I consider Scott to have very funky tastebuds. Also, his cakes tends to be much better early than later in the session. Few tend to have good back-ends of sessions. However, Scott has improved on his productions from year to year.
Also, the leaves, good or bad, that tends to go into superpremium bings are not generally available to people like Nada or Scott, at least not without hard social work. Does not mean that superpremium leaves are always better (when they are good, they usually are), or that Nada/Scott can't get his hands on something like the Nadacha Guafengzhai, which exhibits the sort of richness that I associate with superpremium leaves.
Having said all that, I'm pretty unlikely to buy any more cakes this year, and I will lower the amount of cakes I'll buy next year. I literally have so many super-premium cakes that I can afford to drink the good stuff everyday if I wanted, which is nice. I'm also more likely to simply raid Taobao for 2006 and before cakes. There are quite a few decent but forgotten cakes there. The price shock for new cakes is just tremendous. You can get really nice cakes from Wistaria Tea House for $100-$130, and they'd be from 2005 and 2007, already with some aging. I got some relatively top of the line Jingmai for $84 last year. The XZH Yiwu Chawang is still $125 for 2007 material @Houde. $90 for a YS Gao Shan Zhai, when it was $74 for a 2007 Gao Shan Zhai from not-incompetent people last year at YS.
Those leaves had better be good, and I would guess that they are, but I do not trust Scott as much as I would Nada on how reasonable the prices are. When Nada went and said, "Oh, and here's a Guafengzhai", and I merely opened my wallet and asked how much. That's because Nada productions have never disappointed me for the money, while YS has. Sometimes, Nadacha well exceeds expectations, like $65 for that Man Nuo. I thought that was expensive, but not after I drink it. I've never been that pleasantly surprised by YS, either, aside from maybe the Xikong. I bought that blind 'cause I figured it's similar to and better than the Gedeng sample I had, and that worked out. However, in general, if I were in the market, I'd buy samples first--and concentrate on the lincangs. If YS sells out before I got a chance to buy a bing, I'm not going to cry. It's pretty bad business for Scott to have those unfortunate delays in making bings. Every moment they aren't out there, fishing for bucks in the crazy market that's today's Puercha, is a yuan not in Scott's pocket.