Tea Box Express Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2018
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.)
About Tea Box Express
The Subscription Box: Tea Box Express
The Cost: $25.50 a month + $6.49 shipping. Save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions.
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. around the 15th of each month
Tea Box Express September 2018 Review
You can usually expect one tea (sometimes more), one accessory, and one edible item (sometimes more) in this box. Occasionally there will be other tea-themed items as well:
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.
Nepal Tea Company Sample Pouch – Retail Value $25
The purse is made by people with disabilities in Nepal and it is stuffed with lots and lots of tea, which you will see below. This is a little bit different from the items that usually come in Tea Box Express but I actually really like it. It’s a great way to sample a bunch of different teas and I like that the company is helping people support themselves and their families and preserve traditional handicrafts.
There was a brochure with more information about the company (Nepal Tea Company) and its teas.
Here are all the sachets. You can buy this package as either loose leaf (contains 11 packets) or tea bags (contains 2 bags each of 9 varieties). I didn’t think you’d want to see 11 different pictures of loose leaf tea, and it would take me two weeks to get through all of that anyway, so I photographed a couple of sample varieties.
There were flavored and unflavored teas and this is one of the flavored black teas. It has a nice amount of spice without any one flavor becoming too strong if you brew it for a long time. The leaves were nice and big, too.
And here is a gold tea, which is also just lovely. The name of the variety is “Kumari Gold” and if I haven’t had that exact tea before, I’ve had something very much like it. (I just can’t go refer to my older package because it’s something I finished off in short order!) I don’t see gold teas too often and I am definitely a fan. (For reference, gold teas are a special variety of black tea with a higher-than-usual level of essential and there are some subtle differences in the flavor profiles, too.)
Brooklyn Brittle in Cinnamon Walnut (1.35 oz) – Buy 6 oz for $8
This is called “brittle” but is more like a hard cookie. This company is completely new to me and they have some savory flavors (rosemary Parmesan and Kalamata pistachio) in addition to the sweeter flavors, which I think is interesting. (You should also go to their blog where they occasionally post recipes for things that look delicious.) Anyway, I can see softening this up a bit by dunking it in your tea, or if you are a fan of harder cookies, just eating it as-is. (There is nutrition information on their website, linked to in the product name. Each one of these has about 95 calories so they are a bit of an indulgence.)
I have received a lot of Sencha mints in this subscription, but never this flavor before. I think I am slightly more of a fan of the more tart, fruitier mints, but these are by no means bad. (In fact, they are already half gone.) These are vegan and sweetened with stevia and sorbitol so one serving has 0 calories (which is why they are half gone). The cacao is not overpowering so these won’t give you chocolate breath.
Verdict: I couldn’t calculate a total value for this box because two of the items weren’t available for purchase in the sizes received. However, the tea was $25, which leaves about $6.49 for the mints and brittle. It seems like you come pretty close to breaking even here, and I am fine with that because I was totally into the tea this month and I discovered several new companies (this box is absolutely wonderful from a small brand discovery perspective).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your subscription would start with the October box. From Tea Box Express:
Order by the 5th of the month to receive the same month’s box. Order after the 5th of the month and receive your first box starting the next calendar month. If you make your purchase after the 5th but we have extra boxes, we’ll let you know by email.
Coupon – Use coupon code MSA20 for 20% off your first month!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $31.49 (including shipping) and the tea sampler pouch goes for $25, which leaves about $6.49 left over for the mints and brittle.
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