True story: I love tea. Sometimes I get into a "tea rut" though... I end up reaching for the same blend so often that I end up getting super-duper bored with it. Thankfully, there are options other than weeping from despair (or caffeine withdrawal headaches)—subscription services like Tea Sparrow exist to help folks get out of their tea ruts and discover new blends to love. Speaking of loving things, I loved three out of the four teas that came in the Tea Sparrow box I'll be unboxing today—can you guess which ones based off the pictures?
FYI, the box I'll be showing you this time is actually April's lineup. It was shipped around the end of April, but it didn't get to me until the middle of May. (Insert fist shake at the post office.)
Unfamiliar with Tea Sparrow? Here's what you need to know:
- Tea Sparrow is a monthly subscription service for sampling unique loose tea blends. It costs $20 CAD per month, which includes shipping to Canada and the United States.
- Each box comes with four different tea samples from different tea blenders to try, all of which are roughly 1oz each. That's enough to brew about 35 cups or so.
- You can pause/restart your subscription at any time if need be.
- Gift subscriptions are available too—prices vary depending on the length of the subscrioption. More info here.
Each tea comes in its own resealable bag with brewing instructions printed on the label. There was also a little info card in the box this time:
The back of the card also had some general brewing tips (like for example, to pay attention to the ratios and brewing times indicated on the labels—it does make a difference!)
Blood Orange Smoothie (The Tea Spot):
A caffeine-free blend of rooibos, orange peel, floral components and vanilla. This tea has a bright and cheerful taste that still tastes sort of sweet and creamy thanks to the vanilla and rooibos... personally I think it works OK with milk, but even just a touch of agave syrup or honey really enhances the flavor. Both Stan and I liked this one a lot!
Organic Cheery Fruit Tea (Sonnentor):
Another non-caffeinated, fruity blend with rooibos. Look at those massive chunks of dried fruit! I think this actually has sort of a similar flavor profile to the Blood Orange Smoothie tea, except less smooth and creamy. This wasn't my personal favorite from the box, but I didn't find it revolting or anything. (It doesn't help that I'm a total caffeine addict either, y'know?)
Chocolate Blueberry Organic Black Tea (Thay Tea):
This stuff is good. (No lie, I'm checking prices to buy more right now.) The taste is so sweet and creamy... I wasn't sure if the acidity of the blueberries would be too tart in this blend, but it's perfect. Add a little bit of sweetener and a splash of milk and it's like drinking dessert. Mmm, caffeinated dessert.
Clouds and Mist (The Tea Spot):
This tea came with a supplemental leaflet:
The cheapskate in me sure does love tea that can be brewed for multiple infusions. In any case, this is a really lovely, soft-tasting green tea—it's not too "sharp" or bitter. It is smoky, but in a subtle way. I think it would make an excellent everyday green tea, if you're into that sort of thing.
This is my second time trying Tea Sparrow, and I'm even more impressed with this lineup than the first one. I think they do a good job of selecting blends that are comforting and accessible while still being sort of unique. The blueberry black tea is a perfect example—I've tried other black tea blends with blueberry in, but the Thay Tea one is really a cut above. (I may have already brewed it all... sigh.)
In any case, I think Tea Sparrow is a great way for tea lovers to try new things, particularly if you're in the United States. ($20 CAD = about $16 USD right now. Just saying.) If you like what you see, you can sign up here.
What do you think of Tea Sparrow? Which of these blends would you have tried first?
Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.