C.S. Lewis said it best, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Like most readers and writers, I have my go to reading and writing snacks and drinks. While I love coffee as much as the next person, I switched to drinking tea more often a few years ago. I absolutely love tea and have at least 2-3 cups a day now. I am always on the look out for new teas to try but I hate when I order a tea and it just isn’t what I was expecting. I have picked up a few teas in my local grocery store too and some have been great while others have been hit and miss. That is why Simplicity Teas sounds like a great option for someone like me.
Simplicity Teas is a monthly subscription box where you can try out a couple of their teas in a smaller version before committing to a larger amount of the tea. They have both a subscription box and fully stocked shop with infusers and full orders of tea. I opted for the subscription box so I could try a couple of different types of tea. My tea box came with an adorable strawberry infuser and enough tea for a month! I had 4 different teas to pick from, two black teas and two herbal teas. One of my black teas was decaffeinated, which was actually perfect. One of the things I hate about drinking tea is I never remember to buy decaffeinated. In the afternoons I like to have a nice cup of tea, I usually don’t because I will never sleep with the caffeine.
I was thrilled to try the loose leaf lavender lady black tea first for that very reason. This tea has a pleasant lavender flavor that isn’t overpowering but yet has enough flavor to feel fortifying. I followed the directions using only 1 teaspoon and let it seep for about 3-4 minutes with boiling water. I added a little bit of Nutpods creamer which gave it a really nice creamy flavor. I don’t drink sugar in my tea and I don’t think this tea needs any sugar either. It had great flavor and since it was decaf I can drink it all day long! I also tried this tea to make my own version of a Starbucks London Fog latte.
I made the tea like normal with the same ratio, 1 teaspoon and seep for 3-4 minutes. In a separate sauce pan, I put about 1 cup of milk (I used regular milk but I think any would work just as well) and then I added 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Once it was barley boiling I mixed it with the tea that was done brewing. I thought it came out pretty good. The tea had enough flavor to support the extra milk liquid but I think next time I might add a little more tea just to give it a little more flavor since I prefer it a little stronger when there is more milk involved. Overall though the lavender of the Lady Lavender came through really tasty.
I have a couple more teas to try in my box from Simplicity Tea so be watching for my review on those but I was really impressed with the variety and quality of their teas. I love that there is enough tea in each monthly box to get me through the month and to try something new before I commit to buying a whole tin. You can cancel or skip at any time and you can even make a gift of the subscription box—I mean Mother’s Day is coming up and this would be a great treat for mom!