After consultation with those who have already expressed interest, this buy will run a little differently. The vendor offers 8g samples of most of their teas at very reasonable prices. I have ordered 15 samples in order to allow vetting of productions before the buy – good and bad outliers will be noted, and brief reviews will be given to participants before teas are voted on and selected. This will occur asap (probably 5 teas per day over three days).
The cost of these samples will be absorbed by the group-buy, to the tune of <$5 per participant ($55 + shipping, divided by participant count). I’ll post an explanation for that in the comments.
Additionally, I have purchased another ten samples out of my own pocket, most of which are too expensive for the current buy but which will inform future buys (if interest in premium Changtai/Yichanghao productions is sufficient). Actually, the 1500CNY cake samples are nominally the same price per gram as the cakes, so if they’re good, the final buy will likely include 8-10g samples of each of two $250/cake teas, for a mere $9.50 per share. Not bad at all
Here is the roster of samples, along with important info:
It’s also worth noting that the vendor is running a Summer sale at the moment, so the sooner I can organise this the better.