Review: Monstrositea Box 3, March 2014

To continue the trend I started in January, and then continued in February, here is a review on the teas I received in Box 3 of Monstrositea‘s subscription 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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Traditionally served with milk and sugar but I went with unaccompanied. A caffeine-free tea, this is a rich and earthy scent with a hint of sweetness from the vanilla. It tastes smooth and velvety and is excellent for dessert. Really quite lovely!

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 Can be enjoyed both as a straight black tea, or with a dash of milk and touch if sugar. I went with the milk and sugar idea as I’d already measured out a teaspoon – oops.

This has such a strong, sweet aroma! I was a little worried it would be a very sweet tea, but it has a light taste. The almond oil makes it very smooth, and I could easily see myself drinking this as my go-to black tea. Probably without the sugar and milk next time – an easy, sweet black tea.

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 Ahh, the one I’ve been waiting for! A surprisingly toasty rather than sweet scent. The taste is complex and layered, a surprising hit of a few flavours at once. It’s not sweet at all, in a good way. It tastes of reading books in front of a fire with roasted marshmallows, and makes you want to drink about five cups while then trying to write part of a novel and then throwing it all into the fire in despair. Then drink more tea. This tea is amazing.

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Such a light, refreshing, herby scent before you even sip it! Bragged to strengthen the immune system (I need a ton of this then!), as well as reduce stress and improve mental clarity, this tea has a lot to live up to. And it succeeds! A light touch that has a stronger aftertaste – in a good way. It’s not overpowering, it just seals off the flavour firmly. You could chug this down like an iced tea. I can only imagine what this would be like blended with peppermint – or, actually, that’s what I’ll be trying tomorrow.

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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.

For my review on Box Two February teas, please click here.

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