When signing up for Teabox, you are asked to answer a few basic questions to help them pinpoint your taste preferences. Boxes are $19.99 per month with progressive discounts for longer terms ($18.66 per mo. for 3 mos., $18.33 per mo. for 6 mos. or $16.67 per mo. for a full year). Based on my three month experience to date, I would not hesitate to sign up for an annual subscription!
December's shipment arrived direct from India via FedEx, very well protected in multiple layers of bubble wrap. Underneath was this elegant white presentation box with a green foil Teabox logo on the lid.
Inside are eight packages of tea. Each packet has the Teabox logo on one side and details about the individual tea and its preparation on the back side.
Teabox asks subscribers to give feedback so they can continually refine the tea choices they send. This card encourages feedback ratings which can be entered on the site. Subscribers generally get a reminder e-mail requesting ratings at some point after the box arrives.
The monthly boxes contain eight packets of tea. For my first and third months, I received three different teas; the second month I received eight packets all containing the same tea. The exact mix probably depends on the preferences indicated when signing up. My choices set pretty narrow parameters which I'm sure influences the make-up of my boxes.
The first tea is called "Nilgiri Winter Black". The aroma is described on the packet as "Spinach & Orange" with a "Malty, Nutty" palate. Caffeine level is "Medium".
Here's what it looks like. The scent is very subtle, almost like a delicate slightly earthy potpourri.
Second is "Havukal Winter Frost Black". The palate is described as "Floral with Mild Astringency" and the aroma is "Woody & Floral". Caffeine content is "High". Sometimes, they include an interesting detail like the pick date which was 12/09/14 for this one.
I haven't tasted this one yet but the scent is very similar to the Nilgiri Winter Black, earthy and a bit woodsy.
Finally, there are three packs of "Lavender Spell", described as having a "Lavender and Sweet Greens" aroma and a "Lavender and Menthol" palate. Caffeine level is "Medium". This blend contains black tea, lavender and cornflower.
The lavender can clearly be seen and smelled in this mix; it is subtle but definitely the defining note. The bits of blue are the cornflower. Not sure about the menthol; I hope that is not a strong element in this tea.
These teas all seem to be winter oriented, certainly appropriate for this time of year. I don't know if that is a coincidence but like everything else about this subscription, the curation is exquisite. If you're interested in trying Teabox, click here for a $10 discount on your first purchase.
If you'd like to choose your teas a la carte, Teabox has an extensive array of individual teas on their site. Connoisseurs will appreciate that they are meticulously arranged by type, region, season, collection and estate. They also have some lovely gifts sets at very reasonable prices.
In case you can't tell from my glowing Teabox reviews, this subscription ranks among the best I've ever received. Their product and service are flawless and I feel comfortable giving them the highest possible recommendation!
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