There are a lot of monthly subscription services in the world today. In an era of online shopping and Netflix, they aren’t going away anytime soon. Tea subscription services are becoming very common too. There seem to be about as many as there are tea varieties, so finding the right one can be a challenge. I had the opportunity to try out one of these services, Teabook.
Teabook, like many subscription services, is a blind box that comes every month. You don’t know what’s going to be in it, but you get three teas in a box. The box I had comes with some black tea (labeled “red”, arguably the more proper term) and some green tea, both in single-serving bags, and one serving of tea from their “Founder’s Collection”. And with your first order you get a glass tumbler to use with your tea. The teas change from month to month, so every box is a surprise.
Let me say right off the bat that I love the individually wrapped bags of tea. Those pyramidal sachets that are available just about everywhere nowadays are certainly more convenient, but these feel more like you’re still making loose leaf tea. Because you are! Each bag has one serving of loose tea you empty into your favorite brewer and steep. The red tea was especially good at iced tea.
All the tea is from China, and all the teas are surprisingly good. The green (a dragonwell) was very good–light and vegetal. And the red was very smooth. My concern with any monthly-box-club is that they’re founded under the premise that it’s a fast way to make a buck. Low-quality tea, but “it’s loose leaf tea everyone it’s great just buy it”. Not so here. This has exceeded my expectations. The tea is great, and I would wholeheartedly order this again.
The one thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the tumbler. I am not partial to leaving the leaves in the tea after steeping. The teas included in my box were light enough that it wasn’t a huge issue, but I much prefer taking the leaves out, as I drink my tea very slowly. Just a small gripe, but it’s something definitely more suited to a tisane than to teas that, in my experience, are easy to oversteep.
At about $25 a month, it’s a little bit on the higher end compared to other monthly boxes, but for the quality of tea you get (plus the tumbler you get in your inaugural box), I would definitely recommend this if you like trying new teas, and you like the convenience of having some good tea on the go. Give them a try!