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Thank you mrmopar for this puerh sample tuo cha!

The Tea
This morning, I popped this mini into my purple clay gaiwan, that’s only used for puerh. It was a new tuo cha and I enjoy drinking these when I’ve got a busy day ahead.

As always, I did a rinse, then because the tuo cha was pretty hard I did another quick rinse. I poked the lump of hard leaves a bit after pouring on more boiling water and waited a little more than 30 seconds. (I like to help the steeping along in the beginning)

The wet leaves smelled more like an old book store or library than most. Leather, a little musty and a bit of dirt. Good smells though.

When I sipped my first taste of the dark red brown brew, the liquor was dense like a paint stain, but light and smooth with some faint sweetness.
I expected a cedar flavor which wasn’t present in the tea. No woodsy or earthy flavor, just a mellow…even light American coffee smoothness. Unexpected but nice.

I filled my cup again and again, still holding the same flavor each time without change. A good little tuo cha…thanks mrmopar!

Soapbox
I went to Steepster to begin writing a review about this tea.
When I pulled up the review from the previous evening, something bad had happened.

My review had a comment from someone I didn’t know. He said I was a liar here on Steepster, and that I had an agenda which was to promote only certain tea companies.
It also said that I hide behind my glasses, that I don’t tell the truth about anything. It even misquoted my blog story about the Children’s Shelter Christmas, and said that I beat my children. He said he would like to press charges against me. (The kids were beaten by their parents, not by me!) There was much more!

I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

Several Steepster people saw what was happening, as the attack suddenly went live… and came to my defense, Bless them.

At first I was shocked. Then, I realized that the person had to have planned this for some time. They knew things about me.
A troll or someone with an agenda was out to slam me. But Why?
I chose not to engage with any anger.

So sad for them really. What sadness to carry that kind of poison inside towards others.

You who have known me for the past year have seen me go from Celestial Seasonings Tea, to Davids Tea’s and Kally, Butiki,
Steap Shoppe, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Verdant to name some of the more common ones. (I’ve left out lots of puer from different sources).

Like you, I drink the tea I like. That’s it.

Some of you love Davids Tea or 52 tea’s or Harney & Son’s. You love what you love. I applaud you for that freedom to choose and I enjoy your reviews. Sometimes, I get to try those favorites of yours in a tea swap!

The comments of the troll disappeared off my reviews. POOF, GONE!
So, I removed my comments also. Why confuse people I thought.

I think this issue isn’t done with. It will probably return.

Other people are going to get slammed or insulted by these trolls now and then so here is what you need to know.

They are not who we are.

We are a kind community and one that is free.

We write our own reviews based on our own opinions and I for one am not for sale, and I can’t be intimidated. I am not afraid of drinking tea and writing honestly what I think. I choose the companies that I buy my tea from.

mrmopar, Indigobloom (who saw what happened) and JC who saw too,
and all the most kind people I’ve ever encountered…and I’m not going to run for the hills in fear.

(Stepping off my soapbox now..) Kumbaya! (Well I do have a sense of humor too!)

Bonnie

So weird, the person was following me, and now he disappeared completely from Steepster. Might show up with another name though. Beware!

Alphakitty

Ugh, that’s awful. But I suppose every community has its trolls, from what I have seen the folks here deal with them very well and gracefully!

Autumn Hearth

hugs those personal attacks are horrid and ignorant. I didn’t see the comments myself, but I did see Indigobloom come to your defense so I looked him up before everything disappeared. Seemed he had his own struggles, he went from rating Verdant Teas much higher to lower. His review for Laoshan Green I think it was, was very distressing. He talking about order lots of tea to support Verdant helping the farmers, then he got upset when he realized he should be helping local farmers in his community, not over in China, lots of caps and anger there. Very sad.

Bonnie Autumn, from what I’ve learned, this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened. There have been others who have been slammed. I’ve been called a name or two before making fun of me as an ignorant American. Say what they will, they are all correct.

I am nobody special. I’m a tea drinker. That’s all I do here, drink tea and share my experience.

LiberTEAS

I am so sorry that something like that happened to you. I don’t get people sometimes. :(

Bonnie

Hey, it’s over now…Merry Christmas!!! No Grinches!!!

Kittenna

Bonnie – I received all the comments in my email and read through them. I think your response was absolutely appropriate and unantagonistic. Kudos for not lashing out! Some people just go looking for fights.

Bonnie

Thanks Kittenna, next time…ninja Ibloom, Kittenna and Bonnie!

mrmopar

no you are special as is everyone i have come to know on this site. god made each one of us special. never let these kind of people make you feel down. like you said feel sorry for them because they must have a very miserable life in order to having to resort to an action like this to gain some attention.

Hesper June

I did not see any of the comments, but you are a very special lady to us. And any one that has been on here for than a few minutes knows how much we love Bonnie and value her honest opinions on teas. You were one the first people I followed on here, Bonnie. Because I could see right away that were you were someone I could learn a lot from and I enjoyed your lovely stories. I am glad you aren’t going to let this person ruin your day:-) Happy Holidays,Bonnie!

Invader Zim

I wonder if it was the same person as before with a different user name, or someone within that circle.

Bonnie

Who knows who it is? Might be like you said Invader Zim, the same person.
Thanks for your nice comments everyone! Makes me blush! Anyway, the reason I wrote about the experience is to confront the problem and make other people aware of it because this has happened before and will likely happen again. I received an email from David Duckler last night that said this kind of trolling happens regularly to tea companies on other sites but not hardly ever from Steepster.
We should be proud of that! Best to ignore these sad people, not engage them and get on with loving tea! You are GREAT Steepster friends! Have a Jolly Christmas!

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Bonnie

So weird, the person was following me, and now he disappeared completely from Steepster. Might show up with another name though. Beware!

Alphakitty

Ugh, that’s awful. But I suppose every community has its trolls, from what I have seen the folks here deal with them very well and gracefully!

Autumn Hearth

hugs those personal attacks are horrid and ignorant. I didn’t see the comments myself, but I did see Indigobloom come to your defense so I looked him up before everything disappeared. Seemed he had his own struggles, he went from rating Verdant Teas much higher to lower. His review for Laoshan Green I think it was, was very distressing. He talking about order lots of tea to support Verdant helping the farmers, then he got upset when he realized he should be helping local farmers in his community, not over in China, lots of caps and anger there. Very sad.

Bonnie Autumn, from what I’ve learned, this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened. There have been others who have been slammed. I’ve been called a name or two before making fun of me as an ignorant American. Say what they will, they are all correct.

I am nobody special. I’m a tea drinker. That’s all I do here, drink tea and share my experience.

LiberTEAS

I am so sorry that something like that happened to you. I don’t get people sometimes. :(

Bonnie

Hey, it’s over now…Merry Christmas!!! No Grinches!!!

Kittenna

Bonnie – I received all the comments in my email and read through them. I think your response was absolutely appropriate and unantagonistic. Kudos for not lashing out! Some people just go looking for fights.

Bonnie

Thanks Kittenna, next time…ninja Ibloom, Kittenna and Bonnie!

mrmopar

no you are special as is everyone i have come to know on this site. god made each one of us special. never let these kind of people make you feel down. like you said feel sorry for them because they must have a very miserable life in order to having to resort to an action like this to gain some attention.

Hesper June

I did not see any of the comments, but you are a very special lady to us. And any one that has been on here for than a few minutes knows how much we love Bonnie and value her honest opinions on teas. You were one the first people I followed on here, Bonnie. Because I could see right away that were you were someone I could learn a lot from and I enjoyed your lovely stories. I am glad you aren’t going to let this person ruin your day:-) Happy Holidays,Bonnie!

Invader Zim

I wonder if it was the same person as before with a different user name, or someone within that circle.

Bonnie

Who knows who it is? Might be like you said Invader Zim, the same person.
Thanks for your nice comments everyone! Makes me blush! Anyway, the reason I wrote about the experience is to confront the problem and make other people aware of it because this has happened before and will likely happen again. I received an email from David Duckler last night that said this kind of trolling happens regularly to tea companies on other sites but not hardly ever from Steepster.
We should be proud of that! Best to ignore these sad people, not engage them and get on with loving tea! You are GREAT Steepster friends! Have a Jolly Christmas!

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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