Review: Monstrositea Box 5, May/June 2014

Here is a review on the teas I received in Box 5 of Monstrositea‘s subscription tea service. This box is labelled May/June as they changed the month it would be titled as, so it would have been May in their old system and I just couldn’t bare to have no ‘May’ listed in my index!

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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New packaging!

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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Now – up front, I’m not a fan of lavender anything, so I assumed I wouldn’t really like this one… Only to be surprised! It won’t be one of my favourites, but while the scent is strong and pleasant, the taste isn’t overwhelming – it’s simply a light, refreshing and really feels like it’s doing you good. It’s a tea to drink when you miss summer, or want something that tastes clean and fresh to help you feel better.

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Beautiful lemongrass and ginger tea – no caffeine, just a tea perfect hot or cold. This has a firm yet delicate touch, perfect for a hot day or when you have a tickle in your throat. Another one of my favourite teas for sure! Though I did let my mother try it, and she found it a little strong and said it was only something she would take if she felt she needed it for a cold or upset stomach. Psh. It’s amazing. Can’t wait to try it cold!

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You can really smell and taste the mirabelle plum, and it’s delightful! A light but warm tea, this goes down easily and leaves you begging for more, so it’s a wonderful thing you can re-use the leaves. This is a very smooth tea, and really is very lovely with a jam and cream long doughnut roll! This is probably my favourite tea since the strawberry and vanilla matcha or the She-Tea Booze Hound!

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Such a lovely tea! Just a light black tea with a sweet note of vanilla. Another tea that’s perfect for work and an instant favourite. The vanilla is more of a scent and very slight taste – it certainly doesn’t overpower anything. This is a simple tea suitable for anytime of the day, best matched with a biscuit or some fruit. This is a tea for a broad range of people with different tastes.

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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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