ciphoto wrote:I really don't see a lot reason to try very young raw samples, of course I could be wrong.
Probably just for the sake of comparison, try something young. You mentioned you like "strong" flavors. A lot of young raw puer is full of strong flavors, but it is really a personal preference, whether or not you like those characteristics.
If you are ordering something, let's say an Yiwu tea from 2003, maybe pick up a sample - Yunnan Sourcing
is a good source for small samples - of an Yiwu from 2010 or 2011. That way, you will get a sense of what a tea from a similar region looks like after a little aging. If you could stay within the same manufacturer or tea recipe, all the better, as it allows you to make a fairly direct comparison.
I am interested to see what you choose to buy and what your thoughts are, so be sure to report back!