So after coming to terms with these realities, I realize that “Snoozefest” has a different meaning all together. Offering a puerh cake at $0.08/g of fresh puerh has to be pushing that lower profit limit for most of our western puerh vendors like white2tea. For Yunnan Sourcing, a more traditional western puerh vendor, they still manage to offer a handful of these every year and probably do it within their pre-existing profit margins. Scott of Yunnan Sourcing claims that he prices all puerh on a formula not on perceived value. So, I now feel that offering fresh puerh at $0.08/g is probably a gift in and of itself. Something, I failed to understand a year ago.
Edit Jan 9, 2019: I have had a chance to drink this again a few times with harder water and in my large 200ml Yixing. It is still a bit hard on the system being so young but yet requires a full stuffing of the pot with leaves to bring out the full brilliant high notes of this tea. However, the more leaves you use the harsher more astringent bitter it becomes. If you use less leaf it just becomes insipid- what's the point of that? I recommend soft water in a very small teapot stuffed full of leaves for the best effect.
In my search for the best cheapest young sheng puerh I have to ask the question, "Would I order more for $15.00? Maybe try for it next year? I keep thinking that I likely would not mainly because the qi is just too weak in this cake. The top notes and astringency work nice together though.
I am going to wrap up this tong and put it in pretty dry storage to preserve those nice notes. In ten years the harshness will be diminished but the top will remain... see you in 10 years...