jayinhk wrote:Well, I do use a very bitter Malaysian medicinal herb, so I can deal with extreme bitterness if I have to. Hmmm, perhaps I could just pick up a new cake and add the herb to it (which otherwise has very little flavor). Ok, for 200 RMB max, if you had to pick one to drink today, which would it be?
200 RMB, newer raw cake with very little bitterness? I just had this cake
last week, not sure if you want to risk tabao, but this vendor is selling it for 258 RMB
(I have never bought this cake or purchased from this vendor, so you are taking a risk here -I just had a sample of what I think is the same cake and it seemed to roughly fit your criteria ) Also, the cake that my sample was from brewed a much more aged soup than what that taobao vendors pictures indicate, you can compare the color.
The kuwei was balanced and not overpowering. The tea was pretty decent and near 200 RMB. The tricky thing with recommending tea is that people have vastly different tastes. I liked the cake, but you might hate it. Just like if I recommend a restaurant I enjoy and you hate that type of cuisine - it is a gamble.
Rather than gamble with Taobao, I would recommend you go to some local shops and describe what you are searching for ( a price range, a flavor profile, a feeling) and see what they brew for you. If you like something, buy a cake and go from there.