And... my order came last night, hooray! I quickly dove into the sample of the Jiang Chen. I've been trying out various young pu'erhs before this one, so leaping back into the aged-end was a really nice.
I agree with everything that wyardley said about the tea. This tea has the woody and medicinal qualities of aged pu'erh, but it really is quite smooth -- nothing acrid about it. It took a little bit longer to "get going" than I expected (or maybe I was paranoid about losing initial wonderfulness
). All in all, quite enjoyable, and a great deal for the price.
I'm looking forward to continuing with this tea tonight, and, of course, trying the other stuff that I ordered...!