I've had a reply from Jingtea.com (UK site) and I feel its only right to report back.
I wrote asking for more info about my purchase shown here...
The reply was very polite and up-beat but just repeated the info on the website. I responded with thanks but with a request for yet further info.
Who should reply but Edward Eisler - the main guy behind Jingtea. He's the one I've heard on radio, tv and read about in the press. I was very happy to get his response. In case anyone is considering this tea his info might be useful...
The 2000 Yi Wu Spring Buds (a literal translation of the characters written on the paper wrapping) is composed, as the name suggested of tea leaves and buds, picked in spring in the year 2000 from Yi Wu Mountain. Yi Wu is in Xisuanbanna in the far South West of Yunnan Province. The leaves are from wild tea trees growing deep in the mountains and the blending and compressing of the tea was done in Menghai Factory.
Yi Wu mountain is considered by many to produce some of the best tea leaves for making puerh tea. It is very remote and take about 4 hours to get to the tea areas there from Jin Hong (the nearest major city). The tea is characteristic of the tea from Yi Wu – extremely thickly textured and glycerous in the mouth, with sweetness and warmth. The warmth and fullness also come from the aging of the tea which you can see in the redness of the leaf and the colour of the infusion – when first compressed, the tea was completely green in colour. The redness will increase with further aging.
That certainly ticks the box for more info, I think!
Since I wrote my first post I have made many more brews of this stuff and I think I have finally "got" this tea. It was my first raw puerh and I needed time with it. The words from Edward Eisler make perfect sense and seem accurate to me.
I say this as there has been a slight suggestion that Jing might have supplied some dodgy tea but I am convinced this is not the case. I am also convinced that Jing (UK) is very reputable company selling very high quality tea. They are a "posh shop".
Now that I've found out how to enjoy this tea and had that reply, I just kind of feel bad in thinking Jing might have supplied me with a dud! I don't know if this tea can be found cheaper elsewhere but Jing have done the legwork and the choosing for me and I'm happy with my brew.
I'm looking forward to using this tea as my (first) benchmark for Sheng!
Anyway, thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread.