Well, I got a package in two days ago from Health Tea House with two mini puer cakes in it. I just finished the first tasting of the 2006 yr LongYu Yunnan Raw Puer tea Cake. Link is belowhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/141721625831?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
This cake is $5.50 per 100 grams with free shipping. I think if you get it on Ali Express it is nearly a dollar cheaper. If you do the math for how much a 350 gram cake equivalent would be, from ebay it would be $19.25. Again, that includes shipping.
The smell of the cake is earth, smoke, menthol. Wet leaf smell is sweet wood and smoke. The taste is smooth smoke, very smooth earth, slight cooling effect. As steeps go on, it becomes a little bit juicier and more white fruit-like with some lasting sweetness. Slight, pleasant bitterness with quite high astringency. This could just be the way I brewed it and the fact that I used a significant part of the cake for one steep. The liquor is amber-orange, reminiscent of roasted oolong colors depending on the intensity of the steep. Much darker than what it shown in the pictures. Overall, it delivers many elements I desire in a shu with some of the elements I prefer in a sheng. Lingering aftertaste is floral and a feeling of mouth/throat being coated is present.
I can only comment on this relative to the 2005 CNNP 1938 Anniversary Yi Wu Zheng Shan Pu-erh I have been drinking. All other puerh lately has been shu, despite my preference for sheng. I prefer the CNNP personally since I like acidic, sour sheng with a slightly lighter liquor, but I think I will put in another order for two or three more of this Long Yu cake after I compare to the Yunnan Sourcing stuff I have coming in.