Due to stormageddon, I'm stuck in SFO with a box of teas but no where to brew. While running around like mad yesterday gathering gifts including Japanese erasers in shape of a lobster dinner, I brewed up some aged sheng to figure out what to take on my trip. My mother has expressed some interest in trying puerh so I tried to pack the most inoffensive mild mannered teas I could muster.
Feb. 2006, I got this Yiwu Big Tree from M&J - the first of the suspicious eBay vendors I'd burn through. When I opened the wrapper, my heart sunk- it looked like the pressing was a home job and the cake barely held together. I was such a pushover then and did not make a fuss over the fake or the XG Canger tuocha sent with a big bite taken out of it. I just never ordered from them again.
This tea responds well to weak brewing. At $27, I could have done better back then. In today's dollars, I guess it's all good.
p.s. My plan for making tea money is foiled and I lost a few thousand dollars instead. But I'm not deterred.