The expression-of-interest survey is here. The final cost-per-share, timing, and candidate selection reflects the responses I receive. If you participated in the previous round and know you aren’t interested in this one, drop me a message. THIS SURVEY IS STILL ACTIVE AND WILL BE USED TO COLLECT EMAIL ADDRESSES SO I CAN CONTACT YOU ONCE THE BUY GOES LIVE. FILL IT OUT IF YOU WANT IN. and that’s a wrap.
UPDATE: Based on the responses to-date, here’s the line-up for a given number of final participants and a share cost of $40 (plus domestic shipping). I think we can count on ten participants, anything else is gravy:
Base lineup: 04 NQW Bulang, 03 CNNP Red Mark, 03 6FTM Mansa, 05 NQW Banzhang
11 participants: Base + 07 2211
13 participants: Base + 05 NQW Blue Peacock
14 participants: Base + Peacock + 2211
16 participants: Base + Peacock + 2211 + 05 Changtai Lao Chen
17-20 participants: as per 16, but with slightly smaller shares and lower share cost. I’m hard-capping it at 20 because I think that ~17g per tea is a reasonable lower limit for figuring out if a tea might be worth buying.
Get cracking! The sooner I can get an idea of numbers, the sooner we can lock this down. Given the current responses, a 30-40USD share is looking likely, as is a payment deadline of mid-June.
As an aside, a reminder that cakes from previous rounds can be purchased at any time (as long as they’re still in stock) and shipped with the next round, or immediately if you’re impatient and don’t mind paying a little more for individual shipping. Don’t feel pressured to jump on the round 1 cakes if you want to see what future rounds have to offer.
SAMPLE ROUND 2 CANDIDATES
2005 Changtai Lao-Chen Bulang ($0.15/g)
Vendor stores in Guangdong. I’ve since read opinions of this cake ranging from decent and drinkable (in 2018) to “worst sheng I’ve ever tasted” (shah8, 2010).
2003 6FTM Mansa ($0.17/g)
Vendor stores in Guangdong. Prices for Mansa these days are pretty high. To my limited understanding that may not have been the case in the early ‘00s, and 6FTM isn’t particularly desirable (nor considered particularly consistent), so there’s a chance this is what it says it is – a strong Yiwu-ish tea
2003 CNNP Red Mark Red Ribbon, First-batch ($0.21/g)
Kunming-stored until 2009, then moved to Guangdong.
2001 CNNP Yellow Mark ($0.17/g)
Vendor stores in Kunming. Almost certainly not what is claimed. Leaf looks decent, as does leaf and liquor hue.
2004 Nanqiao Bulang ($0.39/g)
Vendor stores in Guangdong. This is a tea I own and bought a second cake of. The profile is balanced, smooth and complex with a strong presence. Depending on brewing vessel and parameters, this has swung from relatively savory to possessing a strong aged sweetness (as opposed to the sweetness of young sheng. A very good tea, and my strong recommendation as the first of the >30c/g teas to include.
2005 Nanqiao Banzhang, First-batch ($0.34/g)
Vendor stores in Guangdong. (Xin)Banzhang origin is plausible, but anyone’s guess. Advertised as having a strong flavour and sweetness with initial fading bitterness, so if it’s not Banzhang, hopefully it’s at least a solid Bulang.
2005 Nanqiao Blue Peacock ($0.34/g)
Vendor stores in Guangdong.
2007 CNNP Red Mark 2211 ($0.08/g)
Vendor stores in Guangdong. This is a total wildcard I’m throwing in because it’s stupid cheap and only a few bucks for a 40g share. It looks like it might have some maturity to it, I’d guess it absolutely can’t be what it says it is, this is exactly the kind of BS cake this kind of group buy lets people test for peanuts.