Atlas Tea Club Thailand Review

By

Bryan Huynh

on June 12, 2024

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Although I am a coffee lover at heart, I decided to give Atlas Tea Club a shot after learning that they had introduced this subscription for tea aficionados. Atlas Tea Club is a monthly tea subscription service that curates great single origin teas from across the world. Each month includes two different teas along flavor notes, a postcard, and preparation instructions. You can acquire fantastic teas that you won't find anywhere else. Every month, a different country and delectable tastes to experience with your cup of tea.

If you enjoy trying new teas from all over the world, this is some excellent news for you. The subscription tea package Atlas Tea Club meets your single origin tea needs by exposing your palate to the world's many tea locations. This month, I got the Thailand Clear Heart tea from Atlas Tea Club. Check out our Tea Clubs page to compare and read reviews of our favorite tea clubs!

Why Choose Atlas Tea Club

Every year, they taste hundreds of outstanding and award-winning teas from across the world and share their favorites with club members.

They source their teas ethically from small farms owned by genuine people, emphasizing sustainable agricultural techniques in order to give you the finest teas produced with care.

From the comfort of your own home, sample the various local flavors at each place on your tea world journey. Take your palette on a monthly vacation to a new destination, learn about a new culture, and sip a one-of-a-kind tea.

Background

Thai tea has a long history dating back centuries to the "Thousand Year Tea Tree." These tall trees in the thick jungles of northern Thailand could have been the origins of tea in Thai culture. Traditional tea, the camellia sinensisplant, however, appeared in Thailand in the 1960s via Taiwanese cuttings. Although tea was first grown in Thailand by the Chinese, it was significantly impacted by Taiwanese techniques, notably for the oolongs that Thailand is now known for. In the 1970s and 1980s, Thailand substituted opium cultivation with oolong production as part of the Thai Royal Initiative Project, which intended to eliminate poverty, deforestation, and opium production. Thailand has built a reputation for itself in the tea market since then, introducing new cultivars in recent years. Thailand has built a name for itself in the realm of tea ever since, creating new cultivars in recent years and concentrating tea production in the cold, mountainous northern area.

Greetings from Thailand, "the land of smiles," where you will be welcomed with the friendliness of a people steeped in a culture of peace and harmony. Imagine Bangkok's vibrant streets, packed with nearly 9 million citizens, as the Venice of the East, complete with water-filled canals and skyscrapers perched on stilts above the river. Break free from the hustle and bustle of the city to visit one amongst Thailand's 35,000 temples, a reflection of the country's high regard for Buddhism and a period when every young man in Thailand was obliged to become a month for even a little time. Further from the city, trek through the lush jungles teeming with wildlife from the national flower, the orchid, to the world’s largest snake, the reticulated python. Hop from one white sand beach to the next, with 1,430 islands to choose from. Get lost in the mesmerizing turquoise waves as you relax in a hammock between two palm trees, planning your next adventure, in a land where you can help but smile.

Summary 

Atlas Tea Club supplies all single-origin teas. I would describe this cup of pure black tea as having a smooth, full body. This is a complex and bright black tea that is also warm and pleasant. There were times when it reminded me of fresh, warm laundry. Other tastes revealed bergamot's citrus floral notes, followed by the earthy earthiness of new soil.

This black tea obtains its trademark sweetness from an unexpected source: the microscopic bites from leafhoppers, which lead the tea leaves to emit honey and rose scents. This natural chemical change creates the characteristic honey-sweet scent that characterizes this tea.

This Taiwanese cultivar, which is generally kept for high altitude oolongs, is treated like a black tea, resulting in more oxidation but less astringency and tannins than a standard black tea, hence the smooth finish.

Region: Chiang Rai

Altitude: 850 to 1200 Meters

Processing: Orthodox

Body: Full

Tasting Notes: Honey, Rose, Peach Pros

  • Tea-source focused - Each month varies, a different country's tea is highlighted.
  • Postcards with geographical information, tasting notes, and steeping tips.
  • Comes with free tea bags
  • Travel-themed - The worldwide flair adds another layer to the tea, making you feel as though you're traveling to each destination.
  • Top 1% of the world's best teas (In this case, we got Thailand) 
  • Subscriptions are customizable. Want herbal teas? Caffeinated teas? or a mix of both?
  • Satisfaction guarantee. Their customer service team works hard to meet your tea satisfaction
  • Great for last minute gifts because you can schedule it out and recipients can choose their own preferences 

Cons

  • This is a subscription to loose leaf tea. 
  • If you like bagged tea, this subscription might not be suitable for you. However, they do provide you with a few bags!
  • This subscription is generally suitable for adventurous tea consumers who like to try different things. Because Atlas Tea Club does not allow you to hand-pick your teas, you can expect a wide range of flavors.
  • Average price for premium teas but more expensive in general. (See alternatives below)

Buying the Product

Atlas Tea Club orders are packaged safely in a cardboard box. Tea is presented in sealed bags that help keep the tea fresh.

Each shipment contains two 40-gram bags of tea leaves, all natural, recyclable tea filters packed in a tiny linen bag for easy brewing, steeping instructions to bring the tea to its peak form, detailed tasting notes, and a postcard from the country of origin so you can learn about the background of tea culture within the region and what went into growing your leaves. Customers may also choose between the caffeinated Tea World Tour and the caffeine-free Herbal Tea Tour, as well as their tea preference of green tea, black tea, or a selection of pure teas.

Another advantage of single-origin, pure tea is that it commonly contains the entire leaf rather than the small parts or powder seen in mixes. With the full tea leaves, you're one step closer to drinking tea directly from the source.

Here is how to acquire yourself (or another tea time lover) a tea haul each month:

  1. First, you will answer a few questions about your tea drinking preferences.
  2. Next, choose between variety, pure teas, or mixed teas.
  3. Then you are able to choose between caffeinated and caffeine-free options. You can narrow your selections further by choosing between green, oolong, or black tea. 
  4. Finally, indicate how many tea pouches you want every shipment and whether you want them every two or four weeks. 

Learn more about Atlas Tea Club here.

Benefits of Tea

  1. Tea contains antioxidants.
  2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
  3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke
  4. Tea may help with weight loss
  5. Tea may help battle cancer
  6. Herbal tea may soothe the digestive system
  7. Pure tea is calorie free

Results

I really enjoyed the floral scents of honeysuckle and rose, with a hint of sweet peach and honey. A subsequent steep exposes more fruity tones with a woody quality, a fuller body, and increasing pungency. I can truly say that this black tea does have a distinct flavor that separates it from its Chinese counterparts. I'm looking forward to trying more tea from Thailand!

Bottom Line

After learning about all of the benefits of tea, I might have to convert from coffee to tea! Because tea has less caffeine content and zero calories, I am able to drink multiple cups throughout the day without the anxious feeling from coffee. The tea leaves from Atlas Tea Club are single-origin, freshly harvested, ethically sourced, and, most importantly, consistently produce a heavenly tea experience. I appreciate how easy it is to pause or cancel subscriptions at any time. Although Atlas Tea Club subscription prices may equate to tea from grocery stores, you can guarantee that you will be receiving the best quality tea leaves.

Overall, if you enjoy tea or alternate your coffee habit with a cup of tea every now and then, and want to understand about the history of your leaves, I think the Atlas Tea Club membership is worth a go. I truly love how you can travel and think Atlas Tea Club is a terrific alternative for the more established demographic of tea aficionados who prefer single-origin, pure tea. This monthly membership may be more challenging to sell to casual tea consumers. We've tried a lot of tea, but if you're not interested in tea from Thailand, check out our other tea reviews!

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About the Author

Product Tester & Writer

Bryan Huynh

Product Tester & Writer

Bryan Huynh is a determined Product Tester & Writer. Being a coffee addict, it is only right that he mainly tests and reviews different coffee from around the world and coffee subscription services.

Bryan Huynh is a determined Product Tester & Writer. Being a coffee addict, it is only right that he mainly tests and reviews different coffee from around the world and coffee subscription services.