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 until canceled (or choose the gift, which doesn’t renew).
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Everything in my box!
There isn’t a product info card in this box, but there is some info on how to share your box pictures on social media for a chance to win a free box!
Cynla Cards ($4) sent a very sweet note card. The illustration is delightful and it is blank inside so you can send it to someone as a thank you or “just because” card.
Even the back of the card is pretty! It comes with a kraft paper envelope and is around 4″x 5″. I couldn’t find this one in the Etsy shop, only in bulk, but there are tons of other adorable cards to choose from.
Valentine’s Tea Infuser ($9.95) Every once in a while Tea Box Express will send a cute tea infuser.
How appropriate is this one for the month of February? The red “jewel” hangs over the outside of the cup to make it easier to fish out the infuser when the timer goes off. I think I would limit the amount of tea to 1 teaspoon to allow the tea leaves to expand inside the infuser.
A Couple Of Squares Inc. Heart Pair Sugar Cookies ($5?) Aren’t these adorable? You can’t really order these online but they may be available at your local Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, or Macy’s.
So cute! I gave one to my husband and one to my daughter and they seemed to like them just fine.
Chocolat Moderne Avant-Garde Bars In Berries And Lavender ($9) I was extremely happy to see a bar from Chocolat Moderne in this box! I’ve tried several bars from them before and with the exception of the one with Kalamata olives in it, they have been extraordinarily good.
Smooth dark chocolate hides a surprising middle – caramel flavored with strawberries, raspberries, and lavender! It also looks like a work of art, with Jackson Pollock-esque color blobs. Each of the 9 squares are like their own little candy bar.
Story Of My Tea In I’m a Gypsy ($3) I received two different teas in this month’s box, both from Texas-based Story of My Tea (they also have their own subscription box!). I’m a Gypsy is an herbal tea, which I enjoy drinking in the evenings while watching TV or blogging.
So pretty! Hibiscus, peppermint, licorice, lavender, and chamomile are the ingredients and after steeping it was a very pretty red shade and was tart, thanks to the hibiscus. I added sugar and went along my merry way.
Story Of My Tea In Dark Rose ($5) I am a black tea fan and love to try new varieties and blends.
Dark Rose is made with black tea and rose petals, and comes in a mini heart-shaped cake. I placed this in a French Press, which is made of clear glass, so I could watch it “bloom” in the hot water. I used 12 ounces of water for steeping and the flavor was mild and indeed rose-flavored, but not in such a way that it made me queasy, as some rose-scented products do.
Story of My Tea does a good job of putting steeping instructions on the package and lets you know how much water to use, what temperature the water should be, steeping time, and amount of tea to use.
The front of the packages let you quickly see the type of tea enclosed, the amount of caffeine, and the country of origin.
The February Tea Box Express was one of my most favorite boxes yet! I thought the curation was spot on for February, I enjoyed trying a new-to-me brand of tea, and the snacks and accessories rounded out the experience nicely. I especially adored the Chocolat Moderne, which is one of my favorite brands of chocolate. I found this box to have a value of around $36, just over the cost of the box plus shipping. That’s pretty good for a tea box!
What do you think of Tea Box Express? I’d love to know your thoughts about this box!