thanks wrote:I agree with this, although I will say the 06 Haiwan Lao Cha Tou is a better value, and tastes very similar to the Dayi version.
IIRC, Awazon and Dragon Tea House both have the 08 dayi for cheaper than what the 07 haiwan is going for, something like $14 for 250g instead of $30+ for 500g. (Not accounting for shipping).
My recollection of that particular tea is not what I thought. You are correct.
IMHO when it comes to shu, it is best to stick to the Dayi stuff. The 7262 is my favorite. There are great shus to be had by other factories, but the Dayi is considered the benchmark both in quality and value. Other factories can be a crap shoot that you usually end up losing. I'm actually thinking of investing in a tong of 7262 that has a few years on it as I do thoroughly enjoy it, and at the rate I consume shu it would last me quite a long long time. Try some samples, and see for yourself.
Also, the Lao Cha Tou really is quite excellent.