Hello, I haven't had any pu-erh and I've been doing alot or research on the topic as well as reading blogs. I have to admit that I dont feel like I know much more about it than I did when I started. Between all the vendors and the factories it can be a little overwhelming. I contacted Scott at Yunann sourcing and he recommended the following raw and cooked:
I'll list a few teas in each category that I feel might be interesting and good.
2005 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa Tuo" Aged Ripe Pu-erh tea tuo in box
2007 Menghai Tea Factory 7262 Ripe Pu-erh Tea cake
2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Dragon of Jing Mai" Ripe Pu-erh tea mini cake
2009 Mengku "981007" Recipe Ripe Pu-erh tea cake * 400 grams
2006 Menghai "San Ji Pu Bing" Ripe Pu-erh tea cake * 357 grams
2011 Yunnan Sourcing "Man Tang Hong Gong Ting" Ripe Pu-erh tea cake
1996 CNNP "Green Mark Te Ji" Ripe Pu-erh tea cake
2002 Menghai 7592 201 Ripe Pu-erh Tea cake * 357 grams
2010 Menghai V93 Ripe Pu-erh tea tuo
2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Qiu Yun" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh tea of Yi Wu mountain
2004 Xiaguan "Crane Label" Te Ji Raw Pu-erh tea in box
2006 Mengku "Gu Hua Cha" Raw Pu-erh tea cake * 400 grams
2000 Gu Pu Er "Green Mark Qi Zi" Raw Pu-erh tea cake * 357 grams
2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Chen Xiang" Aged Raw Pu-erh of Wu Liang Mountain
2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Ye Sheng Cha" Wild Tree Purple Tea of Dehong
2012 Menghai Tea Factory "7532 201" Raw Pu-erh Tea cake
2002 Yi Wu "Ancient Spirit" Raw Pu-erh Tea cake * 330 grams
2002 Feng Qing "Jia Ji Tuo Cha" Aged Raw Pu-erh tea
2011 Yunnan Sourcing "Pasha Mountain" Autumn Raw Pu-erh tea cake * 400 grams
2003 Wu Chi Dao "Mengku Zheng Shan" Raw Pu-erh Tea cake
2011 Yunnan Sourcing "Mu Shu Cha" Ancient Arbor Raw Pu-erh tea cake
I would only order samples of some of these.
A lot of these say where they come from, but I'm having a hard time understanding where some of the teas talked about in the forums come from. I read about things that I might like to try and have no idea where to find it.
I would like any feedback on these suggestions as well as a point in the right direction. Is there any factories/vendors that you prefer for certain types? I'm sure that alot of this has been discussed and would appreciate any links to threads.
I can see that this tea is going to cause me many nights without sleep.