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Tea Runners Subscription Box Review – November 2017

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Tea Runners November 2017 Box

Tea Runners is a subscription bringing you loose leaf teas from around the world each month – enough for 30-50 cups. You’ll also get tasting notes and brewing instructions. 

Tea Runners November 2017 Inside

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Tea Runners November 2017 Review

The Subscription Box: Tea Runners

The Cost: $25/month (save with longer subscriptions)

The Products: 0.75-1 oz each of four different teas (these are from established tea companies but are re-packaged by Tea Runners into resealable bags)

Ships to: US and Canada for free, International for $12

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Tea Runners November 2017 Booklet Front

Tea Runners November 2017 Booklet Back

This card was included. (More information on the teas, themselves, is printed on the packages.)

Tea Runners November 2017 Laoshan

Tea Runners November 2017 Laoshan

Imperial Grade Laoshan Green – Retail Value $6

This is a Chinese style green tea made from early spring tea leaves. This one is said to have notes of chestnut, umami, and sweet green grass, although I personally can’t pick those out. It is definitely earthy and maybe a little unfamiliar to the average Western palate. I typically drink Chinese-style green teas first thing in the morning and this will fit nicely into my routine. (Tea Runners now has a shop, by the way, where you can get these teas as well as ones that appeared in past months.)

Tea Runners November 2017 PuErh

Tea Runners November 2017 PuErh

Pu-Erh Ginger – Retail Value $4

Pu-Erh tea is a fermented black tea. I don’t always like them, but this was mild enough for me. I loved seeing the large pieces of ginger in there; there’s also some orange peel and a little lemongrass. Lemongrass is not my favorite (I think it is overused), but it is at a good level here – I mostly notice the ginger, both in terms of taste and aroma. Somehow, everything here combines wonderfully. This one works for me, which was a little surprising. This is a wonderful selection for cold weather.

Tea Runners November 2017 Pearls

Tea Runners November 2017 Pearls

White Pearls – Retail Value $6.75

This is another early spring tea. It is super light. The little pearls are handmade and rare, hence the higher price. This one is supposed to have some natural sweetness from “new growth” and it is nowhere near as strong as the other selections this month, so I guess I can see that.

Tea Runners November 2017 Keemun

Tea Runners November 2017 Keemun

Keemun Black – Retail Value $3.75

This one is supposed to have notes of unsweetened cocoa and stone fruit as well as some smoke. I don’t normally like smoky teas, but if they were all like this, I think I could start to get on board. (To be fair, the smoke is pretty mild.) This one seems like it would be a good introduction for a Westerner to more of an Asian style of black tea, because it has elements of both.

Tea Runners November 2017 Brewed

From left to right, here are the teas brewed: Imperial Grade Laoshan Green, Pu-Erh Ginger, White Pearls, and Keemun Black.

Verdict: I calculated a value of $20.50 for the November Tea Runners, which is below the cost of the subscription although higher than last time I reviewed this one. I did take the values from the Tea Runners shop, though the one-ounce size (comparable to these packages) is sold out there for pretty much everything.

This month, you can’t get these same teas anywhere else, and these varieties in other brands are often not available in a small package size, so there is some value in being able to sample without being saddled with a huge bag of something you may not be fond of. Additionally, I think there is value in the curation. Left to my own devices, I would just be ordering bulk bags of Dragonwell or Irish Breakfast and not really experiencing anything new. Even though I’ve been drinking tea for a couple of decades, I tend to stick to my comfort zone, and I’ve learned that I’m really missing out that way. Tea Runners provides a safe way to sample new varieties without amassing a pantry full of 1 pound bags I may never finish.

What did you think of Tea Runners? Do you get any tea subscriptions?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

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