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Dollar Tea Club Review + Coupon – March 2018

Ragan Buckley
ByRagan BuckleyApr 7, 2018 | 6 comments

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Dollar Tea Club
5 overall rating
3 Ratings | 2 Reviews

Dollar Tea Club is an inexpensive way to sample different teas. Each month, expect to receive a variety of different caffeinated and herbal teas including plain and flavored teas. Some subscription options are customizable.

This is a review of the Explorer subscription (one of several versions they offer), which provides enough tea to make 6-8 cups ($1 per month plus $3 shipping).

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Dollar Tea Club March 2018 Review

About Dollar Tea Club

The Subscription Box: Dollar Tea Club

The Cost: $1 for the Explorer (3 new samples every month), or choose the “Sommelier” or “Grand Explorer,” which are more customizable options. Shipping for the Explorer is $3.

COUPON: Use code MSAWELCOME to valid for 15% off, non-expiring coupon.

The Products: Three loose leaf tea samples per month along with a few tea filter bags.

Ships to: U.S. and Canada

Dollar Tea Club March 2018 Review

Dollar Tea Club has made a few changes since the last time I reviewed this subscription. Now they offer honey sticks, for example, which you can add to your package for a small additional charge.

There wasn’t a traditional information card, but the tea packages themselves contain plenty of information on ingredients, brewing temperatures, etc.

Disposable Filter Bags (3) – Add-on 10 filters per month to your subscription for an additional $1.75

These have a pretty fine mesh size and they hold a lot of tea, so you can make them work with either small particles or larger whole leaves. Plus, they’re pretty convenient if you don’t like to clean out infusers.

Honey Stick – Add 1 per month to your subscription for an additional $0.75

This is unpasteurized (raw) Canadian honey in a single serve tube. I have a really bitter tea from another subscription I tried this with and it definitely took off the edge. You can add 1, 3, or 10 of these per month so you can get as much honey as you want without accumulating a massive amount.

CoCo LoCo Tea (0.22 oz)

CoCo LoCo Tea (0.22 oz)

I was a fan of this but that’s not a surprise since it has coconut, almond, and white chocolate (in a green tea base), which are all things I love. I haven’t provided an individual price because although you can add teas to your subscription with Dollar Tea Club, you can’t purchase them individually at this time, and the package size isn’t the same. This would be good as a dessert tea although be forewarned it does have a little caffeine.

Here are the tea leaves and what it looks like brewed.

Vanilla Caramel Swirl Tea (0.22 oz)

Vanilla Caramel Swirl Tea (0.22 oz)

This is probably my favorite of the month. It is a rooibos tea and normally I am all about caffeine, but the caramel won me out. This would be an excellent (and caffeine free) dessert tea. It smelled wonderful and it was a pretty color.

Here are the tea leaves and what it looks like brewed.

Sencha Organic Tea (0.22 oz)

This is an Asian-style, full-leaf green tea. I think it would be a good introduction to other Asian-style green teas (if you drink green tea from Lipton or Bigelow or Twinings, it is just different from the Asian-style teas – milder, less earthy, less astringent) as it’s not quite as strong as some others I’ve sampled. I like to drink teas like this early in the morning.

Here are the tea leaves and what it looks like brewed.

Verdict: I did not calculate a value for the March 2018 Dollar Tea Club since there is nowhere to buy these specific teas/blends online outside of having a subscription. However, for $1 plus $3 in shipping, I am happy. If you add on the cost of the honey stick ($0.75/month for one), that is still a pretty good deal. (As you can see from the first image, nearly all of that shipping cost is spent on postage; the rest is probably for the envelope.)

There is enough tea here to get, by my estimate, at least 9 cups, so it works out to less than 50 cents per cup, which is right in line with other premium loose leaf teas. Everything was high quality, too, with identifiable ingredients and robust flavor. If you like to drink a little tea now and then or are thinking about getting into it, this is a good (and inexpensive) way to try a few things and see what you like without getting overwhelmed.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This was the March shipment and it’s April now (this takes awhile to get to the US from Canada), so no, but if any of the teas sound like something you want to try, you can choose one of the more customizable subscriptions and add them.

Coupon – Get 15% off your first Dollar Tea Club box with code MSAR401

Value Breakdown: At $4.75 for this box (including $1 for the subscription, $3 for shipping, and $0.75 for the honey stick), you are paying a little less than $1 per item (counting the filter bags as an item), but keep in mind that you can get multiple cups of tea from each packet of tea leaves.

Check out all of our Dollar Tea Club reviews and lots of great tea subscriptions in the Drinks Subscription Box List!

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What did you think of Dollar Tea Club? Do you get any tea subscriptions?

Explore three new blends every month with a Dollar Tea Club subscription, or hand-pick your favorites for $1.00 from our selection of 50+ loose leaf teas. What you'll get: - delicious new loose leaf teas every month + awesome goodies New Subscribers get: - a Tea Journal for rating the... read more.
Ragan Buckley
Ragan Buckley
Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She's now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn't give up beauty boxes entirely).

Ragan Buckley
Ragan Buckley
Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She's now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn't give up beauty boxes entirely).
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6 comments

Wendy

Love your review, just subscribed! I wonder if they send to APO addresses. Great subscription for military overseas.

katie

Nice review. Will have to check it out.

Shana

I’m so intrigued! Thanks for the great review!

Kyuu

I don’t know anything about unpasteurized honey (I know archaeologists have dipped into thousand-year-old honey and it still didn’t go bad so I’m assuming this is fine) but unpasteurized food is nasty in general. I think people are so anti-science they don’t understand what certain processes are. Pasteurization is literally where food manufacturers heat food to a certain temperature so that 90%, 95%, 99% of bacteria is killed therefore your food goes bad less quickly. This is opposed to sterilization in which 100% of bacteria is killed – what you want for surgical tools. But because foods will change chemical composition if you actually sterilized them (think eggs) that’s why we have pasteurization…. but any company that brags about a food being unpasteurized makes me automatically not trust it.

Ragan

I would never drink unpasteurized milk, and I know there have been cases of kids getting sick from unpasteurized juice (the only “raw” juice I drink is straight from my own juicer and I don’t let it sit for more than a few minutes).

But honey is a little different. The primary danger associated with honey is botulism and there are pretty much no documented cases of this among healthy adults. If you are immune compromised, perhaps you should think twice. And never give any honey to babies because their immune systems aren’t fully developed. But for most people, it’s fine. (And selling raw honey doesn’t mean a company advocates ALL food being raw.)

As an experiment, search for “raw honey” and “raw milk” separately online. For raw honey, you’ll pretty much just find non-trustworthy websites (Dr. Axe, Dr. Mercola, and natural health sites) extolling its virtues. For raw milk, you’ll find sources like the CDC and the FDA really high on the results list, warning you against drinking it (along with the same non-trustworthy websites promoting it). The CDC doesn’t see a need to warn people against consuming raw honey and it’s not illegal in a lot of states (whereas unpasteurized milk is, and even raw milk cheese are highly regulated).

Jody

Ragan,
Thanks for the review. I missed this one. Need this in my life now.

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