Hello, any tea companies wishing to send me samples, first off Thank you! I appreciate it immensely! A few things to keep in mind when contacting me:
-I have a backlog, so if you need your tea reviewed immediately please let me know before sending it, usually, I can work something out, but sometimes not. I have what teas I plan on reviewing scheduled at least two weeks in advance to give myself some wiggle room, but please know that teas will not show up immediately, it might take up to three weeks for them to appear on the blog, more so during busy times like harvests and Christmas. I also find that staggering reviews from companies give the best views, so do not expect all of yours teas at once. I also tend to group teas together and do comparisons in a post, I find this keeps things exciting and helps to keep the backlog under control.
-I try to review all teas sent to me, but as I get a lot of teas (thank you to all you generous companies who send me a pile of teas!) they don't all make it to the blog. I still have it in my mind that one day I will get all the tea notes I have taken written as blog posts, but alas there are not enough days or time. Sometimes you might notice months later a tea sent to me shows up on the blog, I do like to taste the teas fairly promptly and take detailed notes and photos, so when the review is written it is going off my notes taken when the tea was fresh.
-I prefer to review loose leaf pure teas, I will on occasion review blends and herbals if I think they look interesting. No teabags or flavored teas unless it is something special (i.e. can be brewed in a gaiwan with no trouble) I also do not review teas for health reasons, only for taste.
-I do not review Kickstarters or the like without having a tangible thing to go with it, if I am interested in it I might mention it on social media, but the blog is only for things I review after trying them. If you have sent me tea to review and are also running a Kickstarter I will gladly mention it in the review. Same with any coupons or discounts for my readers.
-I only use my own photos, the one and only exception to this rule is if something goes wrong and a file is corrupted and there is not enough tea for a second session.
This portion is to let you know how I approach things from a legal standpoint. The FTC has very clear guidelines about how to let my reader's know that some of the things I review were sent to me for reviewing purposes rather than purchased with my own money, this is to protect the consumers and businesses, as well as to make sure you as a reader know that the opinions are my own rather than being paid for by businesses.
Previously my disclosure was located on the side-bar of my blog, but experience has taught me that this is only available when looking at my blog directly and not from mobile devices or feed readers, thus making it unclear to my reader where the tea came from. Disclosures will be added to the bottom of each review stating where the tea came from and how I received it, though I hope to add this to all my past reviews, there are over 800 of them so this might take a bit. If you have questions about an unlabeled tea and where it came from please do not hesitate to ask!
Regardless if the tea was sent to me from a company, won in a contest, gifted, traded, or bought by me, it will be treated the same way. I will not give a tea sent for review a better treatment than one I bought myself, when they enter the tea desk they are all treated equally. Of course there is the caveat that I am not here to tell you what tea is good and what tea isn't, my goal is to express my experience with it through sensory feedback and hopefully inspire the readers to either try it themselves or look for teas with similar profiles. Tastes are a very subjective thing, and as I have learned from tastings with other people, one man's freshly broken hay is another's barn floor.
Another important thing to note is I do not receive financial compensation for the reviews on this blog, the only compensation I receive is the tea itself. I do have a donation button for anyone who wishes to support the blog financially, and on one occasion a business used this, but this was stated in the tea reviewed and will, of course, be stated on any future reviews where this might occur. Any ads run on the blog do not give me a financial kickback, only a discount for future tea purchases.