Stash shu teabags
Adagio puerh dante
When I tasted the above, I was not well informed about puerh, so I will qualify slightly. I did follow the brewing instructions from the respective vendors and got something completely undrinkable every time. Adagio's puerh is currently sold out, so it is obvious that someone out there likes this stuff.
In my opinion, Rishi is the only domestic puerh vendor who's teas are clean enough to hold up to Western brewing (as suggested in the packaging). The others maintain a serious fishy/pond taste that is indicative of recent fermentation. This is found in most new shu products, and improves over time. New premium products are likely to be pressed this year from leaves that were fermented 1-2 years ago. This lets the factory sell ready to drink tea.
Red Blossom Nannuo Shan Shou Pu-erh, 1997
Again, I would like to try this again now that I am well versed in cooked puerh and gong fu brewing. The leaves and fermentation both look pretty low grade, though.
2006 TongQing Hao Pu-erh Tea Brick
There is no excuse at all for this tea. It went immediately to the trash. The vendors above do not specialize in puerh, and their products are high quality overall. This tea, on the other hand, was included in a sampler of 5 of the vendors cooked teas, and was meant to showcase the store. Unfortunately, 2 out of the 5 samples were undrinkable. The other three were quality cooked teas, and I am glad to have tried them.