shah82 wrote:Remember, that 50 tons include the summer picking and the fall picking, and that's all the trees, good or not. The actual number for spring trees is 10 tons. 25000 cakes if all the real stuff was reserved for them.
The vast majority of LBZ produced after 2007 is not pure. Even people you like and rely on, such as the vendors that appear here or online, will have LBZ cakes, but it's simply not wise to take their claims seriously. If you like it that much, then it's worth the money. If you don't, then it's not.
LBZ appears to have had a very brief reincarnation no? probably first serious incarnation was around 06-07? well as usual with anything chinese, i wouldnt be surprised that everything started deterioriating from then.
i had the great fortune of sampling a 07 LBZ, brewed by a tea master (he probably wouldnt like me calling him that though!) and i was hooked, out of god knows how many pu erhs and poo-erhs that i had drank over the decade, i was now ready to crown the LBZ as the king, considering that the tea i had drank was very well kept too.
we took it up to 20 brews, the tea was like an energetic wild horse, it kept charging the harder it was pushed, the first seven to eight brews were thick, rich, savoury, beyond which the body was still there and the fragrance kept persevering. i particularly liked the feeling of a quick hot gulp, and then and then exhaling through the nose, you could feel the fragrance blossom from within. yumyum...