A lot of my time at World Tea Expo is spent networking and meeting new people. It’s the one chance I get to talk to lots of people who are just as crazy about tea as I am. At an event held by +Teforia and +Tealet I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Odera. Subscription services often an induce an eye roll because they are so prolific but what she told me about her new company really caught my attention.
Rather than the usual randomly curated selection of teas, T&Co.’s aim is to create a total tea experience. Each month subscribers are sent tea paired with an activity, music, and a snack. Each month follows a particular theme. She had me at snack. I’m afraid that I’m terribly late in writing about the box was generously shared with me. This one is the Father’s Day box from June. While we were in Las Vegas, Jennifer explained that the idea behind the box was for tea drinkers to spend time bonding with their fathers. Warm and fuzzy all over, right?
I was impressed from the get-go with how well packed everything was. The bright, cheery yellow ceramic cup was in no danger of being damaged during shipping. It came with a little bamboo handled infuser basket. I think that makes this service very accessible for new tea drinkers who might not yet have the tools to get really into loose leaf.
My box included a fairly large bag of Lapsang Souchong, sudoku puzzles, a snack (Chocolate, bourbon and pecan brittle) and a card with the link to a SoundCloud playlist. I could definitely feel that a lot of thought went into selecting each piece of this subscription box.
Lapsang Souchong can be very hit or miss but this one was very nice. The signature smokiness was there but not overdone and there was a surprising amount of natural sweetness. It stood up well to multiple infusions as well.
The chocolate, bourbon and pecan brittle from Morning Glory Confections definitely caught my attention. It was so tasty! I must admit that I munched this all myself rather sharing it with my father. It paired perfectly with the smokiness of the Lapsang.
I don’t often listen to music while I’m drinking tea but it was nice to jam out to some oldies while enjoying the experience. There was a very good mix of genres from a few different eras, making sure that there was something for everyone. My favorite was probably the Bob Dylan track.
I’ve been working a lot lately and just taking an hour to really take in the experience of this box was a welcome respite. Sudoku and I don’t always get a long but it was a good distraction to keep my mind from wandering to the usual worries of the day.