My order from sampletea.com came today. I'm very impressed with their samples, they are carefully wrapped and include a photo what the whole bing looks like so if you want to hunt it down later you can. Also, the teacups and pots were packed with great care. I bought this teapot:http://www.sampletea.com/product/1980s- ... -cups-40ml
Some of the pots I bought before said that were 40ml, but this one is much smaller! (maybe the ebay sellers don't fill their pots to the brim when the measure them?) Still, I like it. I always wonder if I paid too much, but it's a color and size that I don't have in my collection yet and it has no issues-- the walls are thicker than I thought they would be, but this isn't such a bad thing. Small pots can be tough to keep warm.
I wonder if this other pot from them which is 5 times the price is fives times as good?http://www.sampletea.com/product/1980s- ... eapot-40ml
I'm almost tempted to find out... like I said, they did such a good job
packing everything (each item in it's own little hard plastic box or metal tin) and labeling everything... (I have perfect labels to paste in to my tea-journal, see the sample box in the photo) -- that it inspires some confidence. I like this company.
The workmanship on the more expensive pot looks finer for certain. Hmmmmmm...but is it worth it??
Now for the cups:http://www.sampletea.com/product/1970s- ... eacup-60ml
The walls of this cup were thicker than I'd hoped. But, it will get lots of use since it's a nice color and vintage. Don't know if I'd buy more at this price.http://www.sampletea.com/product/1970s- ... eacup-30ml
This cup is very delicate and almost looks hand-painted. It's a steal at $3. perfect for tastings. (shown in the photo filled with tea)
The tea in the photo is great, by the way. An aged puerh with a very "old" taste.