Finishing off the last of 2004 XiaGuan Nan-Shao Quality-Sealed "Golden Tips" Toucha from houde. My very first whole piece of puerh. Purchased back in Oct 2011.
This was a nice one (80% of the time). After I understood what worked for it brews got better and better. A couple tries in the beginning left me underwhelmed and my mouth full of bitterness. But fully my fault! Now we are very good friends
Nice lesson in breaking apart tea. Still no pick or knife, and my fingers live to tell the tale!! Only drew blood once the whole tou, nothing serious, just a little scuff on a thumb. Lots of gentle wiggling, hopeful coaxing, finger, forearm, and wrist muscles building
Relating to size of samples for a total newb in the puerh world....this one took about 100g before I felt very comfortable and happy with my outcomes. I would have a totally different view of this tea if I had only had a 25g sample. I would also have no clue how to break apart a tight packed toucha with my bare hands, I feel......more a man