We have two boys staying with us from Shenzhen, China right now for three weeks. One of them brought me a disc of puerh from Menghai. It's a "Feet Of Crab" cake from his father. I was reading up on the cake and it turns out some people (Western) say not too drink too much because of the blending with the tea tree's specific form of mistletoe. Does anyone know anything about this? Also, the cake has a stamp for special grade but how would I authenticate this and, if it's not too much to ask, is there any way to tell the date of disc without opening it? It's currently sealed in plastic and wrapped in the standard paper.
I am very seldom in puerh territory and I know it's a passion of many here. Years ago my wife's father's Taiwanese business and governmental friends brought us a disc of puerh while visiting the U.S. It was in a special handmade silk bag and we were told cost over a $1000 U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, since we didn't really appreciate puerh, tending at that time to drink mainly high mt. Taiwan teas and Japanese green tea, not knowing very much about puerh (this was probably eight-nine years ago and I had no interest then in puerh) we drank some and thought it wasn't bad. Now I feel what a mistake our ignorance was. I'd much rather have passed the disc onto, or shared the disc with, someone whom could have really appreciated the value and flavor of the disc. Compounding our puerh ignorance, after it sat 2/3 unused in the pantry for a while, I think my wife threw it out figuring the tea was "old." Can you imagine?
Total loss, complete shame. I hang my head in shame.
I found "Menghai Feet Of Crab" puerh mentioned here (viewtopic.php?f=20&t=7045&p=207492&hilit=menghai+feet+of+crab#p207492
) but have yet to find some really solid advice on this type of puerh. I read that it may be unhealthy if consumed in large amounts. I'd be grateful if anyone could shed some light on it for me, I so seldom delve into puerh territory. In fact, receiving this disc brought to mind the story above.