Tea Box Express Subscription Review + Coupon – April 2017
Tea Box Express is a monthly box of tea goodies! Rather than just having tea and nothing else, you’ll get a few edible treats and accessories as well.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Tea Box Express
The Cost: $25.50 for month-to-month; save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions. Shipping is $6.49 per month.
COUPON: Use coupon code MSA20 for 20% off your first month!
The Products: Quality teas, edible goodies like cookies, and a couple of accessories
Ships to: U.S.
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There was a card asking you to share your box contents on social media. The back has a note from the author of one of the items and a free bookmark you can cut out. This subscription typically does not have an information card with it.
Lark Fine Foods Salted Caramel Almond Chocolate Pearl Cookies (1.2 oz) – Value $1.31 (buy a 5.5 oz. package for $6)
These were not quite as sweet as you might expect (but they were still plenty sweet) and they had an excellent texture for packaged cookies. This contains bits of almond brittle and Carmelia Chocolate Pearls (that must be a trade name belonging to Lark Fine Foods because the only hits I get from Google return me to this product) finished with sea salt. At any rate, this combination of flavors was right up my alley.
Sunny Seeds Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds (1 oz) – Value $0.95 (buy a 3 oz. tube for $2.84)
These are chocolate covered sunflower seeds. They are reminiscent of eating mini M&M’s, quite honestly, although you can detect a hint of the seedy flavor if you are looking for it. The colors were pretty and vibrant. Pricing is a little bit difficult to understand on the manufacturer’s website but I have done my best to estimate the cost.
Cloister Honey Straws (vanilla, 12 straws) – Value $6
This is the month of vanilla flavoring for Tea Box Express, I guess (see below as well). I actually like the idea of using vanilla-infused honey – these were a great way to add a bit of vanilla and sweetness to my tea (I just tried one in a plain black tea so it would be easier to detect) without over-steeping and ending up with too much vanilla flavor.
Tea-spiration: Inspirational Words for Tea Lovers by Lu Ann Pannunzio – Value $10.37 on Amazon (retail price $14.95)
This is the first time Tea Box Express has included a book. The author is a blogger (her blog, The Cup of Life, is here) who writes about drinking tea, cooking with tea, and crafting with tea. I’ve skimmed the book and read a few pages so far but it has made me think a little – I just make tea automatically at work, without really stopping to think about it, and drink the tea as I do other things. But there is definitely some value in the book’s approach of stopping to meditate or just experience tea without distractions and I probably need more of that in my life!
Reading Room Tea Nikki Teavonni Loose Leaf Tea (1.6 oz) – Value $10
This is a green tea infused with vanilla and lotus blossom essence. (The name was inspired by poet Nikki Giovanni in case this happened to sound a little familiar to you.) I recommend a relatively short brewing time for this one unless you want the vanilla to take over (although I did like it even with strong vanilla).
This was relatively light but it actually had a pretty good level of caffeine for me.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $28.63 for the April Tea Box Express if you use the Amazon price for the book, or add about $4.50 more if you use the book’s list price. Either way, you come out pretty close to the cost of the box plus shipping (or a little ahead with the list price). This is a pretty typical value for Tea Box Express. Please do keep in mind that if you were to order all of these items separately, you’d also be hit with shipping charges (or an order minimum) from all the manufacturers. Plus, I think there is a lot of value in the curation here, as well. I would never have heard of any of these companies otherwise. Overall, I thought the composition of the box was very nice. I loved all the snack items and the tea is unique (and good) and I’m excited to sit down with the book for awhile, also.
What did you think of Tea Box Express? Do you get any tea subscriptions?