Tea Box Express Subscription Review + Coupon – November 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. This subscription typically does not have an information card with it.
Tea Box Express will occasionally send out a lip balm. But they really know how to pick good lip balms. This has a wonderful spicy scent/flavor and is nicely moisturizing. This puts me in a perfect fall mood and I have been using it a lot since I opened it.
Lindley’s Bakery Co. Shortbread Cookies (2.3 oz) – Estimated Value $2.50 (buy 12 cookies for $10)
These were delicious. I don’t often go for packaged cookies but these have a melt-in-your-mouth texture and yet they totally don’t stick to your teeth. I am glad there were only three because they are high in calories (93 each). I did not photograph them outside of the package because they were falling apart, though.
240Sweet Peppermint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows (10 count) – Retail Value $10
Ugh, marshmallows. I may be in the minority but I really do not like getting marshmallows in subscription boxes because I can’t eat them. (These contain gelatin.) My loss, however, is my husband’s gain. Although he is trying to minimize his sugar intake, the supply of these has been dwindling rather quickly. He says the peppermint flavor is subtle and that it works very well with the chocolate. Some chocolate chips have fallen out of the marshmallows but most of them stayed in place.
Jahmu Turmeric Chai (0.3 oz) – Retail Value $4
This didn’t make it into the first photo because I discovered it much later (it was a flat, small sample pack). This is caffeinated because it has yerba mate. I tried drinking this straight and it was lovely (it is warm and comforting and you don’t really taste the turmeric) but, like the packaging said, the spices really didn’t stay blended. Luckily, there were some alternate suggestions for use in the mini recipe booklet that came with it, so I am going to try a different tactic next time.
The Necessiteas Hot Chocolate – Retail Value $12.50
I am sad about this, too. It has mini marshmallows and an incomplete ingredients list (it doesn’t say what is in the marshmallows). I have to assume the marshmallows have gelatin. Who would’ve thought there was such a thing as non-vegetarian tea? (I reached out to the manufacturer by email and on Twitter but after several days, did not get a response.)
My husband was, again, a willing guinea pig. He says the following: (1) this smells really good, (2) the flavor was weak for a black tea, and (3) to make it stronger, he would try using a steel mesh infuser instead of a disposable tea bag, possibly use hotter water (we just poured water from the carafe of our coffee machine), brew for longer than 5 minutes, and possibly use more leaves.
Here are the two teas for this month: the chocolate one is on the left and the turmeric chai is on the right.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $33 for the November Tea Box Express. That’s pretty close to the cost of the box plus shipping, which is not a bad value for a box consisting pretty much entirely of food items and/or items from small producers. This was a disappointing box for me, personally, in terms of curation because of my dietary restrictions, but my husband confirms that the items I wasn’t able to sample are delicious, so this will probably work for most people.