I think this is a fair place to post this, hope I'm correct. I'm new to tea. Still looking for the fair prices, etc. I looked on eBay from a friends advice, and was drawn to the low prices and free shipping. I don't know if I'm allowed to post the sellers name, but anyways...
I ordered a TieGuanYin, Milk Oolong, Jasmine Pearls, Ginseng Oolong, and a 9pc pu'erh sampler of pressed bowls (tuo cha?)
Not impressed, to say the least. My buddy who got me into tea says he loves the milk oolong. I know it's beyond fake, and it almost makes me sick with it's overly, OVERLY buttery flavor. I think I'll trade him the rest of it for something better, since he loves it.
The TGY is very low grade, very few nice rolled balls, and not a very nice flavor compared to the one I bought locally, though it was much more expensive. Don't even waste my time re-steeping
The ginseng oolong is decent, but I've only had one other kind. I'd love to try a first grade kings tea.
Some of the pu'erh is good, but I'm no expert. Also, I hate not knowing what they are. I like the idea of website ordering so I can get exactly what I ordered last time, if I fall in love with a flavor.
I haven't tried jasmine pearls ever before, and have yet to try these ones. They look fairly uniform and smell like the jasmine green sample I got from adagio.
Any horror stories, awesome experiences, or customs nightmares? Shipping from China is a bit scary.
I searched and found nothing like this on the forum.