April’s Tea Runners Subscription – Review

It’s time for another tea review!! I know how excited you must be.

I received April’s Tea Runners subscription the second week of April and it promised me a tea that would taste like birthday cake. Yes!! But that would have to wait, since I decided to save the best for last (or at least I hoped it was the best.)

Orthodox Earl Grey –

As I was trying out my Peach Nectar Turmeric tea (reviewed in my second Whistling Kettle Review) all I could think about is how I wanted some Earl Grey. I had just received my new Tea Runners box and it had a bag of Orthodox Earl Grey inside. So after a few sips of the turmeric, I dumped it and made me some Earl Grey.

I don’t know if I was just happy to not be drinking the turmeric tea or what, but I loved this Earl Grey. It was so smooth and refreshing. I tasted all the flavor notes and they all melded together perfectly. Overall there isn’t much else to say because it was a simple Earl Grey but it was lovely.

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Creme De La Berry Green –

I was a little hesitant about this one because the last green tea I got from Tea Runners was a bust. I will say before and during the steeping process, Creme De La Berry Green smelled quite wonderful. You could smell the strawberries and chocolate. Even though it smelled wonderful, I was still a little apprehensive to try it.

The first sip, I did get more of a that bitter earthy green tea taste. But with the second sip I got the rest of the flavors and it was beautiful. The strawberry came through as the strongest flavor, but that didn’t bother me.  I loved it a lot. I think it’ll be even better when cold brewed.

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Black Masala –

The description on the sample bag, for Black Masala, kind of scared me with all the spices mentioned. I immediately thought that there was no way I would be able to drink this. I liked all those spices but not sure about it in a tea. I will admit that the smell was quite nice, so while a little scared I was also intrigued!

This is the second CTC tea that I’ve received from Tea Runners and I didn’t look it up before but CTC means “crush, tear, curl” or “cut, tear, curl.” It’s a way to process black tea in which the leaves are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of sharp teeth that crush, tear, and curl the tea into small, hard pellets. I loved the last CTC tea I received and this one was surprisingly quite good. The spices were a little strong but I did as it said on the package and added a little milk, and that made it so much better. It almost had a chai latte quality to it once the milk was added, which equals, “yum!”

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Winter Wonderland Rooibos – 

This is the one that supposedly tasted like birthday cake and I decided to leave it for last, to try on Easter morning. Kind of like an adult Easter treat!! The description sounded so lovely: Rooibos with cinnamon, hazelnuts and Bavarian chocolate. Almost sounds like it is a type of Nutella tea. The smell of course was heavenly.

While it steeped I could smell the hazelnuts, which I love the smell of hazelnuts. Tasting it was quite wonderful. It did kind of taste like cake. It was so beautiful, all the flavors melded together perfectly. It definitely was the best out of the box.

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Ratings:

1st – Winter Wonderland Rooibos

2nd – Orthodox Earl Grey

3rd – Creme De La Berry Green

4th – Black Masala

I really do love all these teas and I kind of hated rating them. I’m so happy with this month’s subscription, it was so much better than last month’s. You can purchase the Winter Wonderland Rooibos and the Creme De La Berry Green from Simpson & Vail (www.svtea.com). Which while looking at their site I discovered they have tons of teas I want to try. So now I have a new place to shop, yay!

I’m hoping to test out some Boba Tea soon but other than that it would probably be a while till the next tea review. I have a full box of tea that I need to get through. I think I kind of overdid it with all the tea purchases in the last month.

Till next time!!

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Running to the Mailbox for Some Tea

So why did I decide to start trying different teas? Well I was looking to develop a new interest. I’ve always liked tea, since I’m not a coffee drinker, but I never branched out from what I could buy at the grocery store. I never thought about the other options until one day I was scanning through my Instagram feed. I follow Jewel Staite, she’s an actress who as been in a lot of shows, two particular ones close to my heart are Disney’s Flash Forward and my all time favorite Firefly. Jewel announced, on her Instagram, that she and her husband were going to start a subscription service for monthly tea. They were going to be sending subscribers four award winning teas every month and they were going to call it, Tea Runners. This sounded interesting and a great way to start my new tea journey.

This post is about the first subscription box I received in March.



Peach Ginger Detox – This was the first tea, out of the four, that I tried and I absolutely loved it. The first sip was so refreshing and I could definitely taste the peach notes. It was so good and I enjoyed quite a few mugs over the past couple of weeks.

I would like to add that this detox tea is not like the “detox” tea sponsored by a lot of celebrities. I’m not going to go into the differences because it would just send this post off a cliff into a black hole of topics no one wants to read about. If curious you can look it up.


Makalu Mint Green Tea Blend – I did not like this one at all the first time I tried it. I don’t know if I steeped it wrong or what but it was bitter to no end. I did try it a second time, steeping it a different way, and it was much better. However, I’m still not a fan. Green tea and I have a fickle relationship, sometimes I love it and sometimes I don’t. I won’t waste the rest, I’ll definitely finish it up, just begrudgingly.


CTC Black – If you’ve had black tea, such as English Breakfast tea, then you know what this tastes like. It is very much a typical black tea. I like my black tea with milk and sometimes a little sugar, so that’s what I did. It was good. Not much else I can say about it.

Annapurna Oolong – This is the one I was actually scared to try. I’ve had oolong in the past and was not a fan. It was just too “earthy” for me. So I waited until it was absolutely necessary for blog purposes to drink this. It turned out to be so good. In the description it said there were notes of melted caramel, muscat grape and apricot. I could taste all those. I don’t think I’ll ever be scared of oolong again.

This week I also purchased this adorable glass teapot with infuser. It’s great for when I want more than just one mug of tea or if my husband wants tea as well. And yes that is my fading Reading Rainbow mug. Unfortunately I’d been putting it in the dishwasher (it says dishwasher safe) and slowly the picture started to fade. I had to start hand washing because I didn’t want LeVar Burton to disappear.
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My Rankings:

1st place – Peach Ginger Detox Tea

2nd place – Annapurna Oolong

3rd place – CTC Black

4th place – Makalu Mint Green Tea Blend

Overall I enjoyed this month’s box and I plan to get the April box. Afterwards I may skip a few months or cancel my subscription, because at $25.00 a month it’s just a little too costly for me. I would like to use that money to purchase tea from other sites. Plus I have way too much tea at the moment, so I would like to go through most of that before I get any more.

If interested in Tea Runners, give them a Google and check them out.