Simple Loose Leaf is a monthly loose leaf tea subscription box. Choose from the Classic Tea Box (which contains some caffeinated teas and some herbal teas) or the Decaf Tea Box.
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.)
This is a review of the Classic Tea, $9 a month, box.
About Simple Loose Leaf
The Subscription Box: Simple Loose Leaf
The Cost: $9/month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: four different hand-packaged loose leaf teas; this is a review of the standard (caffeinated) box and includes a black tea, a green tea, an oolong, and an herbal tea (the types received per month may vary a little – you won’t always get an oolong, for example)
Ships to: The United States for $2.99 and Canada for $9.49
Simple Loose Leaf June 2018 Review
There isn’t a monthly theme, and there is already brewing information on each pouch of tea (as you will see below), but there was a simple brochure this month. (As an aside, I am a fan of the new, smaller box – less cardboard waste.):
Here is the booklet that came with this shipment.
4 Reusable Linen Tea Filters
If you are new to drinking loose leaf tea, not to worry. Simple Loose Leaf has you covered with these reusable tea filter bags. I used these to brew this month’s teas and they worked quite well. You’ll get a new set of 4 bags every month, too.
Atoqua Herbal (10g) – Buy 2 oz for $10
This has a lot of your standard herbal tea ingredients (rose petals, hibiscus, etc.). It is actually a little tart, what with cranberries being the first ingredient. This one would be a good one to brew iced. This one *is* a good one to add honey to; I know as I have come down with a terrible cold so I have definitely tried this. Also, surely there is some vitamin C in there with all those fruit ingredients.
Empress Rajini (10g)
This is a flavored black tea. I have been iffy on peach flavors in tea, in the past, as they are not universally wonderful. But this blend actually works for me (even if you forget to remove the tea bag for a while). Black teas are the ones I reach for most often and this is different from anything else in my stash at work. I’m sure it will disappear quickly.
Moroccan Mint (10g) – Buy 2 oz for $8.50
This one is a pretty simple blend, just green tea (not a strongly Asian style, this time) with some peppermint. I wouldn’t even say it was a lot of peppermint; the mint is pretty light here. Although I am a fan of Asian-style green teas, I have to say, the Western style of this one works better with the mint flavor.
Summer’s Chai (10g)
This one isn’t available in the Simple Loose Leaf shop (though check later on, as it may come into stock at the future). I guess you could do the whole chai thing with hot milk, but I have a cold right now and drinking milk in tea sounds like a good way to make my congestion worse, so I brewed this with just water. It has some natural sweetness from the coconut, rooibos, and vanilla, and it is caffeine-free so it is a great one to wind down with at night. The cinnamon doesn’t get too strong here, even with extended brewing times.
Verdict: This subscription is only $11.99 (including shipping to the US), so you can think of this as getting four teas for $3 each. There’s enough in each bag to brew about 5 cups (if you measure, which I admittedly usually don’t), which works out to about 60 cents per cup, with the bags thrown in as a nice extra. The teas this month were all quite soothing on a sore throat (I have a weird off-season cold) and I think the blends this month will definitely appeal to a Western (or tea newbie) palate.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, boxes ship on the first of the month so your first box would be July's.
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Value Breakdown: At $11.99 per month (including shipping), you are paying about $3 per tea.
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