This post is sponsored by Field to Cup who provided me with free tea in exchange for my feedback on their tea subscription box. All thoughts, photos and honest opinions are my own.
As a lover of tea, I’ve been reluctant to try tea subscriptions simply because I’m afraid–I’m leaving my tea in someone else’s hands! I drink predominantly loose leaf tea which is a higher quality of tea and also a more flavorful tea experience. I usually purchase my tea from a local tea shop and so far have been able to find teas that appeal to my palate.
I like deciding on my tea on my terms. From delicate and delicious white tea to full bodied and robust black tea, or earthy puerh teas, I’ve done fairly well. But over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to try the Discoverer – Black (tea) subscription box from a company called Field to Cup. In the first box I discovered a new favorite tea but before I get into that, let me tell you a little more about the possibiliTEAs.
Field to Cup offers 3 options for their subscription boxes, Adventurer for unblended seasonal teas, Discoverer for the tea you love along with some other types of tea, and finally the Explorer, something new but not overwhelming. All subscriptions come with the option of 3, 6 or 12 months.
I opted for the Discoverer – Black box for the month of January, which included a total of 5 teas; 3 blacks, one oolong and one rooibos (herbal) tea.
Malawi Grand Cru (Black Tea)- this handmade tea from Malawi with the strength of a full bodied black tea but a sweetness from some berry notes at the end of the sip that delights. My husband who doesn’t share my obsession of tea but drinks some occasionally said, “This tea would be great with some ice in it.” The verdict is unanimous, this tea is one I think everyone would enjoy.
Pistachio Marzipan (Black Tea) Hands down this nutty tea was my FAVORITE from the box. The nutty flavors pistachio, almond from the marzipan. This tea will be ordered and shared. This tea is excellent as a tea latte. I used steamed and frothed hazelnut creamer to enjoy with one of my favorite reads in January, Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (a Pride and Prejudice retelling). I think it will shine as a star at my next tea party, provided no one has nut allergies.
Espresso Shot (Black Tea, Puerh) – Puerh is not everyone’s cup of tea but I do enjoy them, usually. The coffee beans in this tea made me think of coffee. Since I’m not a coffee drinker it wasn’t my favorite but I’d recommend this tea to anyone who drinks coffee and is looking for a replacement for their morning cup of coffee.
Gingerbread Rooibos – Rooibos has a natural sweetness so I thought bring on the ginger, one of my favorite spicy flavors in tea. This tea surprised me because there was no ginger at all, an orange candy sweet at the end of the sip I couldn’t put my taste buds on. I think will enjoy this tea with some ginger snap cookies and almonds for a snack when I read this book. Maybe the almonds will bring out more flavors in the tea.
Ancient Vietnamese Reserve (Oolong) – I’d like to think Oolong is an acquired taste, I remember years ago my first encounter and I wasn’t impressed. However, things have changed and Oolong is one of my favorite midday teas. The beauty of this oolong is a smooth sip and just a little sweetness. I think this or a milk oolong is a wonderful introduction to a tea that doesn’t get as much love as it should. Can’t we all just get OO-LONG?
Overall, this tea box has been a pleasant surprise and I’m glad Field to Cup has given me an opportunity to change my mind about tea subscriptions.
- Pick the box that fits your personaliTEA
- Discover & try new teas
- variety that doesn’t overwhelm
I rarely drink the same tea everyday and throughout the day. I’m a moody drinker, meaning I like a tea that will elevate, enhance or change my current mood. That also means I need a different type of tea as the day moves on. This box checks my requirements.
As I tell friends and family, all teas aren’t created equally. Field to Cup has also allowed me to see that mantra applies to tea subscriptions too. Give the gift of tea to yourself and the tea lovers in your life.