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Teabox “The Chai Box” Review + 50% Off Coupon – March 2018

Teabox is a monthly themed box filled with loose-leaf selections and easily-digestible, expert notes that provide background information and help compare flavor profiling with your own tasting experiences.

March’s theme is the “Chai Box.”

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About the Teabox

The Subscription Box: Teabox

The Cost: $89.97 for a 3-month subscription, $179.94 for a 6-month subscription, or $269.91 for a 9-month subscription. Free shipping.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 3/31, use code TBSUB50 to save 50% off all subscription plans!

The Products: High-quality, loose-leaf teas and expert notes about each one

Ships to: Worldwide

Teabox “The Chai” Box March 2018 Review

Each Teabox comes with a handy insert elaborating on the month’s theme and the teas included. This month’s card is all about chai, and breaks down all the unique ways different regions of India enjoy their chai tea!

All the blends I received in this box were caffeinated with a black-tea base and looked very, very similar when brewed. (They were varying shades of amber, almost-red hues in my mug!) Despite looking the same, their flavors varied greatly.

Each blend in this box weighed 0.35 oz., which means you get about 4 cups of tea out of each bag.

Bombay Cutting Chai Tea, 0.35 oz. – Retail Value $3.00

The first blend I sampled is noted as being comprised of the “choicest of spices including warm cardamom, sharp ginger, and exotic fennel seeds, blended to perfection with fresh, strong Assam CTC.”

I couldn’t taste much ginger in it, woe! I found it had a subdued, almost smoky taste to it, especially once it hit my throat. Its aftertaste was sweeter, and the enduring aroma it gave off was a bit citrusy.

Assam Masala Chai Tea, 0.35 oz. – Retail Value $3.00

This Assam Masala Chai was my FAVORITE TEA IN THE BOX. (I forgot to snap a picture of the FRONT of the pouch.) It has one of the highest customer ratings on Teabox’s website if that’s a sufficient indication of how darn good it is!

It’s made with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, black pepper. The cinnamon flavor POPPED and enveloped me in the coziest, most delicious hug a beverage could offer. I’m an eternal sucker for sweets, but I resisted pouring any sugar or cream in these teas so I could get a full sense of their flavors. This blend is likely better off without sugar regardless—it’s delicious and perfect all on its own!

Wayanad Cardamom Chai Tea, 0.35 oz. – Retail Value $3.00

This blend had a warm, sweeter taste to it compared to others in the box. Its only ingredients are black tea and cardamom pods, but its resulting aroma is nutty, smooth, and elevating. The cardamom is flavorful, but not too strong, which I was really on board with!

Punjabi Masala Chai Tea, 0.35 oz. – Retail Value $3.00

Bishop’s weed, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, dry ginger, and fennel are all present in this blend. The spices were heavy! It has a dark and complex flavor to it, and its aroma is strong.

I think I would have enjoyed this one with a bit of cream, sugar, or lemon in it. Maybe it’s my sweet tooth, maybe my taste buds just haven’t advanced far enough in the sophisticated world of tea yet. Who knows!

Kolkata Street Chai Tea, 0.35 – Retail Value $3.00

This blend was a bit lighter in color than the rest of ’em! I could really taste the ginger in this, which I loved. Its resulting aroma was bold and bright, and the refreshing blend of flavors each tickled their way to the top as I sipped.

I couldn’t quite find the saffron flavor in this blend, but boy did I feel fancy knowing it was there!

Chai Spice Blend

As you may have seen in February’s “Companion” box, blending spices are also included to go with the Teabox theme each month! I received some spicy showstoppers that were found in my chai blends.

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any designated blending bases like Taryn did, so I’m kinda stumped on what exactly to do with these elegant ingredients. I suppose I could add them to my tea blends? Spice things up even more, eh?

Verdict: I had very little idea what to expect from this box, and I was so pleasantly surprised. The only chai I’d ever had before was usually found in a creamy, sugary chai latte, so tasting these blends felt authentic, sophisticated, and exciting. You can tell that Teabox puts great care into each box—from their illustrated inserts to their convenient labels and resealable pouches, this box is a fantastic experience. I also appreciated that they listed the caffeine content of each tea because it stopped me from sipping these before bed and staying up all night!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available!

Coupon – Now through 3/31, use code TBSUB50 to save 50% off all subscription plans! Or, use code TBMSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $29.99 (including shipping) and you receive five 0.35 oz. pouches of tea, which add up to 20-25 cups. That gives an average value of about $6.00 per tea or about $1.30 per cup. The per-cup cost seems high to me, but I do believe that the calming act of steeping your own tea is a valuable, worthwhile activity in itself. The ingredients meant for blending are a nice bonus! (They could also be used in cooking, amirite?)

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Written by Katie Martina

Katie Martina

Catch Katie perpetually stressing about finding the time to see every movie on her growing to-watch list. Some of her favorite pastimes include car-belting to ABBA, continuing her search for the perfect skincare routine, and just makin’ sure everyone’s having a good time. Home decor lured her into the world of subscription boxes, but a recent foray into knitting has her giddy to find new crafts to explore!

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Teabox Reviews| Tags: TeaBox | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. Dear Katie,

    I am curious to know where you go the write up regarding the blend description in the light blue box “Our blends’ journey starts from plantations of Kerala and travels into our kitchen for blending perfection. With these amazing spices and tea leaves, we hand craft our blends for your enjoyment….”

    Was this included in The Chai Box literature sent to you by TeaBox or their website? The reason I am asking is because this exactly the content that was taken from our website thechaibox.com we are a tea blending company in the US in Atlanta Georgia. We are not at all affiliated with the TeaBox company you are referencing in your review. Thank you for your help.

  2. What a lot of Indians do is make up a “masala” blend for their chai. They mix up all those spices, grind them in the coffee bean grinder, and set it aside. Then you boil regular black tea and add the masala blend (not too much or your chai will be REALLY spicy), add milk and wait for it to boil again. Voila, authentic Indian chai.

    • Exactly. This is a ripoff. With this price, they should have added a small pack of saffron. Typically chai is made with milk and sugar (optional). It’s kind of hilarious that they just changed a little variation of spice in each pouch of “chai”.

      • Thank you both for your input, truly! I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge—it makes a lot of sense that this box could be considered overpriced by someone who’s a lot more familiar with traditional chai. Totally agree with the saffron addition. I’m hoping next month’s box may be a little more of value, and am excited to report back! ☕

    • (See my added response to Sobie above. 💓). I really appreciate you sharing this knowledge, Cookie. I still have a lot of tea blend left so this weekend I am absolutely going to try it with milk and added spices!

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