Here is a review on the teas I received in Box 6 of Monstrositea‘s subscription tea service.
To see previous posts in this series, please see following:
- Box 1 – January 2014
- Box 2 – February 2014
- Box 3 – March 2014
- Box 4 – April 2014
- Box 5 – May/June 2014
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.
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°
As I’m currently recovering after minor surgery this was the first tea I reached for out of the box! A tea which has everything in it, you can feel it doing you good as you sip. Multiple distinctive flavours that have the perfect balance we know we can rely on from @monstrositea‘s choices. Another instant favourite.
Keemun (or Qimen) is a black tea from Anhui, China. Often served with milk which I’ve skipped, this is a smooth, delicate tea that has a depth of flavour without being the slightest bit overwhelming. I’ve found another favourite tea, and I’m starting to despair slightly at where I’m going to store them all. This is a very, VERY good straight and simple black tea.
A smoky taste that smells twiggy and light. This has an even lighter taste than most of these teas we’re sampling. It seems to have a deeper taste at first sip that mellows out as you drink it down. Quite lovely (but I slightly prefer the Keemun!)
3 second green tea – all natural, 90% tea, 10% natural fruit and nothing else. Directions say to use 300-500ml water and I went with a bit less, so what a flavour hit! A very clean flavour and utterly smashing cold on a hot day. Very lovely indeed! The green apple flavour was easily my favourite, and I loved how strong the smell was – just having a cup nearby is enough to perk you up almost.
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. I’ve also just signed up to another monthly subscription service – for Japanese snacks! It should start arriving some time in August and I can’t wait to start reviewing that one, too.
Interested? Here’s the link to them again! Monstrositea!