Several years ago, I quit drinking. Two years ago I quit drinking (most) soda. Ok, I still cheat every once in a while, but I’ve cut back to a root beer around once a month. With alcohol and soda cut out, coffee can’t substitute all day long, so, for the last two years, I’ve been drinking almost exclusively tea. Recently, I found myself out of the iced tea I had grown accustomed to, and “fell back” on the small supply of tea I keep around for the rare single-serving. Usually, I make my tea in bulk… I prepare around two liters at a time and keep a pitcher in the fridge. Making my standard two liters wasn’t feasible with the number of extra tea bags I had on hand, at least not without some seriously messed-up blends. Well, long story short, I found myself enjoying the variety, so I decided to make it a full-time thing!
Unfortunately, the local grocery stores never seem to have a decent variety of tea, let alone decent tea, so I started looking for other options. Sure, I could order online and take my chances, but not all teas are created equal, and I didn’t like the idea of buying by the box (or tin, or whatever) to find out I didn’t care a particular variety, so a subscription service seemed the way to go. After reading a metric ton on the million different options available today, I decided to give Sips by™ a chance. Their premise is pretty straightforward; you answer a few questions, so they have a baseline for your preferences, they send you four varieties per month, you review the options you receive, and they adjust your profile based on the feedback. I signed just a few days before the end of the month, so wasn’t overly expecting to get my first box until October, but was pleasantly surprised when I received it just a few days into September! So, what did I think about it?