We are huge fans of curated subscriptions services--in particular, the London Tea Club, Pact Coffee, and the London Sock Exchange--so naturally we were really excited when BRUU Tea contacted us to have us try some of their teas.
The concept is simple: BRUU Tea is a gourmet tea club that delivers a box of teas every month based on your preferences (i.e. black, green, white, fruit, rooibos, etc.). Every month is a new batch of teas, and the subscription price is £10 for 3 teas (~40 cups) or £20 for 5 teas (~80 cups).
Unlike the London Tea Club, BRUU Tea's tea selection seems to lean towards unusual flavoured blends, such as "Pina Colada Green" and "Mango Loves Yoghurt". We tend to be purists with green and white teas, so when it came time to select our preferences, we picked black and herbal/fruit teas.
Here are the three teas we received through our letterbox:
The Diamond Black smells absolutely lovely, like a cherry earl grey. Unfortunately, it didn't taste quite as flavourful as it smelled. Rather, it tastes like a classic English Breakfast with a slight cherry aftertaste. In fact, I'd like to try it as a cold brew next time, as that may help balance out the flavours.
Unlike the Diamond Black, the Summer Black really did taste as good as it smelled. The goji berries add a very subtle sweetness, while the orange peel gives a tangy punch. The black tea bolsters all the flavours, but is not at all overpowering. A very pleasant tea, and as the name suggests, it certainly reminds us of summer.
This tea was full of surprises. It contains a lot of different ingredients, but the tea itself mostly just smells of mango, and when brewed, smells exactly like yoghurt! We were hoping it would taste that way--like mango-flavoured yoghurt--but the flavours are totally masked by the hibiscus. In general, we are not huge fans of hibiscus in tea, as it has a tendency to make everything just taste sour, and not in a particularly pleasant way. The concept is great, but the blend itself could benefit from some variations.
Overall, we were pleased with our BRUU tea box. We liked that the tea packages included the list of ingredients as well as the brew times, and we are always open to trying new and unusual blends. Plus, the Summer Black was definitely a keeper!