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Simple Loose Leaf Tea Box Review + Coupon – December 2018

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Box Front

Simple Loose Leaf is a loose leaf tea subscription box. Choose from the Original Sampler Box (which contains some caffeinated teas and some herbal teas), Herbal Decaf Box, Green Tea Box, or Black Tea Box.

This is a review of the Original Sampler Box, which costs $9.00 a month plus $2.99 US 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.)

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 Review

About Simple Loose Leaf

The Subscription Box: Simple Loose Leaf

The Cost: $9/month (save with longer subscriptions)

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code 3B1TEA to save 33% off your first month!

The Products: four different hand-packaged loose leaf teas; this is a review of the Original Sampler 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 December 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:

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Booklet 1Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Booklet 2Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Booklet 3Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Booklet 4

Here is the booklet that came with this shipment.

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - 4 Reusable Linen Tea Filters Front

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. I am happy to see that these are unbleached.

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Fujian Oolong PackedSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Fujian Oolong UnpackedSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Fujian Oolong In Cup Top

Fujian Oolong – Buy 2 oz for $6

You won’t receive an oolong every month, but this month we did get one. This one is described as having a bit of a roasted aroma and I actually think that’s accurate (you’ll know what I mean if you have had genmaicha, which has roasted rice in it). This is also one that you don’t want to over-steep or it may get a little bitter. (However, you can re-steep the leaves more than once if that’s something you’re into.) Anyway, lately, I’m really into “plain” (i.e., not mixed with other herbs, fruits, flavors, etc.) teas so I was a fan of this one.

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Hathikuli Black Packed FrontSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Hathikuli Black UnpackedSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Hathikuli Black In Cup Top

Hathikuli Black – Buy 2 oz for $6

This is from the Assam region of India (and thus it is an Indian-style black tea, so more familiar to the Western palate than East Asian varieties). I will go for a plain black tea pretty much every time over anything else and this one is already gone (I take the teas from this subscription into my office to drink and go through multiple cups per day).

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Japanese Kukicha Packed FrontSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Japanese Kukicha UnpackedSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Midnight Herbal In Cup

Japanese Kukicha – Buy 2 oz for $17

Wow, this one is expensive! It is interesting, as it is mostly made from stems, stalks, and twigs, rather than leaves (think of it as a byproduct of making sencha or matcha). Oftentimes, stems and such are considered undesirable in tea blends, but here they are considered premium. And, I have to say, I enjoy the flavor of this more than I expected, but it is another one that will get bitter if over-steeped (again, though, re-steeping is recommended). This one is good to have after lunch if you’ve had something with onions or garlic and don’t have the opportunity to brush your teeth. (I find that I can say that about a lot of green teas, though.)

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Midnight Herbal PackedSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Midnight Herbal UnpackedSimple Loose Leaf December 2018 - Midnight Herbal In Cup

Midnight Herbal – Buy 2 oz for $8

Well, this is probably the prettiest tea to look at this month, with the lavender flowers and rose petals. I was a little sad to see lemongrass, as I just am not a fan of lemongrass at all and it seems to be very trendy lately (in tea and in beauty products). If you steep this for the recommended time and don’t go over, though, the lemongrass isn’t too prominent. There is a warning on the product page that this may need to be sweetened with honey, but I didn’t think so. (Your mileage may vary.)

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. Since some of the teas can be re-steeped, you are getting even more cups out of the package. These are often exclusive blends and/or hard-to-find cultivars, often not available in retail packaging at these small sample sizes, and it’s a great way to try some new blends before committing to a full-size purchase. As usual, I was a fan of most this month’s selections. I may not be very original, but I think the Hathikuli Black was my favorite.

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 January’s.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code 3B1TEA to save 33% off your first month!

Value Breakdown: At $11.99 per month, you are paying about $3 per tea.

Check out all of our Simple Loose Leaf Team Box reviews and the Drinks Subscription Box List for more tea subscription boxes!

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Written by 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).

Posted in Simple Loose Leaf Tea Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: simple loose leaf tea | 1 comment

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  1. I do believe this review just sold me on this sub… I sub to dollar tea club, which I LOVE! Hen I’m not a huge fan of one of the teas I start playing mad scientist and mix a little in with a straight black tea or another tea. I am also a huge fan of straight black teas 😬

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