lordsbm, are you talking about ming yan hao? I like them a lot, and sometimes could tell they try to follow the "unwritten rules" of the "industry" and also try to be honest to consumers. For example (and now it's my gossip
), once they had a zhang jia san dui product with a "ban zhang" wrapper. They made quite open claim that the wrapper was made by the trader that would sell their tea in Hong Kong under a different trademark. On the one hand, the producer will let the trader put on a wrapper they prefer. On the other hand, the producer wanted to protect their reputation by telling their own buyers where the tea is really from.
Ya min yan hao
I'd grown to be their fan, checked their TB store every other day. To my knowledge they help supply shops, so I can understand they have odd wrappers. So in term of the sales circle, getting from them is a step below getting direct from farmer.
Zhang jia san dui is like xiao ban zhang, actually a lot of TB sellers own tea are "fake" wrapper, the very least min yan tells u the source. I think the last one was a 28RMB (naka?) bing that they say you may get wrapper saying bing dao, ban zhang, etc
The dan qi seller I mentioned above also value for money. The very least they do have 2 retail shops in Yunnan. I recall reading a very short common in a China forum, that someone claims he visit their shop often. How true don't know.
But there's a guy who claims he found hair in their tea. I have 6 bings from them haven't open, will go on hair hunt when I do.
Dai jian xingzhe also sell value for money tea. The few negative feedback I found is their tea are often "burnt".
The latest recommendation to me is jipu hao. One of the three known scholars tuition tea. A couple of guys said their mid range tea are pretty decent and value for money. Their 2012 邦崴茶王树春茶 gotten a pretty good review from a known pu erh tea reviewer.