Review: Monstrositea Box 4, April 2014

Here is a review on the teas I received in Box 4 of Monstrositea‘s subscription tea service.

To see previous posts in this series, please see following:

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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Healthy dark chocolate tea! Made with milk as we lacked cream. Doesn’t really taste not smell of chocolate, but has a good full flavour that both light, refreshing and interesting. This is a go-to tea when you need a pickup at work but want to be healthy and easy. Not my favourite, but really quite decent.

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Ti Kuan Yin goes perfectly with a plate of spicy garlicky kangkong! Very refreshing – though in a different way than peppermint does. This is a lighter refreshing taste without a huge flavour hit. Mild yet determined, this is a good all-day working tea as you can just continue adding hot water to your cup.

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 Marsala Chai – you really get the spices, and it tastes like Christmas! I love a good chai and now I can make it myself at home – previously I’ve basically had to go to Melbourne to get a good chai! Very nice blend of tastes and not one spice overcomes another. Very easy to make yourself!

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The lemon balm in this is delicious – the scent and sharp, light taste is simply lovely. I tried it first to taste it clean, then added some lemon and honey as directed and found it even smoother. This would also be great for when you feel a sore throat coming on!

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Mini pur-eh cake from Yunnan, China. Smells earthy and musty, tastes warm and robust. This is a tea for middle afternoon, perhaps with cheese and biscuits – the taste would be strong enough to combat the cheese for sure, in the best of ways. I love strong teas! This has a smooth taste with a depth of flavour but it’s not overwhelming. The smell reminds me of something I just can’t seem to place, it’s driving me crazy!

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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

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