Review: Monstrositea Box 9, October 2014

Here is a review on the teas I received in October – Box 9 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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Pebble tea! A tea that you can brew up to five times and see the leaves unfurl a little more each time. This has a light earthy taste – not as harsh as some oolongs can be. It’s very mild in fact – good for drinking all day. It also feels quite cleansing. I love the idea of the pebbles! It’s certainly become a talking point at work – everyone wants to try some, and it’s easy as the tea stretches so far and everyone can re-use a few pebbles!

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I love a good matcha and this is excellent! A fuzzy blend of bright green tea from a silky soft powder. Green tea is slightly bitter and goes so well with wagashi (I usually have namagashi) – I wish I had some! The colour of this one was deeper than I’m used to and the flavour was deep and refreshing. I only wish I had some more! Easily my favourite in this box.

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Isn’t this a lovely idea, such pretty tea! I’d love to see images of this through the process. It’s another light tea that’s refreshing and easy to drink all day – I would probably brew it for a little longer than two minutes, but that’s just me – I like a strong tea. The scent has an edge of a kind of spice to it and some kind of familiar aftertaste that’s reassuring. Such a lovely tea!

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This one came with many different serving options which is quite fun! I took the half and half option which gives the light scent of roses and a deep, mellow taste. Slightly bitter in a refreshing way (or maybe I over brewed), this is a very tasty tea! I can’t wait to try it with a bit of peppermint – I think it would suit this one hands down.

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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.

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

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