First, I would FO SHO pay more attention to what scott says than anything about to follow.
I have a habit of keeping a tea shopping list. The purpose of the list is actually to get the tea out of my mind, not so much to get it into my house. I find that by writing it down, I can have that shudder of pleasure (the petit mort
, as the French would have it) without the responsibilities that inevitably follow an actual purchase. No mailman at the door, no storage issues, no credit card bill, no pressure to taste, no wondering when the hell you are going to drink ALL THAT TEA, no explaining to others, self or God, and no STDs. I have to say that in virtually every way I find it more satisfactory than the traditional form of transaction. And I intend to continue along these lines for the rest of my tea career.
With that warning in mind, here is a "shopping list" (read prOn mag
) I have for YSLLC:
2007 Guoyan * Youle Mountain Wild Arbor Raw Cake * 400g
2005 * Wild Tree Raw Pu-erh tea brick of Dehong * 500g
2005 * Gong Ting Tribute Ripe Pu-erh Mini Tea Cake 100g (soupnoodles recommends this shou, LJ 04/13/07)
2006 Haiwan "tea king" shupu brick (Hobbes suggests in comments to Bill’s 04/21/07 post)
Premium Anxi Se Zhong Oolong Tea, Fall 2006
2006 Tian Xia Old Tea Horse Road Ripe shu
This stuff has been on this list, some of it maybe for a year. I have placed several orders prolly in that time with Scott and these things are still on the list. Most of it, I have no idea why it's there (usually something I read). It is probably all more expensive than what I had in mind for the current event, but ... I could order some of it if I start thinking about it, and very well might. Some of it may not even be available. The thing is, however, I have not had sterling luck with ordering things according to what my TEA HEROS have liked. It has NEVER been as good as it sounds. BBB could be an exception to that, but he doesn't give off a lot of recommendations. Also, our TeaChat group, believe it or not, are very reliable in their assessments. Maybe it's because we are at the same level of learning.
Sometimes a long answer is less than no answer, but there it is. My door is always open should you require further assistance.