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.
October's theme is the “The Diwali Box.” From Teabox:
It’s the month of October and people are getting busy for the celebrations to come. The Indian festival of lights, Diwali is here. And it’s going to be grand. There’ll be lights, fireworks, sweets, and delicacies; And to add to the festivities we’ve created a set of extraordinary blends to make this month’s Diwali Box. Explore the colorful flavors of India. Shubh Diwali!
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About the Teabox
The Subscription Box: Teabox
The Cost: $29.99 a month + free shipping. $89.97 for a 3-month subscription, $179.94 for a 6-month subscription, or $269.91 for a 9-month subscription.
The Products: High-quality, loose-leaf teas and expert notes about each one.
Ships to: Worldwide
October 2018 Teabox “The Diwali Box" Review
Each Teabox comes with a little booklet describing the theme of the month and listing the sampled teas with a brief description of each one.
This month’s theme is by Diwali, which is the Indian festival of lights. This is a time to enjoy great indulgences which is ever-present in the teas that were sampled this month.
Each blend in this box weighed 10 grams, and depending on the serving size, you can get 2-4 cups of each to sample.
This box came with a very colorful, double-sided coaster as a bonus item.
Kewra Delight Oolong, 10g - Retail Value $3
Floral aroma is putting it mildly! I could smell this tea from across the room, and it tasted just as potent as it smelled. It was perfumey at first, but after the initial shock, I found this blend to be pretty delicious. This tea brewed to a beautiful golden caramel color and using 2.5 teaspoons per serving you can get up to 4 servings of this tea, but I would recommend cutting that serving size it half if you only like a subtle floral tea.
Paan Mist Green, 10g – Retail Value $3
This tea put a little pep in my step! What a strong brew--I used the recommended 2.5 teaspoons, steeping for 3 minutes, but next time I will cut both serving and steep timing in half. I usually do not add any honey, but I felt this needed a little to smooth out a somewhat bitter finish. The cardamom definitely has a presence in this tea, and I only tasted a slight hint of rose, which could have been a little more pronounced.
Fruits N Nuts Tisane, 10g– Retail Value $3
A very cloudy, light blend, this tea is mildly fruit and mostly spicy. Right away I tasted the pineapple and pistachio, but I am also picking up a hint of anise. I didn’t add anything to sweeten this tea because after my first sip, the fruitiness really came through. I’ve never tried a tea that had such an interesting-looking brew. This one left, for lack of better terms, translucent “floaters” throughout my cup; it didn’t change the texture, but I found it very interesting! And delicious!
Caramel Spice Chai, 10g – Retail Value $3
This decadent chai is my favorite tea this month. It is so smooth and creamy, and the notes of caramel and butterscotch make this the perfect after lunch, dessert tea. Some chais promise caramel and don’t deliver, well this one really brought it forward as the main note of the tea. I added a drip of milk and helped myself to a second cup after finishing the first.
Mint Jubilee Green, 10g – Retail Value $3
This tea was a close runner-up to favorite! I love how subtle this tea is because sometimes I just need a little nudge of spearmint in my green tea. It is a truly refreshing, simple-noted tea, but that is what I like about it! This is the perfect tea to enjoy hot or cold, depending on what type of mood you’re in. I used two teaspoons, as recommended, and steeped about 4 minutes, and that made the perfect brew.
Verdict: I feel that I am very lucky to have started my Teabox subscription this month, because not only do I get to cozy up to some new teas as the weather is rapidly changing but this month they sampled multiple types of tea, so I really got a variety of tastes and experiences all in one box! The packaging alone is impressive, but what is inside of these little white envelopes is what has people coming back every month for more. Although this box only technically adds up to $15 retail, I like the theme and the curation for different months, and I have a hard time shopping for different teas, so a monthly box is the perfect solution.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available!
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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.
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