It’s Tea Time: March 2020

I didn’t think I’d be writing this post so soon, but I’ve been drinking copious amounts of tea (and coffee, of course) the last couple of weeks.  So much has changed, and tea has been really soothing, especially right before I go to bed.  I just really need something to distract from everything going on right now.

Today, I have three boxes of tea I want to talk about, so let’s get started!

I’m going to start off by talking about my March 2020 Sips by Box. 

I’m actually impressed that I remembered to take a picture of it, which you can see below.

 

I also love that they include a sheet about each tea, complete with how to brew each one.  It makes it feel more personalized, like it’s just for me.  In a way, it is, but it’s a really nice touch.

Here’s what I thought of the teas:

Harney And Sons Paris: I liked this one.  It’s branded as a flavored black tea, but what the flavor is, I’m not completely sure.  As a plain black tea, it was great, but as a flavored black tea, it was not that great.  Personally, no flavor came through the whole cup.  Maybe I need to make another cup to see if any flavor does come through.  It could be just a fluke.

Love Some Tea’s Dark Coconut: I really liked it!  I was slightly disappointed I could smell the coconut but not taste it.  It still tasted really good, don’t get me wrong.  I just wish it tasted a little more like coconut.

Soul Mate Yerba Co’s Apple Organic Yerba Mate Blend: I liked this one but not as much as the mocha blend I tried in one of their Valentine’s day boxes.  I haven’t talked about those boxes, so I was excited to see their apple blend.  There are supposed to be hints of cinnamon and apple, but I couldn’t taste them.  The tea is good, and the best way to describe it is bright.  I like how this tea tastes, but I wish the apple cinnamon flavor came through.

Smith Teamaker’s Red Nectar: I really liked this tea.  It was a little sweet but not too sweet, and it was really pleasant.  It tasted a little bit like honey to me, but I can’t figure out why.

Overall Thoughts: I really liked this box.  In comparison to my first box, I liked all of the teas, and would consider purchasing all 4 teas on my own.  Since my first tea time post, I have rated all of the teas from all 3 themed boxes and my first subscription box…I don’t know if that had something to do with it, or I just got lucky, but hopefully, I’ll continue to get boxes like this one.

Speaking of themed boxes, I’m going to share what I thought of the two Valentine’s Day boxes I got.

First is the Galentine’s Tea Party Box.

Teeccino’s Chocolate Raspberry: This tea was okay.  It smelled really good, and I could taste the chocolate raspberry.  It just didn’t taste as good as it smelled.

Soul Mate Yerba Co’s Mocha Organic Yerba Mate Blend: I really liked it!  The taste reminded me of black tea, so if you like black tea, I think you’ll like this one.  This tea is why I was so excited to try their Apple blend.

Tealightful’s Chocolate Chai: I liked this tea.  There were hints of chocolate, but I couldn’t anything remotely like Chai.  I’m still not sure what I think about Chai, but as a regular tea, this was pretty good.

Loose Leaf Women Cupidtea’s Somebody Loves Me Tea: This tea was another okay tea.  It didn’t taste as good as it smelled- which seems to be a common theme for me- and I thought it would taste a lot fruitier than it actually did.

Overall Thoughts: This box was a mixed bag.  I didn’t hate anything, but I didn’t love anything either.

The other Valentine’s Day box is the Love Potions Tea Box.

Organic India Tulsi Ashuagandha: I’m not sure how I feel about this tea.  It was pleasant and comforting, but I’m not sure if I liked it.  At the very least, it was okay, but…I just don’t know what to think.

Mi Cacao’s Cacao Tea: I did not like this tea at all.  Honest to god, it tasted like water with dissolved cocoa powder in it.  This is the only cup of tea that I dumped out after a few sips.  It’s definitely not for me.

Aesthete’s Love Potion: Yet another okay tea.  I did finish the tea I had but I don’t think I’d buy it on my own.

Tea Drops Chocolate Earl Grey: I really liked this tea!  I was not sure about this tea at first, because the tea comes in a cube that dissolves in hot water.  You do end up with a lot of sediment at the bottom, but it was completely drinkable, and it eliminates the need for a tea bag/infuser.  The chocolate came through and it was a pretty balanced tea.

Overall Thoughts: I wasn’t in love with this box, but the Chocolate Early was worth it!

Here’s the thing, though.

I don’t know that I would buy one of their seasonal/themed boxes.  They have mostly been misses for me, though I’ve really liked one tea in the boxes I’ve tried.  For the most part, though, the teas have been okay (for me) or teas that I haven’t liked.  I’m curious to see what other seasonal boxes they have, though I’m definitely a lot more cautious when it comes to purchasing them.

It’s not to say that they’re bad, because they’re not.  I actually love the idea of boxes around a certain theme or time of year.  I, personally, haven’t like a lot of the teas included in said boxes, so I think it’s a preference thing.  And I have learned a little bit more about what I like or don’t like tea wise.

I’ll definitely be drinking a lot more tea in the days to come.  I have quite a bit of tea, so I’ll definitely be talking about what I’m drinking.

Stay safe out there,

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