Anyone who follows me on Instagram will be aware that I have a bit of an obsession with Harry Potter. I read the books growing up and I have an ever growing collection of Harry Potter merchandise. You will also have noticed that I have a slight addiction to tea, because I prescribe to the philosophy of my fellow Northern Irish writer C.S.Lewis: “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” There is no better combination than a great book and a steaming cuppa, so when someone combines the wizarding world of Harry Potter I adore so much with magical tea blends and I am literally in heaven. Enter Riddle’s Tea Shoppe. I have been a long time fan of these guys, following and drooling over their Instagram pictures since I joined a couple of years ago but given that postage to the UK can be quite expensive, I had never got myself any of the delicious teas I so yearned for. Hadn’t until now that is. I have spent the week sick in bed and frankly I deserved a treat, so I purchased the Marauders Tea Gang box, a box dedicated to and inspired by the original Hogwarts Marauder’s James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew aka Messers Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. So, after saying the magical words, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” I have been able to enter this wonderful box and discover the treasures within.
First up, the box contains four delicious teas. Each one is named after and inspired by the Marauders themselves and they couldn’t be more perfect. The Padfoot blend is a bold breakfast tea with a kick, the Prongs blend is sweet, spicy and somewhat dangerous, the Moony blend is earl grey and chocolate for moonlight sipping (of course) and last but definitely not least, the Wormtail blend ‘tastes like betrayal’ because it is decaf. That last one genuinely made me laugh out loud. The packaging is designed beautifully, I love that they are red and each flavour truly encapsulates the characters they represent. I cannot wait to try them all, particularly Moony’s flavour as he is my favourite of the Marauders.
Alongside these delicious teas, there is a selection of tattoos depicting the same gorgeous character illustrations from the tea packets along with a few other magical images. I love a good press on tattoo so expect to see those popping up in future Instagram photos. There is also a Marauder’s Tea Gang vinyl sticker and enamel pin badge. The badge is adorable, with a glittered background and my main man Moony on it. I will definitely wear it with pride. All the items are listed on the adorable card pictured above with that magical oath printed on it, which I may frame to be honest, because one can never have enough Harry Potter related pictures up in their office. Honorary mention also goes to the box itself which is so sweet. I really appreciate the details here and the clear effort and thought that went into every thing, even something as simple as the packaging. Overall, this is a fabulous box and it has definitely encouraged me to make further purchases from Mr Riddle in the future. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a date with some tea….