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).
DEAL: Save 20% on your first monthly box! Use coupon code HELLO20.
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!
Everything in my box!
I Love Tea Vinyl Sticker from Cheery Human Studios ($3.75) What a cheery sticker, and I certainly do love tea! It’s pretty big, bigger than the palm of my hand.
McCrea’s Caramels Black Lava Sea Salt ($4.82) I’ve received this brand in other boxes, but I think this flavor is new to me.
There were 5 individually wrapped caramels in the pillow pack.
I let these slowly melt in my mouth. At first they were mostly sweet, buttery caramel but then the salt made a nice contrast. So yummy!
Cloister Honey Straws in Lemon ($6) Pure, raw honey is infused with lemon natural flavor.
There were 12 straws in the box and they are great to pop in a lunch bag to pour into your tea. Or you can use it in salad dressing, pour over yogurt, or drizzle over cheese. I just trim one end and then suck it out of the straw as is.
Flower Pot Tea Company Bright Chrysanthemum Blooming Floral Tisane ($8.99) Wow, this is so beautiful! You place a flower in a tea-pot, pour hot water over the top, and then watch it bloom. (Note: this one didn’t actually bloom.)
The only ingredient is chrysanthemum flowers. They have listed this as a tisane, which is the correct term for an herbal tea without any actual tea leaves. The instructions say to add 4-5 blooms to a clean teapot and fill with a quart of hot water. Each bloom makes four cups and can be steeped 3 times. I used one flower and 1 cup of boiling water. I couldn’t really see any change, and it tasted like hot water. Hmm, I may need to use more flowers next time. There are benefits to drinking chrysanthemum tea but I’m not sure if I received any this time around. You may re-steep the flowers several times.
Flower Pot Tea Company Powerful Pomegranate ($8.99) Now this was a proper blooming tea!
White tea is sewn around flowers and the ball remains closed until you pour hot water over the top. It has been steamed with fruit juice to infuse the ball with flavor. The instructions said to place in a tea-pot and steep with hot water, although sizes and amounts were not mentioned. I don’t own a tea-pot so I placed it in my glass French press (which I received in a Tea Box Express box last year!) so I could watch it unfurl. I used around 1 1/2 cups of water just under the boil, since I didn’t want bitter tea.
It was so cool to watch! I think a clear glass mug would work for this tea. You can resteep it a couple of times or place the bloom in a clear glass with cold water as an interesting centerpiece – it will keep a few days. The flavor was very light and fruity, and the scent was slightly floral. I was surprised by how much I liked this tea!
Tea Box Express always sends an interesting assortment of teas and items and I have discovered lots of fun flavors, both in teas or in whatever tasty treat was sent. The sticker was cute and the caramels were delicious, as was the honey. I think the marigold tea was just ok but I really enjoyed the blooming flower tea!
What do you think of Tea Box Express? I’d love to know your thoughts about this box!