 Simply Green

It is described as a timeless classic brew that’s incredibly intense, rich in flavour and mouth-watering in its softness.

Onto to the ingredients list green tea is listed. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the package I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of a grassy meadow with subtle undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test.

I placed the tea in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the subtle grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. This flavour was slightly weaker than I had hoped due it’s strong aroma. However, this really didn’t matter the flavour from the tea was very subtle. This resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea. I would describe as one of the most delicate ones that I have tried. I would certainly recommend this tea.

No 16 Green & Mint

It is described as a tongue-tingling mint fresh tea. We start with our Sir Lanka green tea as a base, then mix in just the right amount of cooling peppermint leaves to create a subtly refreshing tea experience.

Onto the ingredients list sadly the label on the back of the tin that contained this information was missing. As a result I could not see any allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. I had to check on the companies website which was a little disappointing if I am honest. Green tea and peppermint is listed.

On opening the package I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of a peppermint. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test with subtle undertones of grassiness and smokiness noted.

I placed the tea in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light yellow/green colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds were immediately hit by the peppermint. This was fairly strong yet without being to overpowering. This was preceded by the subtle grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. The peppermint was slightly weaker than I had hoped due it’s strong aroma. However, this really didn’t matter if it was any stronger it would have impacted on the subtle flavour from the green tea. This resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea. I would describe it as one of the most delicate mint teas that I have tried. I would certainly recommend this tea.

I enjoyed the opportunity to try a selection of The Tea leaf co teas and made great use of the measuring spoon. I am sure that any tea fan would like to receive this gift box over Christmas. I would personally prefer one of the tins as a surprise in my Christmas stocking.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try and review. All of the opinions in this post are my own and honest.

 

57 Comments

  1. December 5, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful gift set, and the aromas of all of the teas sound just wonderful, especially the bergamot of the first one! I’d certainly be pleased to find this in my stocking!

    Abbey 😘

    • December 5, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      I would be as well, the aromas were indeed delightful, I would agree with the bergamot as you know one fo my favourites 😊.

  2. December 5, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    As an absolute lover of tea this is right up my street. I’ve got to drink a lot of interesting teas this month from my tea advent calendar, and I’m sure I’ll get some similar flavours along the way.

    • December 5, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Oh wow enjoy your advent calendar which brand did you get. I had Bluebird Tea Co last year and loved it. Maybe you should drop some hints to see if you could have a tin as a stocking filler.

      • December 5, 2017 / 8:01 pm

        I got it from the English tea company and it’s really good

        • December 5, 2017 / 8:03 pm

          Oh maybe I shall get that next year.

    • December 5, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Hi, you should give one of their tins a try a nice way to receive some tea.

  3. December 5, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Blood Orange would be the one I’d go for. Just the sound of it makes me wanna cosy up next to it and watch the snow fall down. Love your detailed reports on the teas. Always a pleasure to read.
    lea, xx

    • December 5, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Yes I think that the blood orange will be quiet popular. If we get snow I shall put the fire on and have a cup for you. Thank you for your kind comments, much appreciated.

    • December 5, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      It sure is a nice gift, thank you for your kind comments.

  4. Jasmin N
    December 5, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    This sounds perfect for someone who enjoys tea! I drink tea only when I’m ill, which basically is at the moment but I’ve ran out of tea haha.

    • December 5, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Oh no I hope that you feel better soon.

  5. Creative Nails
    December 5, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    This would be such a great gift for anyone that enjoys teas – it allows people to try a few different flavours to see which they prefer. What an interesting backstory to how it all started too!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • December 5, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Hi, yes a mini selection is always a good choice so you can then get your favourite. I love back stories.

  6. glowsteady
    December 5, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    This looks like such a lovely gift, I might even get one for my mum.I love bergamot so the Royals and Rogue sounds perfect to me x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co,uk

    • December 5, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Oh I ma sure that your mum would like one of theses tins as a gift, you may have treat yourself as well 😊

  7. December 5, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love tea but have only ever tried a just plain tea. These look and sound great. I would be interested in trying them out to see what they taste like 🙂 #MMBC

    • December 5, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Hi, you should certainly think about giving these a try or maybe just try one tin,

  8. December 5, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    This looks like a great gift, I’m a bit tea drinker but haven’t had any of this brand. I have the Tea Revv advent this year and am reviewing them over at my blog.

    • December 5, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Hi, it sure does make a nice gift. Oh I’ve not heard of Tea Revv I shall take a look at your blog.

      • December 5, 2017 / 9:41 pm

        I hadn’t before but found it online. I got myself the calendar and 2 friends a lovely gift each. I’ve only posted my first flavour on the blog so far, but will be posting a few flavours at a time throughout December.

        • December 5, 2017 / 10:19 pm

          Oh I shall keep my eyes peeled.

  9. December 6, 2017 / 6:14 am

    This looks lovely as a gift and the blood orange sounds nice even if it was a bit overpowering! #bloggersbest

    • December 6, 2017 / 6:53 am

      Hi, yes it would make a lovely gift. The blood orange seems to be a popular choice.

  10. December 6, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    What a lovely gift; really original. I would quite fancy the mint. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

    • December 6, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Yes mint is always a good choice.

  11. Lauren Becker
    December 6, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    What a fun gift idea! I think my sister would really enjoy this – she’s the tea lover.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • December 6, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Oh I think that this would be great for your sister then.

  12. December 7, 2017 / 8:01 am

    I love posh tea! There is something romantic about it – like a good bottle of wine. These would make a wonderful present this Christmas! x #SharingtheBlogLove

    • December 7, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Hi, yes there is indeed something romantic about it, you cant beat a posh tea for yourself or as a gift.

  13. December 7, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    What a cute little gift set! I think the Earl Grey and the Simply Green would probably be my faves of the bunch 💖

    • December 7, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      It sure is a cute gift and perfect for any tea lover, yeh to Earl Grey. Oh by the way are there any other earl greys that you would recommend? Thanks.

      • December 7, 2017 / 5:51 pm

        I’d highly recommend French Earl Grey from T2 , Posh Charles from Manchester parched tea bar and any earl grey’s that the Rutland tea co do (especially the Lavender one ) 💖

        • December 7, 2017 / 6:08 pm

          Hi, great thanks for that helpful info I feel an order from T2 happening soon, gutted when I missed their gift set on offer, and I like Rutland tea so will investigate further, thank you 😊.

          • December 7, 2017 / 6:09 pm

            Treat yourself to something from T2! They have a great teawear offer on at the moment 💖

          • December 7, 2017 / 6:15 pm

            I keep trying to resist but may well have to give in.

  14. December 7, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Tea is such a perfect stocking stuffer and you really can’t get a easier presentation than these adorable tins! The leaves look so pretty when you open too – thanks so much for reviewing and letting us know how great these are!

    • December 7, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Hi, I love the tins a great way to store tea and indeed a perfect stocking stuffer.

    • December 7, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Hi, this is the one that everyone seems to be intrigued by, it sure is a great selection.

  15. onedaydreamawaycom
    December 7, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Wow this looks lovely! I am not a massive tea lover but I think my mum would adore this

    • December 7, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      I think it would make a great gift for any tea fan.

  16. December 7, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Omggg the blood orange infusion sounds perfect for me! We’re big tea drinkers in this house so I might just get a box for the house for the holidays! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

    • December 7, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Hi, this seems to be a very popular choice, why not spoil yourselves and give the box a try.

  17. Lisa's Notebook
    December 7, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Earl Grey is my favourite tea too, I love bergamot so the Royal & Rogues one sounds perfect for me. Although I don’t like green or fruit teas, my husband likes green and my aunt likes fruit so this could be a perfect gift box that I divvy up – thank you for this review and I LOVE your photos! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisanotebook.com

    • December 7, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Hi, that sounds like a perfect idea to me a nice divvy up, thank you for your kind comments much appreciated.

  18. December 7, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    This is so interesting, I’m not much of a tea drinker I’ll have it occasionally but I do want to get in to drinking more tea, maybe I could look in to these! 💕

    • December 7, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Hi, it could be a great way to sample new teas.

  19. December 8, 2017 / 12:48 am

    What a beautiful gift box! #BloggersBest

  20. December 10, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    It sounds like a lovely gift box for any tea lover – I can think of a few people this would appeal to! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • December 10, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Hi, it sure is a lovely gift for a tea lover.

  21. December 11, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    What a wonderful gift! Sounds fab for anyone that loves tea. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

    • December 11, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      I sure is a lovely gift, thanks for stopping by.

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