JRS22 wrote:GREENWOODSTUDIO wrote:Last of my sample of Moonlight White 2007 Sheng from Bana. I think I'll probably get a cake of this, it's very nice. No bitter, nice and smooth, sweet with a pretty long complex aftertaste. Really relaxing, meditative qi.
How did you brew it? I've still got some of my sample packet, but my first try wasn't as successful as yours.
bryan_drinks_tea wrote:Remember this? it's the 2004 Xiaguan Yin Cang Yu Er. Total Piece of Crap.
At least, it was crap when it was stored in a gluey blue box, as pictured below. I've only kept it in just it's wrapper, along with the other two, since they came in. I took this one out today to air and to see if it's made any progress.
It's lost it's gluey taste, thank goodness, and it's made some moves towards tasting like puerh. It's smoother, a touch sweeter, and while it still has ample bitterness, it's rounded out a bit. I brewed this extremely light- only 4 grams, as I was concerned about the last time I brewed this. 7 grams was enough tea to make it feel like it was peeling away my gums.
All in all, it's gotten a little better. Hopefully the storage will keep doing it's job and I can look forward to drinking these when I'm 57 or so.
MarshalN wrote:Looks like a cooked pu. This cake is no older than 1995, or at least, the paper that it came with is no older than 1995 (probably more like late 90s at its earlier). The 8 digit phone number was introduced in 1995. It's likely a decent cake though, with "shang" stamped on the paper, indicating its quality, I think. Next time I go by there I can ask them about the stamp.
TokyoB wrote:tst wrote:Peet's also carries quite an array of teas.
They offer puerh, TKY, Phoenix Mtn, Dragonwell, etc. However, I too haven't bothered trying them. I was taken off guard to see these teas sold by Peet's, though I'm not surprised. It makes sense from a marketing POV I suppose.
FWIW - Peet's teas are generally pretty decent, unlike Starbucks.
shah82 wrote:Well, let's not quite get too spun around. It's an assumption, and like in a blogpost by Gingko, where longjing sellers have problems because people don't believe it's good longjing at good prices, we *could* be assuming that the perfectly mindblowing GFZ is not actually what it is, due to our misconceptions about the market.
Now, we generally think this way because there is a pattern of elite consumers having leedle hidey-holes full of organic gardening and ranching created specifically for the safe consumption of the Party Bosses (check LA Times somewheres), while normal people have to wonder whether their pork is safe to eat, and make a run to HK for their baby formula. So, it's not a stretch to say that there are specific areas of LBZ, GFZ, Bingdao, etc, etc, etc, as well as places we've never heard of, that are not actually available to us mortals.
However, this is just a heuristic, and as heuristics go, it can be pretty poisonous to enjoying your tea! Besides, I suspect that elite demand generally circles around tea that few/nobody else has ever heard of. So it's really just your usual well-off Chinese, and all the tea merchants that cater to them that are the competitors.
The price of GFZ @ Nadacha is correct for decent GFZ. GFZ is about $200/1kg. The normal retail price is that the retail bing (357/400g) is about the same price as the per-kg cost. That pays for wrappers, shipping, pressing, travel, enough maotai to kill an elephant, cover cost of tea that don't sell, and profit.
pgho wrote:Nothing like a pot of 1998(1999?) Red Stamp Big Green Tree Yiwu to start the New Year.