stryder wrote:thank you for the input theredbaron! but the shipping cost need to be added and is not so cheap. It would be ok if I already new something about tea so that I could buy more than 1 cake. But I think I should fly down for a bit. I think I should go for order of 100 gr for this reasons:
-I don't know much about types of tea, so if I buy entire cake I would either be broke because I would buy over the year lot of different cakes that I will not finish or would not try different tea over the year
-sample of 20gr I think is made for someone that know a bit about "making a good cup of tea". Somebody that after the first cup know what to do to make it better (like changing infusion temperature/time or gr per cup). Since I'm not that guy I will need for sure more than 20gr.
What do you advice me to start from bannacha or DTH
I don't know the teas of those two shops.
A few things though - not finishing a raw Pu Erh cake is no problem - on the opposite. Raw Pu Erh gets better the older it is. I personally only drink my Pu Erh's when they have been stored at least ten years (in my more humid and hot climate, add several years if i buy them stored in a more dry climate). Those two teas here have lost most of their green taste, and have transformed quite well already, without having a nasty storage taste that you would have to air out for a year or two before being able to enjoy them.
I would advise you to start off with a whole cake, because 100 gram might not be enough for trying and testing as well. The next question of course is the tea pot issue - do you have a small tea pot (or porcellain gaiwan, which might be cheaper). Pu Erh is drunk different than western style tea - you do short infusion times, and many infusions (depending on tea, you can do with very good teas up to 20 or so infusions - towards the end of course longer infusion times).
But be advised - drinking Chinese tea is very addictive, and it is not a cheap hobby