Leafing My Way Through The True Tea Club Tea Library
With the lovely people at The True Tea Club (a loose leaf tea subscription box) offering me the chance to try out their service and my good intentions in the back of my mind, I decided to switch up my tea drinking habits and give a subscription box a whirl.
The True Tea Club is a British company, based in York specialising in seven loose leaf teas from around the world: white tea, green tea, black tea, oolong, chai, rooibos and herbal. I was sent the standard subscription box (£10pm) which contains four different packets of loose leaf blends, four empty tea bags and a loose leaf brewing guide.
The subscription comes in a nifty little box – the size of a large letter, so it’s likely to fit straight through your letterbox. Inside, the loose leafs are safely packed in resealable brown paper pouches with the ingredients, origin of leaf and brewing instructions detailed on the front.
If there are teas you don’t want to try, all you have to do is leave a note on your checkout order. And, if you decide you would only like certain loose leafs delivered after working your way through their “tea library”, you can fill out the tea questionnaire in the box and they’ll amend this for your next order.
When my teas arrived I took them over to Hassocks where my parents live to throw a tea party in the garden. My mum and dad spend their life in the garden, cultivating organic produce and beautiful flower beds so, when I’m there I’m on regular tea (and cake) duty to keep them fueled throughout the day. We have a huge polytunnel in the garden, which is where my mum does all her potting up and that’s where I served up the teas. It’s not a tea party without cake, though, so I also popped along to our local shop to pick up some Mr Kipling treats to serve alongside the teas. Be aware Mr Kipling’s almond slices are “exceedingly” good – and having these around the house may result in you demolishing the lot.
The first thing to say is all the teas looked and smelt incredible and you can actually see when you open up the pouches that there are some lovely quality ingredients in there. The True Tea Clubs suggests the subscription provides 40 cups of tea, although that’s probably a bit of stretch if you use the teabags provided. However, if you use a teapot it’s a lot more economical with the leaves.
Mighty Mango – A summer’s morning in a cup
The Mighty Mango is the one that I fell for. It has a Sencha basis to the blend, which is a type of Japanese green tea prepared by infusing processed whole tea leaves in hot water. The blend is mellow like a Californian beach with bright sunflower blossom extracts. It tasted like a summer’s morning in a cup.
Vanilla Cupcake – Naturally caffeine-free
This exotic blend uses a smooth vanilla rooibos tea, which is also naturally decaffeinated. I found it very refreshing and velvety smooth. The ingredients in this blend include banana chips, orange peel, papaya strips, rose petals and marigold petals.
Rainbow Chaser – All fur coat and no knickers
The purely herbal, rainbow chaser certainly looked and smelt the part, with a magical concoction of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint and orange peel but it wasn’t as full in flavour as The Mighty Mango.
Earl Grey Rebel – Not what you’d expect
Aside from the flavours of these teas, I’m also a big fan of the playful namings they have. Each one brings a smile to my face and hints at what to expect. This one’s name and description is a particular favourite ‘a rebel in its own right’, it has the rich taste of Assam leaves with a touch bergamot (citrus fruit) and orange flavouring.
Need to know
If you’d like to try a box for yourself visit trueteaclub.co.uk and use the code “LOVE” at the checkout to receive 50% off your first subscription box. Delivery is free if you’re based in the UK or £3.75 if you’re an international customer. You can also cancel anytime and there are no long-standing commitments. Furthermore, if you’d like to purchase any additional products, as a subscriber you’ll receive an exclusive 15% off the online shop.
*Disclosure I was sent a subscription box by The True Tea Club in exchange for an honest review.