I've started drinking young sheng less frequently, since drinking it every day gave me a bit of a stomach pain (at least I think that's the reason). From now on I think I will have to be content with only drinking it every other day or so. (On the upside, the aged stuff seems much more gentle on my body.)
So I'll probably be switching between sheng and shu from now on. While I do very much like shu, I find sheng more interesting, and to be honest I have a harder time distinguishing between the different shu puer that I've tried.
But yesterday I went back to a cake that was gifted to me back in November. I received two of cakes of (the same) shu, from the family of my girlfriend (they are friends with the owner of a teashop). I always found it very nice, and when I drank it yesterday I quickly realized that unlike much of the other shus I've tried this one very much stands out from the crowd. It's very consistent throughout the brews, has a very full body and pleasant (long lasting) aftertaste, just all-around very nice.
So I decided to see if I could find any vendors selling it. Here's two pictures (one of the unopened cake, the other of the wrapper information on the cake I've started on)
Well, none of the vendors I've used previously seem to carry it. So I went to taobao, just to see if I could find it there.And I think I did
... But it goes for 2009 RMB. I found one other vendor
selling the same cake, he too charges 2009 RMB for it. And then I noticed that cakes from other years also sell for a price that corresponds with the year of production (i.e. 2013 cake goes for 2013 RMB).
What's going on here? Is this some sort of gimmick, charing one RMB extra for new cakes every year?
It's a very tasty tea, but I can't say I find it that much
better than the "normal" Menghai ripe teas I've tried to justify the 14x price tag.