17 March 2017

The True Tea Club

It's been a shamefully long time since I've posted here, I know. I've been a busy bee with work and life and my new blog project. If there was one thing that would drag me back into action, it's my love of tea!

The lovely chaps over at The True Tea Club asked if I'd like to try out their tea subscription box, and I've rarely been more certain in my 'yes'!

I love subscription boxes but my dabblings with them in the past have led to me having a houseful of random stuff I don't really know what to do with. But never with tea. Tea is always useful, tea is always wonderful.

The True Tea Club (Yorkshire based, like all the best folk) want to share their 'exper-teas' (yes, I know that's terrible) by introducing their subscribers to a variety of exciting tea blends. These are perfect for the tea beginner as well as those who know their way around loose leafs already, as they come with simple instructions, plenty of info, and even a couple of empty tea bags for those more comfortable with that tea-making method (or lacking the equipment for otherwise).

There's a couple of subscription options, starting at £10 a month (UK postage included) for around 40 cups worth of tea. There's options for tailor-making your box too, if there's a particular tea-type you aren't fond of. I personally like the surprise!

Here's what a typical box might look like...

The first one I tried was the 'Mighty Mango' tea, which smells INCREDIBLE when you open the packet. I'm quite partial to a mango tea and so was really looking forward to this, and the official description really helped sell it: 'Mellow like a Californian beach, the sencha basis is surrounded by bright sunflower blossoms which relaxes in harmony with the fruity mango flavour.' Sounds dreamy, right? I was surprised by the brewing instructions, which suggested a mere 10-20 seconds brewing time. In fact I was half convinced it was a mistake so it was with a certain degree of cynicism that I brewed mine for a (generous) 20 seconds but was pleasantly surprised with how much flavour came out in this brief window, which also didn't give enough time from any green tea bitterness to seep into the final brew. This was just lovely, and would make a particularly cracking drink come those warmer summer days!

Next up was the Vanilla Cupcake - a sweet smooth rooibos with an extra fruity touch in the way of orange peel, papaya strips and banana chips. Plus, isn't it pretty? That's the addition of cornflower, marigold and rose petals which add to the flavour as well as being a treat for the eye! I love the creamy vanilla rooibos base, and though I'm not convinced of its cupcakey-ness, it was a delicious brew nonetheless!

Earl Grey never struck me as particularly rebellious. A little too dainty and flowery for that, so I was interested in what earned the Earl Grey Rebel it's name. Oh, this is punchy! Its Earl Grey, but fresh and zesty, and just properly good. Love it!

I know I've already mentioned how pretty the teas are, and 'prettiness' is a funny desired trait in a tea in a way as the lovely colours and textures found in a tea blend aren't really reflected in the look of the finished drink... but still, look at this beauty! (I could get into why a pretty tea actually is a better tea, but that's a whole other blog post..! Do have a look at The True Tea Club's explanation of the differences between loose tea and tea bags here if you are interested though!) Despite loving the colours of the Rainbow Chaser, made up of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint and orange peel, this was my least favourite of the bunch. It's just not my cup of tea, as it were. It might be partially because I lack the patience for the longer brewing time of 5-10 minutes, it might be that it tastes like it's really good for you, but I'm just not that into the more herbal/fruity teas. My brother loves this one though, so it's all personal preference - and of course, if there's something you don't like, tea-wise, you can always mention it in your subscription to avoid getting them in future boxes!

I think a service like this is a great way to try new teas - especially if you aren't really sure of what you like yet and want to try different kinds. If you come across a favourite you can even stock up on it from the True Tea Club online shop! You can also follow The True Tea Club on twitter, facebook and instagram for sneaky peaks at what's coming up in future boxes

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