Thank you mrmopar for this puerh sample tuo cha!
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!
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!)