lordsbm wrote:gingkoseto wrote:That's one of my favorite large type of tea forums I can't say puerh board is my favorite board there, but it's one of the places with greatest diversity of opinions, which is more important than many other things, especially for puerh.
I do personally feel some people there are over-enthusiastic about xiaguan and dayi. But I also think it's understandable enthusiasm, and xiaguan and dayi are indeed respectable. Besides, some of the xiaguan and dayi die-hard fans there are very well-seasoned tea drinkers. So probably sometimes they are quite right
I think to most of them only DY, XG, FL, LC produce good tea. The rest are hit and misses.
That forum is useful for a newbie like me, there's a higher chance I'll find a review there of a particular tea I want to try. Then help decide if I want to buy it or not. The truth is only after I try that tea and if I like it or not.
There are hundreds of new posts every day in that forum. I never fail to find several interesting ones every time I visited it. But I would imagine one can get lost easily if using other people's review as references, since there are too many of them. The sample distribution might be more helpful because you get samples to taste. These days good samples are grabbed rather soon. But that forum is one of the few sample hubs where you get (mostly free)samples from various producers. Before last year, I got probably over 100 or more puerh samples in total. Many of them are new sheng, but good chances to taste different things and various producing styles. Some of them are nice arbor tree. Over all of them, probably 5-10 are xiaguan and dayi, a couple of lingcang, most are boutiques, many arbor tree teas.