It’s Tea Time: April 2020

Hi there!

Today, I’m talking about tea!  I’ve really liked the Sips By boxes, and I feel like each box is getting better and better.  I’m just talking about the April Box today, but I have a lot of tea I want to talk about, and I think I’m going to save those for another time.

Pictured above is the box I got.  I do love that they include tea bags for the loose leaf tea, and that they have a card about each tea that they send.

Pear White Tea from Revolution Tea: I really like this tea!  I, unfortunately, could not taste any pear, and I definitely need to drink another cup or two to see if I can taste the pear.

Tootie Fruity from Tea Please: I really liked this one too!  It tasted just as fruity as it smelled.  That was nice, because sometimes, I feel like a tea will smell great, but you can’t taste any of the awesome…smells?  I’m not sure how else to put it, honestly, but I hope it makes sense.

Dark Chocolate Cookie from Cookie Tea:  I really liked this one as well.  I loved the smell and taste of the chocolate, but I didn’t get the cookie aspect of it.  Unless it’s just a naming thing, and not a taste thing.  Either way, it was really good!

Cinnamon Rose Black Tea From Miss Tea:  I liked this one.  I loved the smell of cinnamon wafting from my mug, and I liked the taste, though the taste of rose wasn’t my favorite.  And I couldn’t taste the cinnamon, which was sad, because it smelled really good.  There was a weird aftertaste, and I think it was because of the rose flavor.  It’s not my favorite one of the box

Overall: I really liked this box, and this was not hit and miss like the other boxes!  February and March were definitely mixed, but with this box, things were more consistent in terms of how I felt about it.  I would definitely get most of them again, but probably not the Cinnamon Rose Black Tea.

That actually wraps it up for today.  I know it’s a short one, but there will be more tea talk soon.

Have a great day,

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,

It’s Tea Time!

Hello sunshines!

I’ve been on a tea kick lately, and wanted to share some of the tea I’ve been drinking.  I’m a pretty new subscriber to Sips By, and I’ve been drinking more tea because of it.  I usually drink tea in phases- sometimes I go periods of time not drinking it, and sometimes, all I want to drink is tea.  I really want to drink it more regularly, so I’m glad I get to try a lot of different teas I wouldn’t have heard about (or tried) otherwise.

Each box comes with 4 different kinds of tea- each box makes around 15 cups.  It’s actually a great amount because you get a really good sense of each tea.  I also love that they include tea bags if you get loose leaf tea in your box.  Plus, each box comes with 4 different teas that make around 15 cups of tea.

The subscription is a lot more personalized than some of the themed boxes you can buy.  The quiz is a great idea, because the tea is more personalized to what you like or want to try.  You’re able to rate the teas individually, and the box as a whole, so the idea is that as you rate teas and boxes, your box is more personalized to your preferences.  That’s what I’m getting from it.

They also have themed boxes- they had a few for Valentine’s Day, and there was a New Year’s box.  Today, I’m going to be talking about the New Year’s Resolution box and my first personalized box from them.  I do have a couple of their Valentine’s Day themed boxes, so I’ll be talking about those at some point.

And this post is not at all sponsored or anything.  I just really wanted to talk about it!

The first box I’m talking about today is the Resolutions Tea Box.

Overall, I wasn’t a big fan of this box.  This was my first introduction to them, and initially, I wasn’t sure about getting the subscription box.  It was a great way to dip my toes into the tea subscription box world, and since I ended up getting the subscription box, the Resolutions box obviously didn’t deter me from getting it.

  • Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night Valerian was the first tea I tried.  I liked it, and it has a pretty pleasant taste.  It does taste a little bit medicinal and earthy but I didn’t find it off-putting.  If you like the Yogi brand of teas, you’d probably like this one.
  • Next up was the Tipson Tea Tumeric And Passionfruit Matcha.  I didn’t like this one at all.  I was expecting a lot more flavor from it, and I felt like there wasn’t any.
  • This box also had Snarky Tea Detox, which I didn’t like.  I just didn’t like the flavor, which was both very herb-y and minimal at the same time.
  • The last one that was included was Miracle Tree’s Chai Moringa Energy Infusion.  It was okay.  I liked the spices but I felt like that was all I could taste.  I’m only used to coffee shop chai lattes, so that might be affecting my impression of plain chai.  In comparison to the Chico Chai tea I’ll talk about later, I’d definitely go with Chai Moringa tea.

The first personalized box I got from them was in February.

I have pretty mixed feelings about this box.  I really liked two of the teas, but didn’t like the other two.  Overall, I liked this box more than the Resolutions Box, and I think it’s because the subscription boxes are more personalized than the themed boxes.

  • The Cinnamon Orange Tea from Savoy Tea Co was really good!  It’s like red hots but in tea form, and it smelled just as good as it tasted!  I’m finding that I hate it when a tea smells really good but then it tastes like nothing.
  • I also really liked Queen Of Tarts by DavidsTea.  It’s tart but fruity and really good!
  • I wasn’t a fan of Tea Kitten’s Minty Mojito Mate.  It smelled like lime when I opened the bag but I couldn’t taste the lime once the tea was brewed.  I could barely taste the mint in it, so I was a little disappointed.  I also didn’t like that the tea was not in a resealable bag, so I end up keeping it in a ziploc bag while I finished it.
  • I also wasn’t a fan of the Chico Chai Original Chai.  I didn’t like the taste of it, but I also might be way too used to chai lattes from Starbucks, and not at all used to regular chai.  It’s hard to tell if it’s this particular tea or just chai on its own.  I did prefer the Chai Moringa tea over this one, because I felt like the flavor was stronger.  I don’t know if the milk diluted the flavor at all, but I wasn’t a fan.  Like the Minty Mojito Mate, it didn’t come in a resealable bag, so this was another tea I had to keep in a ziploc bag.

The packaging for the Minty Mojito and the Chico Chai was a little strange to me.  Pretty much every loose tea I’ve purchased have come in resealable bags or some sort of container, but there’s nothing I can really do about the packaging.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s a sample, or if that’s how it’s typically packaged, but I wasn’t a fan of it.

Overall, here’s what I think.

The small amount you get is great.  You get an overall sense of each tea, but if I don’t like a particular tea, it’s something I could easily finish or give to someone I know will like it.  It’s also enough tea if I’m on the fence or if I really like something and want drink more of it.  I like how personalized it is, and also how each box comes with tea bags for loose leaf tea and instructions on how to make one.

I’m pretty excited about this subscription, and I’m looking forward to see what teas I get every month.

Happy drinking,