Do you think that most of the teas we Westerners get online are manipulated in a certain way in order to increase sales. For example adding scents to simulate the real aroma and/or taste, making fake puerh cakes or selling fake vintage teas. Many variables are manipulated in order to stimulate business profit, but as we know this only creates a negative effect which eventually backfires the businesses involved in these sort of illicit trading practices and slows consumer demand. And because of the slowing consumer demand it would undermine business and consumer confidence.
As tea consumers we have the right to protect ourselves against this and it would be interesting to see if the Chinese, HK, Taiwanese Governments are willing to implement effective policies with that regard, for instance, a Chinese Office of Tea Fair Trading.
I'd like to hear your opinions and experiences.