Here is a review on the teas I received in Box 7 of Monstrositea‘s subscription tea service.
To see previous posts in this series, please see following:
- Box 1 – January 2014
- Box 2 – February 2014
- Box 3 – March 2014
- Box 4 – April 2014
- Box 5 – May/June 2014
- Box 6 – July 2014
Australian-based Monstrositea promise ‘4-5 different teas for you to try with enough of each to have approximately 3 cups (or one good sized tea pot). All loose leaf (except in exceptional circumstances)’ and offer a variety of different subscription terms whether you want a once off, 6 or 12 month, or bimonthly subscription.
They state on their website: ‘A Monstrositea subscription will take you on tea adventures all around Australia and the world. Try new styles, blends, origins, and techniques that you may have never come across before. No boring tea around here!’
The tea arrives in a nifty little box with nice packaging, and decent instructions to help you along your way. Though the directions on what temperature to boil the water to are specific, it doesn’t mean you have to have a fancy kettle that allows you to pick the exact degree – they also tell you how long to leave your kettle for after it’s boiled for the teas that need to be at 70°
I love a good chai, but trying to avoid milk makes it hard :( Then this came along – just add hot water and lemon, heck yes! This has such a lovely scent, and even though while brewing it just seems there’s dust everywhere, it all sinks to the bottom before it’s time to drink. I brewed for four minutes as it didn’t specify a time in the instructions. This is such a lovely blend of spices and it’s easily the nicest Chai I’ve had to date – very refreshing and light, perfect to accompany some ginger biscuits. This is a tea I’ll be turning to often to keep me feeling great.
Ceylon black tea with peach, recommended with honey and mint and also apparently very good cold! I don’t really like peach flavours, but this was quite light and softened the black tea with a delicate flavour and scent. I liked it enough but mum LOVED it, so peach lovers beware – once you try this you won’t be able to stop!
I’m impatient and added the pineapple to this one directly – I love me some pineapple. This is one of those teas that you can feel doing you well. I are something earlier that didn’t agree with me so I felt blah for the rest of the day – until I had this! A smoky and deep flavour that surprisingly leaves a clear and light aftertaste. I’m so glad I had this one today!
I can taste the added pineapple in this one a bit more than I could the Yerba Mate (even though I added less!) I possibly could have put in a bit more Sencha but it’s a lovely bright taste perfect for warm afternoons in the bush/outback. This is a lovely light tea that has excellent instructions so it’s not as harsh as many senchas out there. Excellent! The pineapple adds a sweet aftertaste which is delightful.
They have a great presence on Facebook and instagram, and update their twitter whenever they update their facebook, as well as answer any questions posed to them there. I’ve asked them one of two questions and they got back to me within a few hours, if not sooner.
This one comes highly recommended from me. I’ve also just signed up to another monthly subscription service – for Japanese snacks! It should start arriving some time in August and I can’t wait to start reviewing that one, too.
Interested? Here’s the link to them again! Monstrositea!