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

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carol who said

I got my swap from Lariel today! Everything looks soooo good! A former policeman who lives by me saw me opening the envelope and pulling out the little plastic bags. (Can’t wait to get inside before opening, does that sound familiar?) He was teasing me that it was all pot being sent across the country. He didn’t seem to believe me. ;-p But he has noted that I get many packages in the mail!

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My last birthday gift from my husband came in the mail today…ELEVEN samples from TeaUrchin! SQUEE!!!!

I don’t even know where to begin :D

apt said

nice! what’d ya get?

Oh, what fun. Start alphabetically?

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Got my 3 sampler pack from Whispering Pines. Wow. Super fast since I only ordered from them Wednesday.
North Winds, Golden Orchid & Pine Peak Keemun.
I was expecting the order later since I thought they were out of the Golden Orchid/were waiting for new vanilla beans. Super excited I got it now though. XD

No one told me about this $5 for 3 samples thing! Must order now! :D

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yyz said

New Gaiwan and a couple of packets of free tea.
http://instagram.com/p/pT8ybhmKwj/

Pretty happy with it. It’s hand signed instead of stamped under the glaze. Nice and affordable right now as it’s price includes shipping.
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Tureen-gaiwan-ruyao/1724300711.html

Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the link…
(Are you the artist of that gorgeous painting?)

yyz said

No, it was a gift to me by my stepfather. My uncle is the artist in the family.

Wow, he’s quite talented!

yyz said

He is, but this isn’t my Uncle’s work. I really don’t know much about the artist of this piece. My uncle is into more abstract pieces.

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This was yesterday’s haul rather than today’s but I yesterday I got 2 things in the mail: half of my order from RiverTea (it was sent out in 2 packages) and a care package from Sil of various Lupicia teas!

RiverTea sent:
- Loco Lime
- Midsummer Night
- Strawberry Champagne green tea
- Mulberry White
- Golden Yunnan
- A lovely bamboo spoon as a surprise gift

Sil (thanks so much!) sent me samples of:
- Te de Frutas
- Cookie
- Chaud les Marrons
- Rhubarb & Strawberry
- The au Chocolat
- English Caramel

I can’t wait to get the rest of my RiverTea order.

Amaryllis said

I’m really interested in those RiverTea’s you got, especially the Mulberry white. Can’t wait for you reviews on them!

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DaisyChubb said

Got my River Tea order today as well! Well, got one package yesterday and the other today!
Just wanted to pop on to say that if anyone is missing, or only received half of their order, it may come the next day in a separate package! Glad I waited a day to send an email, because it is now in my morning cup hehe!

100g Milky Oolong
50g Mini Nests Puerh
50g Cherry Kiss
50g Dolce Vita
50g Happy Banana
50g Fruits Basket
50g Good Feeling
50g Magic Summer (my fave by far, reminds me of the old Luscious Watermelon from DavidsTea)
50g Loco Lime
50g Celebration

Oh boy, now I have to place another order.

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Amaryllis said

Got my teeny tiny amsterdam 2 cup teapot from english teastore.com in the mail today -finally!‘. Which I’m only going to use for samples because really it’s just too small for anything else. Holds closer to 12 ounces not 16 ounces. Still not a bad size, though

apt said

when I think tiny I’m thinking 50-70ml not 16oz haha

ive even seen 30ml pots before

Amaryllis said

Oh my goodness that must have been the cutest teapot ever. Though what on earth would you use a 30ml teapot besides a mice tea party?

Normally I wouldn’t consider it tiny either, just individual sized but I’ve got little hands – smaller than almost everyone in my family- and it fits perfectly in the palm of my hand so I usually associate that with small things. That and compared to all my other Tea ware which are all oversized western style, this little teapot looks down right dainty!

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boychik said

Joseph Wesley Classic Chinese #3 and sample of a new #3. Nice package and handwritten note. Classy. Thank you.

Yunnan Sourcing several shou cakes and simple easy gaiwan(never enough). free sample of shou. it took almost 2 months but i dont mind. Great packing, lots and lots of bubble wrap(i think i can make a jogging suit out of it),very sturdy box.

The Devotea Two Tigers and Finbarr’s Revenge came last Saturday.

Very Happy Day. Now where to put it????

yyz said

Enjoy! Sounds like a great day!

Wow that is a great day!

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wheezybee said

I just received two tins of tea from The Persimmon Tree: Thai Chai and Rooibos Vanilla Chai. I look forward to trying them out and reviewing them on my blog!

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yyz said

Some Yinhao black tea(a lower grade of golden monkey from Tan Yang).http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/6101358091.html
And a sample of blooming tea. it’s only half my order though and they gave no indication of sending separately. The tea’s packed in individual packets and they did a good job of heat sealing.

Sounds wonderful :-) hope you get the rest soon, safe and sound!

Do you order often with Aliexpress? I saw your gaiwan the other day, nice. I couldn’t help browse the site and saw amazing teaware, but deals on yixing pots just seemed too good to be true, (a $129 pot reduced at $28, free shipping!)

yyz said

I do buy a lot from aliexpress, some dealers are kind of ephemeral, but I’ve mostly had good experiences. The Gaiwan is nice eventually it will be its own piece of art as it develops its own pattern of cracks along the glaze. I’ve never bough yixing. I assume that most of the cheap stuff is probably machine made. I have bought canisters. I Really like the ones here.http://www.aliexpress.com/store/all-wholesale-products/526436.html. Sometimes you get really cheap prices when a shop s just starting out so the owners get traffic and feedback, it doesn’t necessarily mean a product is cheap or poorly made. Some stores or companies will offer occasional promotions on items as well. So you will see it discounted across all dealers who carry it. I’ve mostly bought tea. Otherwise I’ve picked up 5 ceramic canisters, and that Gaiwan ( mostly because I get Gaiwan in China Town from between 2-5$, the one store had 15 yixings, but I don’t know if I trust their provenance).

yyz said

This store had a lot of cheap yixing. It is probably all machine made but he doesn’t promise to be anything other than it is, I bought cannisters from the dealer and he was really honest about what I was getting.http://www.aliexpress.com/store/127979

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, will have a look :-)
I’m not at all familiar with Aliexpress, didn’t even know it existed until I read your posts.

yyz said

Your welcome. I’ve had fun learning about tea and regions through it. Sellers can range from Taobao resellers, people who have other business, happen to produce homegrown tea and decide to sell on their site, tea farmers, tea stores who sell on other platforms and professional tea factories, even some very old companies are selling on aliexpress. I just bought from one company that has an almost three hundred year history.

Sil select said

teafairy…back away from the aliexpress.com store…back away…

yyz said

But there are many awesome things there, if you practice a bit of caution, common sense and self control!

I’m afraid I was born with non of those qualities yyz…
And yes, I already saw MANY interesting things, lol. I think Sil is right, must keep away!!!

Sil select said

how about i pay YOU to shop there for ME lol

yyz said

Lol:)! I think I like it because I love shopping in markets. I also have a very high risk tolerance, which I guess is good considering some of the jobs I’ve had!

yyz said

Apparently it got sent in two pieces and the second piece has been stuck in Richmond since the 12 and was in customs for almost 2 weeks. Joy! The dealer sent me the other tracking number. Oh well maybe it and my other trapped in Richmond parcel will arrive in the same time.

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