Monthly Tea Subscription
T•surprise is a monthly subscription service. Each month you will receive an assortment of 4 to 5 teas and infusions (to make 30 cups of tea), sweets (listed as being yummy and original), and a surprise (a useful accessory to complement your experience). A one month subscription would cost you $28.74 when you work in the taxes.
Shipping is FREE within Canada and the United States. Worldwide shipping rates are $10 per box.
How It Works:
So, I’m going to be completely honest here and tell you that I was disappointed with my experience with T•surprise. First impressions are really important when being introduced to new people, or new products. First impressions sometimes are the only impressions that matter. My first impression could have been better.
I was sent a Christmas 2016 box (at the end of April). I was not expecting my review box to be Christmas themed since this was to help facilitate a Mother’s Day Gift Guide review. The theme of the box I received is GLAGLA. I am not French Canadian, so I had no idea what glagla meant. After a bit of searching I believe it is a French Canadian slang term for “I’m Freezing.” Although the box did come with an information card, it is in French.
My French is limited, but I do know some words. In the description for the second tea on the info card, the first sentence says: On continue la magie de Noël avec ce thé vert épicé et fruité d’Inde. I know this says something along the lines of continuing the magic of Christmas with green tea of India.
I emailed T•surprise for some clarification at the end of April. We are now more than a week into July and I have still not received a response (either in regards to my question OR asking for a time-frame for my review). I feel as though they had old stock left over from the Christmas season so instead of sending me out a fresh box, they sent me one from the end of 2016.
Anyways, personal feelings aside, the box did arrive, and was nicely branded with the T•surprise logo, and it was pretty full. I received 4 different teas, a “sweet” and an accessory.
It comes with a little guide on how to prepare tea which is useful for those who are not sure of the amounts to use for loose leaf tea.
I was impressed with the selection of teas, and the different formats, and these are all flavours (and brands) that I have never tried before so that was a nice plus too. Each brand appears to be of high quality, and the flavours are all unique and smell interesting and delicious. I think all the teas fit in with the “It’s Freezing” or “Christmas” theme, and had I received this in November, December or January, I would have been pleased.
Four O’ Clock Tea: Herbal Tea Truffle Mint – 1 box (16 tea bags) – $3.99
“A somewhat nostalgic blend of chocolate and fresh mint. Perfect combination to make your taste buds rejoice! In other words, a stolen kiss on a ski slope mixed with an irresistible end of evening hot chocolate.”
Ingredients: Cacao shells, peppermint leaves, natural flavours, carob, roasted chicory root, licorice root.
ZYO: Apple Cinnamon tea – Organic Green Tea – 5g – ($0.97)
Ingredients: Organic Green tea from India, organic apple pieces, organic cinnamon, natural essences.
CHA YI maison de thé: Shui Xian Lao Cong Oolong Tea – 8 grams ($2.85)
“In China, especially in the Wuyi Mountains region, this tea tree cultivar is known for its narcissus aroma. Although a floral and honeyed tip is present for the tasting of its liqueur, it is especially its woody and grilled notes that dominate the range of its aromas. Notes of exotic wood, caramel, blond tobacco, toasted almonds and confectionery combine into a sweet and velvety liqueur, sweet and digestible, with the beautiful finale of nougat.”
Cérémonie: Ginger Peach Black Tea – 4 triangles ($2)
“Soothing, yet zesty, this elegant blend features an attractive peachy scent, small pieces of ginger root, and a calming glow. The perfect afternoon break.”
Ingredients: Black Tea, Peach Flavoring, Ginger Root
Accessory: North Star decoration (price unknown)
This is a small little ornament kit. To begin with I thought it was a set of 4 star ornaments, but upon closer inspection my son and I figured out that if we put it together it makes one 3D-ornament. There were no instructions, and it was not immediately apparent that it was a kit. It was very easy to put together, taking only about a minute. It is probably something that can be found at any dollar store or craft store during the Christmas season for less than a dollar, but it will probably find its way to my Christmas tree later this year when it is time to put it up.
Sweet: Be Spices Blanc-de-Caviar – 2 bite-sized chocolates ($2.08)
White chocolate with vanilla caviar/seeds specks.
Made in France with 100% natural ingredients: Cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, vanilla caviar (cocoa minimum 39%)
I estimate the value of the contents of the Christmas 2016 T•surprise box at about $13 (based on my opinion on what the value of the accessory is as I could not find that online). The tea and chocolate combined have a value of $11.89 which is far below the $25 ($28.74 when taxes are added) price tag.
T•surprise currently has a Holiday Box currently up on their website for $19, but it is different than the one I received (which is no longer listed on their website).
- Nice selection of high quality teas in delicious flavours
- Teas are from Canadian companies
- Everything followed the theme nicely
- Fun and eclectic
- It would be nice if there was an option for an English Information card (or access to the information on their website in English) for those – like myself – who want the information but are not fluent in French
- The ornament was an interesting little addition, although I question its usefulness (and it is definitely not a tea accessory)
I don’t think this is a bad subscription at all (in fact, I think it is a unique and fun box for tea lovers). I do think it was in bad taste to send old stock they had on hand in exchange for a review and then ignore my email when I asked for some clarification regarding this.
If you would like to learn more about T•surprise you can visit them online or connect with them on social media.
Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.
Disclosure: I received samples from T•surprise for testing and review purposes. Opinions in this post are honest, and my own, and have not been altered or influenced in any way.
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