Tea Sparrow Review - November 2013 - Canadian Tea Subscription Box + PROMO CODE!


What is it? Tea Sparrow
How Much? $20 per month, shipping included
What’s in it? 4 premium loose leaf teas to make 35-40 cups of tea.

Tea Sparrow has been on my radar since I started my blog earlier this year. Not only are they a Canadian company, but they are based in Vancouver. I have an affinity for local subscription companies. I was in Seattle, for Black Friday shopping weekend, when I received an e-mail from Tea Sparrow asking if I would like to review a box. I couldn't get to a WiFi hot spot fast enough to send my reply. I am a tea drinker, exclusively. Even after 10 years of shift work, I still do not drink coffee. Tea Sparrow has always been at the top of my "subscriptions to try" list, but I have such a stockpile of tea already, I could never justify the expense. To say I was thrilled to be offered a review box is an understatement. I took some extra time to write this review so I could sample each tea.


Every month, Tea Sparrow sends you 4 carefully selected teas from around the world. The Tea Box averages 3-4 ounces of loose leaf tea and yields 35-40 cups of tea per month. Each box includes a mix of both herbal and caffeinated blends. All the teas are free of artificial ingredients and sourced from tea blenders around the world. As the teas are loose leaf, a tea infuser or strainer is required.Tea Sparrow does not provide one or sell them.

  
 
I received the November box to review. Each pouch contains approximately 1 ounce of tea.


Instead of a product card, Tea Sparrow includes a "Tea Tips" card, with instructions on how to measure, heat, and brew your tea. It's more than just pouring water over a tea bag! Instead of a product card, the product information is affixed to each packet of tea. The labels include description, ingredients, and Tea Sparrow's brewing recommendation.

Organic Naked Chai from Teaja
Keep warm this holiday season with what is hands down the best caffeine-free cuppa chai you’ve ever tasted. Cardamom and clove top notes, augmented by ginger and cinnamon, with a faint but delightful aroma of black pepper present in the smooth, fresh finish. This beautiful blend of spices imparts exquisite aroma with impeccable taste.

I really loved this rich and aromatic chai. I added coconut milk to give it a more creamy, latte-like feel.

Vanilla Honeybush from MyAromatica
Smooth aromatic vanilla caramel flavour. Delicious hot or as an iced tea.

This.is.amazing. It really does taste of vanilla and caramel. It's very rich and creamy so it makes a nice after dinner treat. This is my favourite of the bunch. For brewing, I recommend paper tea sachets if you have them. The leaves are very fine so a regular infuser or strainer results in quite a bit of tea leaves in your cup. I haven't tried this iced yet but I plan to. I imagine it will be fantastic iced with my coconut almond milk.


White Orchard Tea from The Tea Spot
Mouth-watering fruits of melon and peach harmoniously blend with the delicate notes of pure China white tea. Pairs well with fruit, a cream-based dessert or pastry.

This tea smells amazing - like fresh peaches. It's a white and green tea blend. It's more subtle than the other teas but still very tasty.

Earl Grey Supreme from Rishi Tea
A special reserve for Earl Grey lovers, we infuse a smooth liquoring Keemun and a bold flavored Yunnan with 100% natural essential oil pressed from real bergamot citrus fruits. This oddly shaped citrus fruit from Southern Italy is what gives traditional Earl Grey its flowery and sweet citrus aroma. One of our British customers claims this is the best Earl Grey blend ever. What a compliment!

This was the first tea I tried. I'm not a huge Earl Grey fan, but it's my go to when I need a good caffeine jolt. It has a richer, more bold flavour than the Tetley Earl Grey I'm used to. I followed the Tea Sparrow recommendation and steeped 1 tablespoon of tea in 8 ounces of boiling water.


The November Tea Sparrow Tea Box contained 4 great teas. It's hard to put a monetary value on this subscription box. Each pack contains approximately 1 ounce of tea, and worth anywhere from $3-$6. This is not a value subscription where the value received is worth more than the amount paid. Instead it appears the actual monetary value is equal to the price paid. Tea Sparrow is really more about the experience. True tea lovers will appreciate the convenience and the opportunity to explore and sample teas from all over the world.

One thing I noticed is that the Tea Sparrow brewing suggestions (shown on the packets) are quite different than the tea company brewing instructions (shown online). Online, the instructions for each tea called for 1-2 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of water. For 3 of the 4 teas, Tea Sparrow suggested using 1 tablespoon of tea per 8 ounces of water. For my first cup, using Earl Grey Supreme, I followed the Tea Sparrow suggestion, not realizing there was another method. I was a little disappointed when I found there was only enough tea in the pouch to equal two tablespoons - or two uses. If I follow the actual tea company instructions, I would get six or more uses out of one tea packet instead of just two. It's a good-to-know for next time.

Are you interested in trying Tea Sparrow? It's too late to get the special December box, but here is what's coming in January:

In January, to help you with your recovery from the holidays or just keep you healthy this winter, we are featuring our ‘New Years’ Resolution’ box, whose teas taste incredible and each come with their own natural healing properties: weight loss, liver cleansing, antioxidant immunity-boosting, and flu-fighting.

Tea Sparrow has provided a promo link for you to get 60% off your first month's box when you sign up for a month-to-month recurring subscription.Go to http://www.teasparrow.com/promo/ and enter "teas" in the password box, then click subscribe. You will be directed to Paypal where you can enter your payment information. Your first month's box will be $8 and subsequent boxes will be $20, billed via Paypal. You can cancel or pause this subscription at any time.

I'm curious about the January teas, so I took advantage of the promo and subscribed. It's too good to pass up at only $8!

What do you think of Tea Sparrow?


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  1. This is one of the first subscription boxes I have seen you review that I thought "I NEED THIS!" I think I will be getting myself a little gift sometime in the new year, yay! Thanks for the great review!

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