Sips by Tea Sample Box April 2017 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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Sips By is a new tea discovery subscription box based in Austin, Texas. You fill out a survey of the types of tea you like and they send you four different varieties from different tea brands to try out, enough for 15 cups, or 45 if you like to re-steep your leaves. This subscription is $15 a month.

DEAL: Get 10% off your first monthly box! Use coupon code TEALOVER.

The survey asks what types of tea you like, how you like to prepare your tea, do you prefer tea bags or loose leaf, and so on. You can also choose “all” as your answer if you’re really adventurous. For flavors, I chose fruit flavored, floral scented, and smoke scented.

For the types of tea, I chose herbal, black, chai, and oolong. Black is my favorite type of tea, matcha is my least favorite. I think I picked chai on accident, or maybe I picked it for my daughter, who likes chai tea lattes. You can also pick your caffeine level. I picked 4; 5 was the highest. Now I just had to sit back and wait for my tea to show up.

I found a product information card inside my box. The owner, Staci, shared with me her reason for starting this subscription:

Our goal is to take the leg-work out of all the time and wasted money that goes into a tea-curious person or tea lover discovering teas they’ll love!

I’ve held back from ordering or buying teas that I am unfamiliar with due to the minimum orders required and being unsure of the quality of new-to-me brands. I tend to stick to my usual suspects but sometimes I like to try something new and this subscription is a great way to find new likes.

I loved the info on my card! It gave the tea name, amount of tea and water to use, water temperature, steeping time, and serving suggestions. They also had coupon codes so I can stock up on my favorites. Nice!

I was impressed with the sizes of the samples this month! Also, I was really looking forward to trying all of the teas in my box!

Sips By included a reusable muslin tea bag (I found a similar one here) filled with 10 disposable tea bags! I have two different tea steepers, a French press and a Teavana PerfectTea, so I don’t have a need for these items but I love that Sips By thought of everything! These are the coolest tea bags I have ever seen; they have a drawstring to close them securely! You can find them here.

Harney & Sons Darjeeling Blend Darjeeling is one of my favorites and this one was no exception.

Both first flush and autumnal leaves are in this blend. It had a mild, floral flavor and just a bit of tannin and was the perfect mid-day pick me up.

West China Tea Company Rain Butter Loose 2009 I was introduced to pu-erh tea this past year and look forward to finding it in boxes so I was excited to see this post-fermented tea that is 7 years old! Pu-erh, or pu’er, can come in brick or loose form. This loose form is supposed to have a buttery mouth feel and smell the way the air smells when it begins to rain, hence the “rain butter” name.

Look at those tea leaves! They are very dark and had a bit of a musty scent. Once steeped it had a smokey, smooth flavor profile and no bitterness at all. I rarely drink tea without sugar but none was needed.

Higher Tea Raspberry & Rosehip Tea I love to sit back and relax with a cup of herbal tea in the evenings and this caffeine-free blend of spearmint, lemongrass, orange peel, peppermint, rose-hips, raspberries, and cinnamon hit the spot. 

It had a light lemon mint flavor and pale color. Plus, this bag will last for months!

Pukka Three Tulsi is a new-to-me tea type that features three different versions of tulsi, or “holy basil” as it is called in India. It’s caffeine-free and has a host of health-boosting properties and is considered an adaptogen (stress-fighter). It is very important in Ayurvedic practices, too. I thought it had an herby, spicy flavor and didn’t need any sugar. This is the closest thing to black tea in herbal form that I have ever tried!

I rated my teas online to see if that will help with future shipments, although this box was really spot-on!

Overall, I was super impressed with my Sips By experience and look forward to seeing what I might discover in future boxes! I loved trying my new teas and was happy to have a new herbal to drink in the evening, while the caffeinated ones will help get my day started in a delightful way. The presentation of this box is nice and the product information card is very detailed. I like that I can try new teas without having to commit to full sized packages and I saved money by NOT having to pay for shipping from several different companies (Sips By took care of all of that!).

What do you think of Sips By? Let me know in the comments along with your favorite type of tea!

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