trent wrote:Not all aged sheng is great, you could try a bad sample and be turned off to it. Or you could just "sorta like it" and not be able to justify getting into puerh for the high cost. So... you could try some aged sheng for the fun of it, but I don't think it's worth wasting when you won't appreciate it.
Well, you could get turned off by any bad sample, so I don't really see how this is different from trying a bad sample of young sheng or shu. Also, if one lost sample is a significant financial loss, you probably shouldn't be getting into puerh, heh.
trent wrote:Bad young sheng does taste horrible, but good young sheng tastes amazing. Good young sheng has a fruity sweetness, bad (non-sundried) young sheng tastes like cigarette smoke. Also, when i talked to the guys a tmy local teashop about old/young sheng, they stressed the point of view that neither is "better," just different. Try some of their young sheng (I would recommend the square brick tgat Dave just picked up on his trip to yunnan from a small grower) and I think you'll agree.
Sure, but good aged sheng tastes amazing as well, and even mediocre aged sheng tastes a lot better than mediocre young sheng, and you are just as likely to bad examples of either, I think. Fair enough, I will concede that neither is objectively "better," but I doubt many people are storing their young puerh in sealed containers so they don't age, ya know?
trent wrote:Also, I don't think there's a specific order that you MUST try pu erh in, just that it's s good idea to concentrate on (HIGH QUALITY) young sheng and (5-15 year old) shu until you develop your palate more. By all means, try some aged sheng if you wish but don't waste time & money concentrating on it yet.
I said the same thing in my previous post; the order doesn't matter so much, as long as you taste some of everything. I also never said to concentrate on only aged sheng, just to try it early.
I really don't think we're disagreeing all that much; I just think one should try aged sheng early. I will concede defeat on the point that some people may prefer young sheng, though.
Also, yeah, I have had Chaikhana's address bookmarked ever since I saw the lovely cup you now have in your avatar! I have heard great things about it from other people as well, so I will get down there soon.