Mind sharing some experience in your collections of LBZ teaism? Love to learn more
pics of the cakes pretty please?
My apologies, kind of lazy to take pic, perhaps later ok. I will share some experience on LBZ and this is my personal journey and may or may not be the right or wrong way. I started looking at LBZ in 2007 when an old tea master highlighted the tea to me. At that time the Puer market has just collapsed and I was thinking maybe they were desperate and wanted to present some good stuff to win back some confidence. I bought from a small producer who is based in Yunnan and he personally went there to buy from the minorities to process the tea. The same tea was catalogued in the 2007 puer guide book by Wushung Book publication. The first time I tried it, I was really impressed and started to buy some. It was expensive that time but I would just accumulate a small and modest collection for personal consumption. Over the years I collected the 08, 09 and 10 from the same producer and then after that, there were no more stock from him due to high demand and high price.
Along the way, came many "mind boggling claims" LBZ from various producer and I usually brewed them together with those I have. By paring both tea, we can only assess the quality. So far those cheaper and claimed to be genuine ones are a disappointment.
I am not saying those that I collected ones are pure LBZ or not, but so far the taste are really fantastic and the leaves are definitely not blended.
You can tell buy lining up every single leaf after brewing ( which is what I normally do when assessing tea). Most of the time those blended types have different shades and shape of tea leaves.
Over the years, I brewed LBZ for newbie, oldies, ladies etc and all of them have the same high praise for the tea. I usually don't reveal the tea before brewing, to be polite and also let the guest enjoy them per se.
So, what do I think? Yes I would pay for it if it is that good. It is crazy some would say, but that is my personal choice. I just buy in small quantity and enjoy it.
In tea and also in antique collection, " some fools buy and some fools sell"