Aaargh, work! I could never do such a beautiful job as you have with this thread. So, I guess I am supposed to sort of imitate what you have done with some drop dead gorgeous photos, great design, and persistence. You know we already have several great threads about the tasting sets from Jim.
Well, I do have a number of teas from Puerhshop and I am very enthusiastic about some of them ... so I guess I could start some sort of ruckus.
Right now, however, I am totally drugged out on this 2008 Lao Ban Zhang & Man'E
sample from Hai Lang Hao. Think: ginger ale, new leather, wood, smoke, camphor. There is not fruit here, no mushroom, little sweetness. It's about pungent aromatics and it can be astringent … not a nice tea at all. Occasionally a little oily on the lips, but not enough, not heavy enough in the mouth. This is a bad boy, and I refuse to pay $56 for a 2008 cake!
But for all that, here I am in the 11th inning thinking that in months or maybe a year or more no other tea has so much reminded me of what I crave in every puerh cup I drink. Dang, this stuff sneaks up on you!