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drank Clear Jade Orchid by Shang Tea
1192 tasting notes

(Note, this is not so much a post about the way this tea is to drink (awesomesauce) as it is a post about the thought processes it gave me this morning. Feel free to skip the following ramblings)

Om nom nom nom! I love this tea and I could probably buy it again.

Shang Tea gave me excellent customer service the one time I ordered from them and earlier still than that when I had a question. But it just strikes me as so backwards and impractical when I as an international customer have to contact them first by email and then email my order in. At least that’s how I did it the first time, I don’t know if it would still be that way but I have to assume it would. I know it’s silly if that’s how it works for international customers, but I still feeling like I’m imposing.

And not only that, but then I get to cross my fingers that Customs don’t decide to charge me for the package. I realise that they might as well do that on stuff shipped from China, but it has just never happened to me with any other mail than stuff coming from the US. I suspect they’re checking US packages more diligently because people are far more likely to do their internet shopping from the US than from China. Last time I got charged was a package from 52teas with all of three pouches in it. BAM! That tea was suddenly twice as expensive.

So all in all, I’ve got a few American tea shops that I can order from, but I always do it with my hopes up and my fingers crossed… I hope the 52teas Christmas box will make it through the eye of the needle. I’m trying again this year in spite of Danish Postal Service’s major cock-ups last year. And that’s cock-ups plural. Yes, they did the same idiotic thing twice with the same package. And lost one other package and misplaced another one too while they were at it.

So yeah, I’ll be on the lookout for some sort of alternative. To that end I was checking TeaSpring, as I thought they would probably be my most likely candidate of delivering something similar. No such luck, although I have made a note of a few others that caught my interest.

After that I inadvertantly wound up on Nothing But Tea’s website where I accidentally put something in the basket (seriously, I didn’t meant to initially), and then while I was at it anyway, I figured I might as well continue.

So I’ve just placed a rather substantial order that I was not even allowed to make yet (still have one tin and five samples to go). It just happened, I don’t know how! Instead I shall be saving my TeaSpring order for when the requirements of decupboarding have been met.

I think it’s something in the tea that inspired me to do that. I think it’s that thick honeyed sugary note that tastes like the top of a creme brulee that does it. I’ll do anything for a nommy dessert. Nearly.

In the meantime, suggestions for similar alternatives are appreciated. Don’t worry about whether or not the brand is available to me, I’ll figure that out myself. I know some brands that aren’t, but there are many I’ve never checked.

Geoffrey

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend trying Verdant Tea at some point. They will ship internationally for free on orders over $25. Every one of their teas I’ve tried (almost all of them) has deeply impressed me. Living in the same city as David, I’ve been able to see his sourcing and selection methodology up close. The standard of quality control there is very, very high.

Ninavampi

I understand completely… I usually get people to bring me tea to Ecuador. My first 52teas order made it through. I am still surprised (happily surprised of course…)!

In Ecuador, if customs decides to manually look at what you are receiving (a process they do on random packages) you most likely won’t even receive it. So, to avoid this I place small orders and cross my fingers. My second 52 teas order is on its way, and I am hoping for the best!

Geoffrey, I looked at Verdant last night! : ) I am thinking of placing an order after I receive my 52teas order! Can’t wait to try their Orchid Oolong!

It drives me crazy that some companies ask for up to $35 for shipping to Ecuador. I would never pay that much just to risk it not getting through customs… Oh well… I am thankful that 52teas has worked out so great for me and also that enough people I know travel often enough to the US for me to have a decent tea cabinet!

Charles Thomas Draper

Listen to Geoffrey. VERDANT

ashmanra

We have wondered why our packages TO Northern Ireland get there in two weeks and packages FROM N.I. Take ten weeks or more to get here! We try very hard to do everything perfectly so that customs doesn’t stick the recipient with a charge!

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Geoffrey

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend trying Verdant Tea at some point. They will ship internationally for free on orders over $25. Every one of their teas I’ve tried (almost all of them) has deeply impressed me. Living in the same city as David, I’ve been able to see his sourcing and selection methodology up close. The standard of quality control there is very, very high.

Ninavampi

I understand completely… I usually get people to bring me tea to Ecuador. My first 52teas order made it through. I am still surprised (happily surprised of course…)!

In Ecuador, if customs decides to manually look at what you are receiving (a process they do on random packages) you most likely won’t even receive it. So, to avoid this I place small orders and cross my fingers. My second 52 teas order is on its way, and I am hoping for the best!

Geoffrey, I looked at Verdant last night! : ) I am thinking of placing an order after I receive my 52teas order! Can’t wait to try their Orchid Oolong!

It drives me crazy that some companies ask for up to $35 for shipping to Ecuador. I would never pay that much just to risk it not getting through customs… Oh well… I am thankful that 52teas has worked out so great for me and also that enough people I know travel often enough to the US for me to have a decent tea cabinet!

Charles Thomas Draper

Listen to Geoffrey. VERDANT

ashmanra

We have wondered why our packages TO Northern Ireland get there in two weeks and packages FROM N.I. Take ten weeks or more to get here! We try very hard to do everything perfectly so that customs doesn’t stick the recipient with a charge!

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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