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I think that it’s one of the best-valued YS offers.
Very potent and thick cake with hints of vegetables and mushrooms. Little bit of tobacco, strong qi, but no bitterness at all. Definetely great aging potencial! It’s a pity that so good cake is gone!

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EJC

I’m hoping they’ve yanked it for aging. In January, there were something like 79 of these available, then suddenly a few weeks ago ALL of them vanished from the international website. ALL OF THEM. Even the samples.

I smell trickery. Delicious, delicious trickery.

godric

Even more than 79 cakes. I remember approx. 80 separate cakes and more than 10 tongs in stock. I guess that some reseller or tea collector bought all the stock. Maybe because of “Hobbes effect” :)
Anyway this pu is great, but…. there is a lot of great offers and bargains from other areas and vendors.

EJC

“Hobbes effect.” I like that. Especially since that’s how I found out about this cake myself. Smart guy, that Hobbes…

I hope you’re right and the tea’s been bought by someone who intents to resell it in a few years. Until it does, do you know of anything of similar quality for the price? I’ve got about 15 samples of sheng sitting in my tea cabinet at the moment, but nothing has knocked my socks off like this bad boy except an aged cake I bought from Verdant a while back.

godric

Last year I tasted a lot of YS offers and yes, 11 WuLiang was the the best-valued YS offer. But there are some similar shengs in terms of quality and price from other shops.
I.e. great Mengku pu from ChawangShop:
2011 Mengku Wild Arbor Raw Puerh Cake – i reviewed this cake already and I really love it (thick, beautiful leaves, flavourful).
2009 Ba Hu Cun Qiao Mu Raw Puerh Tea Brick 250g – extremely flavourful and tasty, I’ll review this brick later. It’s the best young pu brick I’d ever tested.
Both offers are much cheaper than YS Wu Liang because of Lincang raw materials, but have excellent quality for the price! I was happy to buy several cakes and ten bricks. Very pleasant shop with lots of inexpensive young and aged shengs.
Or try MGH puerh from Puerhshop. Cakes are pretty expensive but the quality is awesome. The best-valued offer from Puerhshop is MGH 1105 Mangfei – thick, complex and very sweet. Almost all MGH offers are very tasty but not cheap. But cheaper than similar quality shengs from YS (i.e very tasty and unique 2011 MGH 1106 Autumn Mangzhi costs $39/400g and 2011 YS Autumn Mangzhi costs $36/250g)

I’ll post reviews about many products I’ve tasted.

Best regards

EJC

Thanks for the suggestions! I haven’t been to ChawangShop yet. Can’t wait to check them out.

I walked into a tea shop here in NYC a while ago and laughed at how much they wanted for their pu. I feel like there are two distinct markets – one for folks who have a little patience to research and age their own teas, and one for folks who don’t want to think about it. A friend of mine let me try some tea from a bing he bought in one of the aforementioned shops and it was passable, but when I asked him how much he paid for it he said (proudly) “Under two hundred.” Sheesh! Slap me silly with a wad of cash. I can’t imagine ever spending that much for a single cake.

godric

You are welcome.
That’s why there are forums/blogs/steepster where you can share your thoughts about the most favorite pu. I.e I like to hunt for bargains and I rate not only the taste and flavour notes, but the price too.

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EJC

I’m hoping they’ve yanked it for aging. In January, there were something like 79 of these available, then suddenly a few weeks ago ALL of them vanished from the international website. ALL OF THEM. Even the samples.

I smell trickery. Delicious, delicious trickery.

godric

Even more than 79 cakes. I remember approx. 80 separate cakes and more than 10 tongs in stock. I guess that some reseller or tea collector bought all the stock. Maybe because of “Hobbes effect” :)
Anyway this pu is great, but…. there is a lot of great offers and bargains from other areas and vendors.

EJC

“Hobbes effect.” I like that. Especially since that’s how I found out about this cake myself. Smart guy, that Hobbes…

I hope you’re right and the tea’s been bought by someone who intents to resell it in a few years. Until it does, do you know of anything of similar quality for the price? I’ve got about 15 samples of sheng sitting in my tea cabinet at the moment, but nothing has knocked my socks off like this bad boy except an aged cake I bought from Verdant a while back.

godric

Last year I tasted a lot of YS offers and yes, 11 WuLiang was the the best-valued YS offer. But there are some similar shengs in terms of quality and price from other shops.
I.e. great Mengku pu from ChawangShop:
2011 Mengku Wild Arbor Raw Puerh Cake – i reviewed this cake already and I really love it (thick, beautiful leaves, flavourful).
2009 Ba Hu Cun Qiao Mu Raw Puerh Tea Brick 250g – extremely flavourful and tasty, I’ll review this brick later. It’s the best young pu brick I’d ever tested.
Both offers are much cheaper than YS Wu Liang because of Lincang raw materials, but have excellent quality for the price! I was happy to buy several cakes and ten bricks. Very pleasant shop with lots of inexpensive young and aged shengs.
Or try MGH puerh from Puerhshop. Cakes are pretty expensive but the quality is awesome. The best-valued offer from Puerhshop is MGH 1105 Mangfei – thick, complex and very sweet. Almost all MGH offers are very tasty but not cheap. But cheaper than similar quality shengs from YS (i.e very tasty and unique 2011 MGH 1106 Autumn Mangzhi costs $39/400g and 2011 YS Autumn Mangzhi costs $36/250g)

I’ll post reviews about many products I’ve tasted.

Best regards

EJC

Thanks for the suggestions! I haven’t been to ChawangShop yet. Can’t wait to check them out.

I walked into a tea shop here in NYC a while ago and laughed at how much they wanted for their pu. I feel like there are two distinct markets – one for folks who have a little patience to research and age their own teas, and one for folks who don’t want to think about it. A friend of mine let me try some tea from a bing he bought in one of the aforementioned shops and it was passable, but when I asked him how much he paid for it he said (proudly) “Under two hundred.” Sheesh! Slap me silly with a wad of cash. I can’t imagine ever spending that much for a single cake.

godric

You are welcome.
That’s why there are forums/blogs/steepster where you can share your thoughts about the most favorite pu. I.e I like to hunt for bargains and I rate not only the taste and flavour notes, but the price too.

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