Ahoy there and welcome back fellow Death Eaters. Riddle’s Tea Shoppe has done it again with the latest Death Eaters Tea Club box, and how. Sporting an assortment of summer flavors and accessories full of whimsy and kitschy detail that makes my summer-lovin, death-eatin, tea-drinkin heart soar with glee.As in the previously reviewed DETC boxes, from winter and spring, each one-time subscription box contains:
– 1 novelty tea item [Caffeinated]
– 2 small tea samples (10g each) [1 decaf / 1 caffeinated]
– 1 enamel pin
– 4 additional surprise items and Story Card
*All items inspired by the darker arts of the wizarding world are curated exclusively for these boxes. Ordered June 29th for $30, shipped for $7 and arrived on August 6th.Even death eaters need a vacation. A break from cursing their inferiors, not to mention the stress of living at the constant beck and call of the dark lord by a single touch upon the marked forearm. Summer provides the time off to let their hair down, slather on what must be at least 85 strength sunscreen and hit the beach or the pool.
Aun-Juli, the artist and creator, always channels the season with her chosen tea ingredients and these are brimming with summer fruits and flavors.Peachy Pettigrew: a simperingly sweet sip in deference to the dark lord. When I think beach romp, Peter Pettigrew isn’t the first to come to mind, nor does he rank as my favorite animagus, but someone must scamper around filling cups and retrieving wayward volleyballs. And goodness the aroma is beyond tempting. Fresh sugary peach, apricot and rose oolong tea with cocoa nibs and apple pieces make a tasty brew. A sweet and soft flavor profile in which the absence of spices commonly paired with peach shows off the fruity flavors. The peach lingers smoothly on the palate and finishes oh-so-mellow. Yummy.
Seaside Snape: (decaf)- A coppery colored rooibos boasting hibiscus, rose, apple, vanilla, pineapple and coconut that would receive high marks from the hard to please Potions professor. When it comes to a choice blend of ingredients, Snape knows best. Always.Bellatrix Breeze tea bags: 8 tropical tea bags to enjoy hot, cold or seething with revenge. I can imagine Bellatrix wreaking havoc on the waves, steering a speedboat dangerously close to swimmers for kicks before retiring to a beach cabana to be fanned with palm fronds by poor house elves.
I appreciate the addition of tea bags too. They’re convenient for summer travels and brewing iced tea. A chorus of tropical mango, apple, pineapple and orange duels with pungent lemon verbena. The earthiest and most herbal of the blends, I felt suitably witchy when sipping, best with a bit of sweetness.DETC sticker: A lighter, sandier logo featuring nautical elements arranged with the iconic DETC skull makes me wish for a boat to display it upon.The Crystal Cave postcard: That dark and dreadful location of pestilent waters so painfully visited in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Vibrantly detailed in magical amethyst hues and glowing greens touting the evil inferi’s dwelling place with vintage vacation design. Although a baneful event occurred in the cave, as a postcard enthusiast, I’m enchanted by it. Riddle’s artwork never fails to delight my imagination. Death Eater Lifeguard enamel pin: to advertise all those safety lessons taken in the Black Lake. Perfectly fitting for the theme, but not as immersive to the HP storyline as pins from previous boxes. Bubble head charms and gillyweed are surely more effective than lifeguards. However, the bold design appeals to my style. A red cross symbol atop a dark background with glittery flecks of green and crossbones indicate the wearer means business. So no hexing or jinxing near the water, or else.
//New to this box//DETC Nautical Tote: Death Eaters can carry their towels, tomes and curses in style while sporting their dark allegiance at all summer occasions. I could not believe my eyes when unfolding this bag. A full size canvas tote with stripes, rope handles and tea club logo?? Best. Subscription. Box. Item. Ever. I might book a beach weekend just to show off this beauty. It’s medium width and roomy depth hold at least two towels, two thick books, sunscreen, bottles, etc. I will likely use it to carry items to and from the library, the only concern being the longevity of the ropes. They’re sturdy, but a cloth hand grip would be ideal to avoid fraying.Death Eaters Swim Club beach ball: the perfect distraction for your little death eaters at the beach. What a fun and absolutely unexpected item. After a quick Inflatus charm, it was seaworthy. A great size for batting around the pool and the fun logo is a personal touch that makes the DETC a prized box to receive. Aun-Juli, you outdid yourself. This special summery treasure brought me much needed cheer. If, however, your soul is less inclined to the dark side, you excelled on your N.E.W.T.s and find yourself aligned on the side of righteous-good, oh, and I’m sure you do;) I’ve intercepted a bit of intel from another organization of magical aurors. Perhaps my Hufflepuff and Griffyndor friends will better relate to the tea box from Auror Tea Society. Julie at the Redolent Mermaid happens to be featuring that very parcel on her site…Until we meet again for the fall box release my fellow death eaters, remember to sip, savor and of course, stay superior.