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Subscription Box - Monstrositea

25 April 2014
Last month the lovely Sarah over at More Than Adored hosted a contest thanks to Monstrositea and I was lucky enough to be one of the winners. I was pretty stoked about this because I am a tea fiend!

Instead of just taking the one free month I opted to sign up for 6 months because I was pretty confident that I would love the service. I was so right.

When I received my package this month and opened it up I was a bit dubious, I was trying to decide if this really was a subscription that was worth it for me, usually I think to myself 'would it have been better to just use the money to buy *insert theme of box here* that I already like?' but then I went through the box, read the information sheet and really looked at what had been delivered to me and I knew that this was going to be something I really looked forward to each month.

When I buy tea I usually go to T2 and spend a small fortune on the same stuff over and over, I don't bother being adventurous with my tea because I hate getting it home and discovering that I don't like it, I hate it even more when I try it at T2, love it, buy it and get it home only to discover that they combine it with another tea to make it taste delicious and now I'm stuck with a tea I don't like. What I have been provided with by Monstrositea is a couple of teas I know I will like, some that I've never tried before but been curious about and one that I've never heard of and am super excited to try.

Each month Mostrositea will send you 4-5 different teas to try, they come encased in a cute reusable tin emblazoned with their delightful logo (reminds me of Where The Wild Things Are), each month costs $15.00AUD and Monstrositea include enough tea in each sachet to provide you with about 6 cups or 2 tea pots worth of drinking pleasure. On viewing my tin full of tea I was skeptical about this amount but after making the tea I'm confident that they are spot on with those amounts.

This works out to about 30 cups of tea a month (and approximately 50 cents a cup), pretty clever hey . For me I'll likely make my way through it in about 12-15 days because tea is Valium for the soul if you ask me.

So what was in my tin this month?

Tea Tonic - Chocolate
Considering that Easter has just passed us by it's no surprise that something like this was in the tin, this is one of the two teas that I knew I would enjoy. Black tea is my thing and flavoured black tea makes me super excited. This had a soft hint of chocolate flavouring and since I combined it with a heavy dose of milk and sugar it satisfied not only a craving for sweets but also my need for a relaxing cup of tea. Amazeballs.

Tea Leaves - Iron Goddess Oolong
One that I have never tried but always been curious about, Oolong is everywhere but I fear the dreaded 'money wasting' aspect of buying something that could possibly be an acquired taste. I sit here with a cup of this as I type and I'm pleased to say there is nothing to fear. To me it smells like sweet jasmine tea and has a really light flavour that seems initially sweet and tapers of to a slightly floral flavour that is supposed to be 'orchid-like', I have to take their word for it because I've not tried orchid flavoured anything before ha! Also the leaves can be re-brewed, more cups makes a happy Hailey.

Marsala Chai from Jaipur, Rajasthan
I knew I would love this too, Chai is a major favourite of mine and it pleases me to no end when I see it popping up all over the place, be it as a tea, latte or in a desert, I want that stuff in my mouth.
This one I brewed the 'traditional' way, on the stove top and enjoyed it immensely!

Zee Tea - Concentration Blend
This one is a combination of Rosemary and Lemon Balm and supposed to be good for the mind, I'll be trying this one when I wake up feeling a little foggy so I can truly put it to the test.

Bonus Tea - Mini Pur-eh Cake
I thought this was chocolate. I nearly ate it.
Turns out it's a fermented and aged tea from Yunnan, China. This one needs to go in a tea pot and again can be brewed multiple times (approximately 4 according to Monstrositea). Looking forward to trying this one!

When I look at the fact that I've received 5 different teas to try for the cost of approximately one small box of T2 tea (check out the price of Oolong and die of shock!) I have to say I like this service a lot better than what I was doing before it came along. For tea lovers this would be a worthwhile subscription service, you're bound to get something you are familiar with and already enjoy while also being offered the opportunity to try out something new without the fear of buying something you don't like and won't drink. Best decision I made last month? Subbing for 6 months. So excite!

Are you a tea lover like me? What is your all time favourite blend?

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4 comments on "Subscription Box - Monstrositea"
  1. When I subscribed to Bellabox a couple of years ago my boyfriend told me a "tea subscription box" would be a good idea.This looks wonderful! I'm a bit of a tea fanatic myself, i'd pop into T2 whenever I can. For my last birthday, I told my friend to use whatever money she was gonna use to buy a present for me on tea. I need to find more cafes who'd serve chai leaves instead of the powdery crap.

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

    1. That powdery Chai is everywhere! Some of the brands taste quite similar to the leaf and spice mixture but it's still not the same, I think because it is more difficult to brew the traditional way the cafes opt for the cheaper and quicker option.

      I'm beginning to think this could be a box for anyone who likes hot drinks, every time I turn the kettle on mum comes out to see what I'm doing and keeps asking if she can try my tea hahaha.

  2. Oh wow this box looks gorgeous. I'm a tea lover to Hailey and have at least one cup a day. It is actually very affordable and you certainly get your monies worth. It would be a joy to be able to sample a stack of different teas also.
    hehe I too would of gone to eat the little choc look a like tea. Now that sounds really interesting!!
    The tin is too cute :) Very 'Where The Wild Things Are' :D

    1. Its a great little subscription, I'm so glad I opted for the six month sub. I cant wait for my next box!!