I have a few more updates for this thread as I have been working on my samples. (All teas were brewed in a thin walled gaiwan, for about 25 seconds rounds, using 5g of tea, and various water temperatures)
The Tai Ping Hou Kui was good, it was my first time with this tea and from all the descriptions and pictures, I think it was the real deal. It had very long leaves, many with the criss crossed pressing pattern on it. It had a nice subtle flavour. Smokey, sweet, chestnutty. Reasonably long lasting flavour.
The "competition" Bi Luo Chun was next up. Also another tea I had never tried, and I was actually blown away by it! It had a great complex flavour which started off buttery and vegetal, and became sweeter and floral in subsequent brews. Its hard to really describe it, but I would recommend it and would definitely order it again.
I also finished off the regular Bi luo chun, which was nice too. The difference was quite obvious between the two though. After brewing it, it was clear that the leaves were less young and delicate than the competition stuff. Still it made a good brew and was not bad for brewing in large mugs western style.
I just moved on to the sample of Lu Shan Yun Wu. I didn`t really know what to expect but was really happy with this tea. The flavour was different than I expected and brewed for 30 seconds with 5 grams it was woody, and nutty, almost astringent but luckily not. It was kind of hard to classify and I would put the flavour somewhere between the really pronounced floral Mao Feng and a lighter more vegetal green, maybe Melonseed.
Anyway I`ve still got the gyokuru to try as well, and I`m looking forward to it. No idea what to expect compared to the Chinese greens. To anyone interested in trying more loose leaf green tea, I definitely recommend trying a bunch of samples, its very enjoyable and not to hard on the wallet! Happy drinking