7 September 2015
In recent years, I seem to have become a bit of a hoarder when it comes to tea. There's something just really lovely about having the perfect blend of tea for your mood, for the time of day, to accompany a meal. But with so many blends and brands available now, trying to find new teas can get pretty confusing. I can remember how scary that first venture away from my standard cup of earl grey was, and I still very rarely purchase new teas that I haven't tried at a friends or in a coffee shop first. Enter Tea Roulette.
I spotted Tea Roulette on Twitter a few months ago, and then on Spadge's blog, and it instantly seemed to have been made for me. Somewhere between a subscription box and a lucky dip bag, signing up to Tea Roulette gets you a monthly delivery of 30 assorted tea bags chosen at random. The project is still in development at the moment, but they recently put 100 test bags up for purchase and I was lucky enough to get one before they sold out. I've had my bag for a little while now and a lot of people were interested in them so I thought I'd share a few thoughts.
They only use quality brands, here's a few examples of what came in my sample bag to give you an idea of the variety available - twinnings, clipper, storm tea, pukka, the teashed, yogi tea and that doesn't even begin to cover the range I got.
The bags are currently sold at £9.95 plus shipping. For 30 tea bags this could be seen as a bit expensive, but it's definitely cheaper than buying 30 different boxes of tea that you might not finish or like, which is something I can be quite guilty of. 30 is also the perfect amount to spread throughout the month, giving you a new tea to try every day (or slightly less if you're kind enough to share).
Unlike subscription boxes I've had before, there's no guide to accompany the bag, so it really is a roulette experience, as even if you look through the bag while you pick, it's not very clear what some of the bags are. This does make it quite fun, but it also can be quite disappointing because if you really love one of the teas you can't go make a purchase if you don't know what it is. A thorough google search might be able to fix this one, but I really haven't tried yet. It's probably the only thing that let the bag down for me, but I'm sure some people will enjoy the surprise element so much that this won't be an issue.
At the moment the only way to get hold of any of the 'test' bags is by being part of the tea roulette community so if you want a chance to buy one, head to their website for more details.