I’ve been wanting to try out a tea subscription box for quite some time. I had a brief look for a suitable company last year but concluded they were too “normal” for me. Earl Grey was about as adventurous as some of the companies got but what use is that to me, a girl with a cupboard full of the stuff?
Don’t get me wrong I love Earl, but I wanted a subscription box that was going to bring some discovery through my door and let me try the teas I can’t get from just any old shop. Then, out of the blue in a romantic “swept off my feet” kind of way, appeared Tea Horse.
They were everything I’d been looking for in a subscription box. Well thought out, carefully selected teas from a company that really know what they’re talking about (their tea taster was Director of the UK Tea Council).
This lovely Mr tea taster had put together a box of bold & bright teas for me to try. The came lovingly packaged and it felt like a real treat to open. I had a 2nd flush Darjeeling, a rare yellow tea, a green tea scented with Japanese flowers and an oxidised Silver Kandy Ceylon. Each tea has it’s own story that’s told in a little booklet – a touch I really appreciated.
Included in my box was a pack of 40 paper tea filters, but I like to call them “make your own tea bags” – much more exciting. I really do think these are genius. No more messing around with tea infusers, emptying them, washing them out; just put your tea leaves in one of these filter bags, brew up and throw it in the bin (or the compost heap) once you’re done. Tea Horse also sell these separately (£1.90) here.
First in to the bag for me was the very special Yellow Sun tea. Picked at a world heritage site more than 1200m above sea level in the Anhui Province of China, this tea is something to savour. The process is so long and complicated that very few tea makers make it. It’s withered, roasted, wrapped, cooled, roasted and wrapped again and again.
The result is a beautifully golden yellow tea that’s naturally sweeter than you’d expect a tea to be. It’s nutty, bright and full of glorious apricot flavours. As I sit and drink it, I’m amazed at the journey that these leaves have been on to get to me. Somehow it makes this rare tea even more special because like magic it dropped through my post box this morning.
If you fancy trying a Tea Horse subscription box, or maybe just a one off selection as a treat head here. The lovely team have offered readers 10% off your first payment with the code 10SUBLOG (monthly or 3 month subscriptions) making a single month’s box just over £10. There’s no sneaky hidden bits – you can cancel at any time.
Boxes are sent out on the 26th each month so you’d need to subscribe by the 23rd to receive April’s selection. Each box has enough for at least 40 cups and they promise to keep you exploring the world of teas with each new selection. I’m off to put the kettle on…