GeoffK wrote:Also we need to be as critical about tea blogs as we are about stores. Rather than threads listing ALL the tea blogs out there and accept anyone and everyone as an authority on tea, we need to champion the tea blogs which are doing it right. And by that I mean the bloggers who have experience with tea, are giving well rounded reviews and provide the reader with enough information to help decode if a tea might be a good fit to sample.
OK I'm ranting again. As I said in the first post I'm not trying to be 'right', I just feel passionate that this is an issue worth discussing.
Also with respects to Pu-erh shop, my intent is not to single out one retailer over another with these issues. Jim I think your heart is absolutely in the right place, so I'm sorry if you felt attacked in this thread, it wasn't my intent. You've shown yourself to be a stand up business man who respects and listens to his customers, I don't want my take on 2 of the teas you sell to discolor that. See my comments as constructive criticism and not 'bashing' you. I've ordered several times from your store and because of the way in which you truly care about your customers I plan on ordering from you again.
Personally I think blogs are not that simple as not everyone is after the same thing. Personally I'm a shu drinker when it comes to puerh and I don't see myself ever getting into aged shengs and doubt if I will ever bother to try any. Not everyone is going to get into the upper end puerh teas so the opinions of people who are happy with "bargain teas" will not match the people who are after aged sheng. As a tea blogger I focus on how the teas taste now as I doubt most people really aged their shu and the few aged shu samples that I had did not strike me as any different from a good young shu. With that being said I tend to sample and enjoy the cheap shu puerh that Jim's Puerh Shop has to offer from which I've yet to buy anything from him that I did not like but at the same time I'll admit that I'm selective toward the ones that I know will be better. Sure I'll admit that some of the Puerh Shop teas were better than others but that doesn't mean that the others were not enjoyable. At the same time I should add the the main thing that I like about Puerh Shop is that Jim takes shu puerh seriously and carries a good selection of shu to choose from instead of treating shu as a second rate less than real puerh product as some other vendors do. Although personally at times I do question how helpful personal tea blogging really is as I want to focus upon enjoying the tea that is in my cup at the moment compared to ruining the moment by thinking back to older cakes long since finished that were better.