Exempt wrote:If you search there were issues with aged dayi a year or two ago
I don't know what experiences others have had with them. I have never gotten a fake. I have always gotten good tea, usually to my liking but not always. And I have always gotten good service. Just because you have had a bad experience doesn't mean everyone has.
AllanK, it seems, Exempt comes with this comment every time puerhshop is mentioned on this forum - just check with the search. There must be something personal.
The known tea blogger he mentions currently is not blogging about tea at all, and in the past she wrote few reviews and none were positive. It looked like drinking pu-erh only hurts her, but she kept trying.
As for puerhshop, its owner, Jim, has made his statement on the issue at the time it was actively discussed, but has chosen not to leave it on the product page forever. It is his right, I suppose. There are many generic CNNP wrapper teas that are claimed to be 7542 from late 90s or early 2000s, some made on Menghai factory, others not. And, in most of cases, the claims of the exact recipe number, origin or age are hard to prove. Even telling the exact age by actually tasting a tea is not generally possible (certainly not with that blogger's experience, I believe). Depending on the storage, even a 10 y.o. tea may taste very green or rather matured.
Anyway, puerhshop's own teas are often as good, as those from other popular western stores, like YS, White2Tea, or EoT. For most of the teas they sell, including the disputed ones, one may buy samples and decide for herself. One should always start with samples anyway.