Nice one guys I’ll do that. Looks like @minrivertea is going to be getting an order from me in the near future…
cool! Everything’s good, but I’m on a mission to get people hooked on the Old Iron. Unfortunate name, but it’s a really nice tea halfway between a red and green oolong. Or, if you like green oolongs, got fresh 2012 Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) coming in about a week, and a stunning Dan Cong oolong too.
Brighton boy!! Whereabouts? Spent 6 years there previously but only remember 3 of them 🙂
Good question! I don’t tend to do it religiously, but if I’m going to buy large amounts of tea rather than just for pleasure, I’ll eat an apple or drink some hot water beforehand normally. There’s also a few things (for me it’s bread) which can really affect the taste of the tea – not just negatively, but sometimes a tea can have a really nice refreshing aftertaste depending on what you’ve been eating before. Maybe there’s someone out there who knows more about the science side of things?
You run a blog reviewing teas – it’s fine that you can earn money through your blog, but there’s an assumption that you are being open, reliable and honest when you make judgements on the quality of a tea. It’s an insult to other tea reviewers and bloggers out there to be anything else.
Instead, you passed your opinion on my teas, without having ever tried them, simply because I unfollowed you on Twitter. All I’m trying to accomplish is to defend an insult to the quality of my teas, and to the months and months of dedicated effort I put into sourcing them.
Brian, I spend months of the year travelling around the Fujian Province in
China (where I live, permanently) sourcing great teas that are
affordable, and come from good farms using traditional methods. My tea
doesn’t come in sachets – it’s loose-leaf. Quality is exceptionally
important to me personally, and our many satisfied customers in the UK
will attest to that. My whole business is built around honesty, good customer service and the quality of our teas.
I’d really appreciate it if next time you want to post flippant negative comments on Twitter about any tea company, you actually buy their tea, or take the time to contact the owner up front and ask for a sample for review.
Right, it seems you haven’t – that’s disappointing. Brian, I’m pretty confident that you’ve never tried my tea, but I’m willing to be corrected. I’d be happy to accept any evidence that you have tried it – an orderID, a Paypal transaction ID that I can cross-reference, even a photo of you with the original packaging. Send it to me privately if you want. If you can provide that, I’ll accept your judgement of my teas and we can call it a day.