[quote="TomVerlain"]since I am a maverick, I am not going to answer that question, but answer a different one.
"what should I buy to get a well rounded taste of pu'erh ?"
I think first, define how much you want to waste on this endeavor.
Second, Shop online, I like ebay, but vendors like puerhshop and hou de are online as well. (for extreme fun, try best tea house hong kong, ask for "88 cake")
Great advice!!! I'll take out a loan, if I can find one, and order the the "88 Cake" from The Best Tea House in Hong Kong" At current exchange rates Its a bargain at 341.72 U.S.