Tea Box Express is a monthly subscription box containing a brand-name whole-leaf tea (either loose leaf or in a pyramid bag) plus 3-4 other tea related items, which may include infusers, measuring spoons, or food items like chocolate or cookies. It costs $25.50 for a monthly box, plus $6.49 for shipping. They offer 1, 3, or 6 month terms and each will automatically renew (or choose the gift option, which doesn’t renew). Save 20% on your first monthly box! Use coupon code HELLO20.
This was my first Tea Box Express and I was super impressed with the presentation. I received my items in a sturdy cardboard box and everything was cushioned with shredded paper and bubble wrap (I recycle bubble wrap to use with my preschool students so this is a bonus!). Tea Box Express aims to “deliver a tea party to your door every month”.
There was a card inside that gave info on how to share your box on social media for a chance to win a free box. It also listed the website address where you can get more information on your box.
I also received a personalized letter that listed the products in my box.
I love black tea and have been drinking it since I was very young. Oliver Pluff & Co. Blackberry Black Tea Blend ($12.95) transported me back to high school when I used to drink one that smelled exactly like this. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of the loose leaf tea and steeped for 5 minutes which resulted in a light taste that was not bitter at all. I also used it to make iced tea and it had a great fruity flavor.
I like the fact that Oliver Pluff & Co. lists the brewing instructions on the can. The packaging is beautiful. I may have to leave this on my counter since it looks so fancy.
Too bad computers don’t have Smell-O-Vision because this stuff smells heavenly!
Next up was Oliver Pluff & Co. Cacao Mint Tea ($10), which is made with just two ingredients, cacao shells and peppermint. Cacao shells contain theobromine, a mild stimulant that is distantly related to caffeine. I added a little sugar to offset the mild bitterness of this unique infusion.
My regular fine mesh strainer wasn’t fine enough to keep all of the particles out of my finished drink so I would suggest using a disposable tea filter bag or coffee filter to keep your finished brew from looking murky.
Maybe I should have used the Fox Run Brands Mesh Infuser ($7.71) to brew the cacao tea but it hadn’t been washed yet. I usually use tea bags rather than loose leaf tea so I am happy to finally have an infuser in my house. This is a very practical and appropriate item for a tea subscription box.
I loved these Grey Ghost Bakery Cookies! Almond Toffee was sweet and buttery. Molasses Spice had pieces of crystallized ginger inside. My favorite was Chocolate Cayenne. I mistakenly thought this would taste like chili or something but it tasted like a brownie, and then just a moment after you swallow you get some heat in your mouth from the cayenne. Amazing! Each bag contained two soft, chewy cookies. ($2 value each)
My July Tea Box Express was a winner! This box was thoughtfully curated, I love that the black tea is summerific and perfect for iced tea, and the other items rounded out the box nicely. This would make a lovely gift for someone special since the presentation was beautiful and I felt like I had received a very upscale box. The July box had a value of $36.66, which is higher than the price of the box plus shipping. The whole experience was impressive.
The Description: Tea Box Express is a monthly box of tea and accessories. Each box contains quality brand-name loose leaf tea and three or four fun “tea-things” to enjoy with your tea.
The Price: $25.50 per month