MarshalN wrote:I think thechineseteashop has enough duds to make it not a good idea for newcomers - if they ordered the wrong things they will hate puerh forever. Better to go with some safer vendors.
A sampler from banatea company might be a good idea. There teas seem fairly reliable.
Also it seems that you have been drinking shu ( cooked, ripe) puerh. Have you tried sheng (raw) puerh? They can be quite different so make sure you know what your buying. One of the great things about Puerh is the variety of tastes available. That also can make it difficult to find the stuff you like at first. So that is why people talk of tuition fees that are spent on bad cakes until you learn how to spot the good stuff.