Review: Monstrositea Box 2, February 2014

To continue the trend I set last month, here is a review on the teas I received in Box 2 of Monstrositea‘s subcription tea service.

Australian-based Monstrositea promise ‘4-5 different teas for you to try with enough of each to have approximately 3 cups (or one good sized tea pot). All loose leaf (except in exceptional circumstances)’ and offer a variety of different subscription terms whether you want a once off, 6 or 12 month, or bimonthly subscription.

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They state on their website: ‘A Monstrositea subscription will take you on tea adventures all around Australia and the world. Try new styles, blends, origins, and techniques that you may have never come across before. No boring tea around here!’

The tea arrives in a nifty little box with nice packaging, and decent instructions to help you along your way. Though the directions on what temperature to boil the water to are specific, it doesn’t mean you have to have a fancy kettle that allows you to pick the exact degree – they also tell you how long to leave your kettle for after it’s boiled for the teas that need to be at 70°

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Though this is mostly flowers, it doesn’t smell overly of any particular scent. You can really taste the rose. A nice, mellow, smooth distinctive tea that has a warm everything about it. I’m surprised by how non-sweet this is. Possibly the prettiest tea I’ve seen yet.

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Sencha! Instructions say to start with four lone needles. It also says to try it blended with peppermint which I’ll try next! This has a lovely fresh scent and a bright taste of citrus annnd something I faintly remember that drove me crazy trying to remember! Lemongrass? I don’t know! But I love it and can’t wait to make a tea of this and peppermint and ginger.

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I tried this one first as Rissy wanted to know my thoughts on it straight away. We followed directions and it gave me enough time to carefully pick a good range of the leaves from the sample bag.

I really enjoyed the scent as it brewed. This has a simple, uncomplicated taste. It doesn’t taste overly of orange, apricot or vanilla but comes together in an overall flavour that hints at but isn’t sweet either.

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The strongest scent and flavour from this tea surprisingly is the lemon myrtle, though it remains a light touch and feels clean to drink – light and clean, especially good when recovering from a cold. Reminds me slightly of lemsip drinks with a more ‘everyday’ cuppa ability. Woke me up a bit and felt good straight after dinner.

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They have a great presence on Facebook and instagram, and update their twitter whenever they update their facebook, as well as answer any questions posed to them there. I’ve asked them one of two questions and they got back to me within a few hours, if not sooner.

This one comes highly recommended from me. Hopefully next month I’ll do another review post of their teas :)

Interested? Here’s the link to them again! Monstrositea

For my review on Box One January teas, please click here.

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