Official *What did you get in the mail today?* Thread!!!

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Swap from Cheri! She was kind to resend Valley Peak from the Unflavored TTB my way and spare some of her Tai Ping Hou Kui and Sunlight Blend.

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Lala said

A few days ago I received an awesome package from Scribbles.

I had posted a tasting note talking about how much I love Assam teas and she offered to send me a bunch of Assams without anything is return.

Scribbles, you are awesome!

(Also I tried to post this two days ago but I couldn’t find this thread by wading through all the threads, and it would not pull up when I searched – even searching for the exact name brought up everything but…)

scribbles said

Awwww!!! Thank you for your kind words!! :)
I hope you find something that you enjoy!

Happy sipping!! A…

Layla, whatdja get?? I’m always looking for amazing Assams!

Lala said

I got some assams from Tao of Tea, Joseph Wesley, House of Tea (Toronto), and a few other goodies.

My absolute favorite is any CTC assam really. But also Tiger Assam from A&D is pretty high up there, Nina’s Paris Assam is also good.

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Cheri select said

I got my Whispering Pines order today. Yay!!

I opened the box, looked at my teas, and thought Brenden forgot to include a note, which is one of the things I love about ordering from him. Then I found it stuck to the edge of the box. =)

He included a sample that is a tea I wanted to try but hadn’t quite gotten to yet, so it was perfect, too!

mj said

WP goodies….YUM! Enjoy :)

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mj said

So, this is less happy than a normal “what I got in the mail today” post. I ordered some teaware from Aliexpress that is all starting to come in. So far, they have a 50% success rate :/. I got some double walled cups and a tray, which were both fine. I also ordered matching small and big cha hai pitchers (for solo or tea party gongfu sessions). I got the big one in the mail first. Here’s how it arrived:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByLDTxpzm4N2eEk1eVJNU1VYdG8/edit?usp=sharing
Note the giant crack running from the spout to the bottom :(. Well, I opened a dispute and the refund was processed without question, but I don’t have the pitcher so I’m still bummed.

Then, the small one arrived today. This is what I ordered:
http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/6183673934.html
And here’s what I received:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByLDTxpzm4N2SUQwVzlUMkx0ZGIzNVZlczJmS3BCNXlOY2tZ/edit?usp=sharing

Like, wtf it’s not even the same pitcher. At least it’s not broken? I haven’t decided if I’m just going to keep it or open another dispute. I mean, I like it, it’s just not the one that I wanted to buy.

These were two different sellers, so I guess I’m just having bad luck but it makes me not want to order from Aliexpress anymore.

P.S. My parents are in town until Tuesday and then I’m leaving on Wednesday to go out of town for Labor Day weekend, so I’ll be ghosting around Steepster til after Labor Day. I miss my tea friends though!

Aww that stinks. :( I’d bring it to the seller’s attention that it is not the one you ordered.

yyz said

Sorry that you have had some negative experiences so far. Its too bad the first one was cracked it was cute, but I’m glad you have a refund. I’d contact the seller about the cha bai first before entering a dispute. The description shows different coloured handles, so he might say that you didn’t specify so it was chosen at random, but the pitcher you received appears to be a different shape, so its worth contacting them. Most dealers will try to resolve things for you before that stage. I had a parcel go missing in post once and mentioned to the seller that tracking showed that it was stuck/ lost at the airport and they resent me another one by courier without me even asking them to. Sellers like to avoid going into dispute, if at all possible. I’m glad your happy with the other items!

mj said

And now the seller is insisting that the pitchers are the same and that the angle of the picture is just different…not pleased.

Aww, can you dispute it?

AllanK said

At least Aliexpress has a good system for disputes. I was praying my teapot today would come in unbroken because with Taobao Focus and the other Taobao Proxies the buyer takes the risk if it is broken. I would have been out about $85.

mj said

Yes, I’m disputing it :(. Hopefully that turns out ok.

Allan, I’m glad your yixing arrived unharmed!!

AllanK said

Good luck with your dispute, in my understanding the buyer usually wins on Aliexpress.

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Anlina said

I got my order from Seven Sisters today (they do teas from The Tea Emporium, plus a lot of blends that Tea Emporium doesn’t stock directly.)

Cream of Avalon
Pecan Pie Rooibos
Honey Fig Tree
Blueberry Black
Shanghai Sunrise
Skinny Wulong
Russian Caravan

I pretty much placed this order just to get Cream of Avalon, and the rest was to make shipping worthwhile, but I’m excited to try all of these.

They threw in two free tins too, which is awesome, and will help with splitting this order between me and my non-live-in partner.

Nice! I love the tins (don’t own any – they are sharp looking though).

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Cheri select said

Today was a tea haul day!

https://www.flickr.com/gp/cheri0627/56G2bv/

Mandala, Tea Merchant and Lewis and Clarke TTB

Sarsonator said

Wow… I’ll be over for tea :p

Cheri select said

Sounds great to me!

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Sarsonator said

My asymmetrical etsy cup arrived! Not sure if this post will work, but…

http://instagram.com/p/sInsgyvkVO

Cheri select said

Ooooh!

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AllanK said

I got a beautiful Yixing teapot ordered from Taobao Focus. I also went to my local tea store Clipper Ship Tea Company and picked up a Gaiwan, teacup, some Da Hong Pao and green tea blend.
http://instagram.com/p/sI5k9iTDZQ/?modal=true
http://instagram.com/p/sI5z3azDZp/?modal=true
http://instagram.com/p/sI2WX7zDUV/?modal=true

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I received my teas from Ost today. I also received Blueberry Hill from 52 teas. Some yummy new teas to try. Thanks.

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I got some Lupicia from Ost, and mini tuocha from Cookies!

I also got some mini tuocha from China via Ali Express.

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