Official *What did you get in the mail today?* Thread!!!
I got my Taiwan Tea Craft order, which has been to Canada, back to Taiwan and finally to me ( the original package was misdirected). Handled very professionally by Philip. Everything is in perfect condition despite the voyage.
I got my half of the Verdant blend of the month club that I split with BrewTEAlly Sweet and she threw in some extras for me! Yay! :D
Also the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea box tried to come but I was not home, so I shall pick it up at the post office tomorrow! I can’t wait!!!!
The Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box arrived! OH MY GOSH SO MUCH TEA! dies
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Matcha Genmaicha sample from Japan (Yunomi)
I got my first Della Terra Try Me sampler from the subscription! I love all the teas I received- Cinnamon Diletto, Cinnamon Bun, Red Velvet Cake, Caramel Pumpkin Marshmallow and Apples and Molasses :)
So once again I happened to be home to sign for my Teavivre package, which usually gets sent registered mail. So glad I don’t have to go to the post office.
Guys, Teavivre is the BEST. They sent me some Taiwanese oolongs to try and review, and SURPRISE free gaiwan! I can’t even believe it! Amazing.
I got an order from Puerh Shop. super fast shipping 2 days only. Along with my order got 2 generous samples. Very excited to explore new teas
I got my order from Easy Tea Hard Choice today. Came in a nice little box (that I’m sure I will send on to someone in a swap). I got the 3 black tea sample pack. These are in sealed bags nicely labeled, looks good to me.
My question/concern/thought is about the charcoal roasted oolong. It’s in a wee, itty, bitty, little “freeze dried” package. It looks like the packs of coffee that are packed solid because all the air has been sucked out of it. It’s 25g of oolong tea in the space of 1″ × 2″ × 1/4" solid as a rock. Do you think the leaves are going to be crushed? or will they be ok? This just looks really, really strange for tea….. ?
I’ve gotten oolong tea like this before. It has always been fine when I opened it. The oolong is usually in tightly rolled balls so it is not crushed at all. I have never ordered from that tea company though.
They’ll probably be just fine, Most of the rolled oolongs I’ve got recently have arrived packed this way. It helps to protect them from oxidation until they are open.
Yeah that’s standard packaging in China for teas that don’t really “crush” like rolled oolongs. When I bought Tieguanyin in China the seller actually packaged it into individual vacuumed sealed pouches for me. It’s nice because it’s totally vacuumed sealed so it won’t deteriorate at all!
Thanks Lala, I just don’t want to open it yet – have tons of other teas to drink. Just hadn’t seen this before. Will assume it’s ok.
I’ve never ordered before either, but they had a 20.00 off coupon…
LOL – ok, newbie in me is coming out. I hadn’t see it before. It’s awesome if it doesn’t deteriorate at all. Will drink more of my opened oolongs first…..
Daaaaang, guys. I can’t say anything yet about the tea of course but I must say Mandala has impressed the heck out of me already—I placed my first order from them just 2 days ago and it’s sitting in my lap as I type. Not only that, Garret responded (in a very friendly manner I might add) within like 30 minutes of me requesting specific samples saying he’d make sure I got the ones I wanted, and lo, here they are, plus a bonus one. Generously sized samples too I might add. With a hand written note.
I ordered mid afternoon and when he got back to me nearly instantly about the samples, he let me know they’d be shipping it that day.
Tea is awesome—I’ve encountered so many vendors through Steepster that are just above and beyond when it comes to customer service. I love it. Thanks Steepster!
I so want to try Mandala but the sheer volume of highly rated tea is a little overwhelming. They’re almost too succesful for me to try! I want to get my sea legs with pu-erh before I order, but I also think they’d be a great place to learn. Oh the tea conundrums. I’ll watch for your reviews!
Uniquity, I know what you mean. I did some swapping so I could try some Mandala teas before I placed my first order. Hopefully you can find someone to trade with first!
ifjuly, OHMYGOSH! Maybe mine will be waiting for me when I get home from work, too! squee! Also, I didn’t think about making specific sample requests. I should have done that!
Uniquity, that’s how I felt too—I had a list of teas from them I was curious about for like months before I finally pulled the trigger on an order, and I waited partly too because the world of pu erh is entirely new and strange to me. So I totally get that.
Stephanie, I felt sheepish doing it, like I was being pretty presumptuous, but they were really nice about it. And even though I haven’t tried the tea yet I get the feeling anything they give as a sample would be worth trying out!
ifjuly I totally agree that there are a lot of amazing tea vendors out there. Somehow Garret still manages to stand out (in a good way) from all those others. Enjoy your tea!!
Uniquity – don’t be afraid, you almost can’t go wrong with anything from Mandala. If you are looking for pu’erh – I would suggest Noble Mark and Phatty Cake for shu and Wild Monk and Silver Buds Raw 2011 for sheng. Of course this is just personal opinion, but those four are amazing. LOL you don’t need to ease your way in – just start with the best. :)))