It wasn't all a loss this morning. I started my session with a pot of the 2007 Douji "Six Ancient Tea Mountain", which is a very fine tea for it's age. It was my first big purchase of multiple cakes and I'm glad to have picked up as much as I did. I drink it frequently and it never disappoints. In fact, I think it tastes even better in the yixing, and the cha qi of this one is truly excellent. A great tea for meditation.
But my restlessness was tugging at my sleeve again, so after exhausting the Douji I pulled out random cake from the shelves. It was a Taobao purchase of this cake, said to be from 2005, made from "ancient" Wu Yi leaves, and stone pressed. Did I really think it was all that? Well, for the price of 22 yuan, no. But it made for some pretty pictures on the Taobao page so I added a cake of it to my order. A small price to pay for a little education.
Thanks to the many good folks who blog and post about their tea experiences (not to mention those tea vendors who offer well-chosen quality teas) I've had the good fortune to taste some very good tea. Some are truly excellent while others are just decent. But it can be argued that without the lows one cannot appreciate the highs. Without darkness one cannot be conscious of light. So it is with tea. And so it is I find myself thankful even for this unimpressive little hockey puck of a pu-erh. :)