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February 2016 Tea Tour Unboxing
I’m far from a tea connoisseur, but I do enjoy drinking tea, so when I was offered the chance to try Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company’s Tea Tour subscription box, I took the opportunity readily!
Each of their Tea Tour boxes has a special theme. Their February 2016 box was themed after Chinese New Year and, as such, the three teas in the box all originated from China or nearby areas. The box also came with a handy card that detailed each tea, and I will include those descriptions in this review.
1) Peach Oolong
The first tea in the box was a packet of peach oolong. Fruity teas are my favorite, so I expected that I’d like this one - and I did. A picture of the mix:
Description: From Taiwan. Blended with Formosa oolongs - Taiwan’s darker, more oxidized variety of oolong - this fragrant and juicy blend is like biting into a ripe, succulent peach. The combination of marigold petals and apple pieces enhance an already delectable tea with smooth astringency and lasting aroma.
2) Ancient Jasmine Emperor (Organic)
The second tea in the box was a pouch of Ancient Jasmine Emperor. I enjoyed smelling the tea, but unfortunately couldn’t stomach. I don’t think there was anything wrong with the tea itself; it simply wasn’t my preference. As I mentioned in my video, I don’t usually like green tea (which this is), so that probably influenced my taste.
Description: From Yunnan, China. These broad tea leaves are descended from 1,700-year-old wild tea trees in the Jingmai mountains of Yunnan, China. Fresh jasmine infuses beautifully with this naturally-aromatic green tea, providing a brisk and fragrant cup.
3) Keemun Mao Feng (Organic)
The third tea in the box was a pouch of Keemun Mao Feng. The tea didn’t have a particularly unique smell or taste, in my opinion, but I was able to drink it in full. I’m not sure how else to describe it. It tastes like a lot of other, non-fruity black teas that I’ve drank. (Again, I’m not a connoisseur, so I certainly missed some of the subtleties of each tea variety.)
Description: From China. This curly, wiry Keemun is an exemplary Keemun often referred to as the “Bordeaux” or “Burgundy” of tea. Outstanding and aroma-rich, some will steep smaller quantities for longer than the recommended 3 minutes to bring out subtler notes.
Overall, I enjoyed the Tea Tour, even if I didn’t enjoy every single tea included. I like that the box gives the average person the chance to experience unique tea flavors that they might not otherwise try, and I appreciate that the Tea Tour is modified each month based on a theme so you get teas that are relevant to a current season or event. I think both tea connoisseurs and tea laypeople such as myself can take advantage of the opportunity to branch out and try new tea flavors. Tea Tour also allows subscribers to choose one of three types of tea mixes, so you can pick the tea variety that best suites your interests.
Recommended for: tea enthusiasts and casual tea drinkers
Not recommended for: people who don’t like tea
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review.