I agree with you, Brandon, that this is an unknown quantity. It's great that Jim makes a 2 oz sample available, however, and I agree with Wesli that this tea has more info behind it than most other offerings out there (with the exception of Nada's own tea, which is now sold out).brandon wrote:Color me skeptical ... I would love to hear how it goes. I am just playing down Wesli's enthusiasm.
brandon wrote:Color me skeptical. The price is tipping very close to the highest end at Yunnan Sourcing. The famous LBZ produced by folks from the well regarded Mengku factor is selling for less. These are both blends, whatever their respective descriptions imply. But this one is a complete unknown, a shot in the dark, sold at the price of a top end cake from a big name factory. This is supposed to be believed by you, because of the implied association with Xi-Zhi Hao.
I don't know the history of the XZH production every year, but I also haven't seen many premium spring cakes that are full of big ugly leaves.
And if you're really after a classic blend by XZH, just get one for the same price.
http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-Xi-Zhi-Hao-Cla ... m153.l1262
Edit: Don't let me dissuade you from trying a sample, I would love to hear how it goes. I am just playing down Wesli's enthusiasm.