Alakaban Tea Review - March 2017 - Canadian Tea Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.

What is it? Alakaban Tea
How much? Starts at $19.99/month, plus tax and shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What's in it? Sri Lankan tea and fresh spices to create your own tea blends

Alakaban Tea is a Canadian subscription that sends fresh tea and spices from Sri Lanka. Alakaban is called the DIY Tea Box. Each month they send a pouch of Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka, along with a selection of spices and other top quality ingredients so you can mix them yourself and create your own flavourful blends. Boxes ship on the 20th of each month.

There are three subscription options to choose from:

The Taste-Tea Plan ($19.99)
70 grams of specially chosen tea, 2 nicely paired spices, and a few surprises. There is enough to make 12-15 cups of tea. 

Thirst-Tea Plan ($29.99)
150 grams of specially chosen tea, 3 nicely paired spices, and a few surprises. This box will yield 30-40 cups of tea.

Novel-Tea Plan ($39.99)
Two 150 gram bags of specially chosen tea, 3 nicely paired spices, and a few surprises. The largest box, Novel-Tea Plan will yield over 100 cups of tea!

This is a review for the Thirst-Tea Plan.

First look!

The product card includes detailed information about everything included in the box.

The box smells wonderful. The little basket on the left contains Cardamom and the sweet spicy smell permeates through the entire parcel.

The card shows detailed instructions on how to mix your own tea blend and how to use the included disposable strainer.

We also get instructions on how to brew traditional Ceylon tea. I really appreciate all the instructions and visual aids. Alakaban also has a YouTube channel with how-to videos and tips.

This month we present to you tea hailing from Hatton. Situated in the central province of Sri Lanka, teas from Hatton are grown in altitudes over 4000ft. By lying in the major tea disrtict of Sri Lanka, Hatton is known to produce some of the country's finest teas. The grainy nature of this grade of tea is created by sifting away the leafy portion making it ideal in the use of tea bags. Hatton's teas are known to produce a strong flavour and an equally wonderful fragrance that comes with it!

The three spices this month are:

Raisins - Grapes when dried become raisins. In Sri Lanka, raisins are consumed even more than grapes for the various uses they add to cooking. Raisins add the fancy touch to desserts and so you would find it in puddings, sweet broths, candies and even varieties of nice dishes! With its high iron content people consume it in different forms for its health benefits. You will find a combo of golden Sultana raisins, black Corinth raisins and more in your spice casket.

Palmyra Jaggery - Jaggery is a popular form of sugar for many Sri Lankans even today. It is the unrefined non-distilled form of cane sugar. However, Sri Lanka is fact produces unique versions of the jaggery using the sap from coconut palms and Palmyra palms. Many Sri Lankans would have a nibble of the sweet jaggery with their plain tea.

Cardamom - One of the world's oldest spices titled as the "Queen of Spices" and is the third most expensive spice in the world. The Ceylon Green Cardamom is native to Sri Lanka and is very popular in Sri Lankan kitchens. The seeds found within the green shell hold the unique flavour that allows Cardamom to be used in both delicious spicy dishes to mouth-watering sweet desserts.

The Flavour Bomb Surprise Box includes pouches of personally ground spices to add to prepared tea. The idea of the Flavour Bomb is to give you a taste of traditional teas from all over the world. The March Flavour Bomb is called "Almost Spring" and includes a mixture of tea, cardamom, raisins, and jaggery. Add 1 Flavour Bomb to a cup of hot water. There's extra empty tea bags to make your own blends.

The box also included a biodegradable wooden spoon to measure the tea and a disposable strainer. The interchangeable cloth strainer bags can be cleaned in a washing machine.

The ingredients this month created sort of a Chai flavoured tea. The raisins and jaggery added a bit of sweetness, while the green cardamon added a fragrant kick.

The March box from Alakaban Tea included 150 grams of Ceylon black tea, three flavour add-ins, five pre-mixed Flavour Bombs, extra tea bags, a wooden spoon, and cloth strainers. This unique and fun subscription gives you a traditional tea experience, while allowing you to get creative with your own tea mixes. I enjoyed the chai-like tea blends I concocted! If you love tea and are looking for a new tea drinking experience, be sure to look at Alakaban!

Click here to check out Alakaban Tea.



Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.   

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  1. This subscription is perfect for any tea lovers out there.

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