I gave myself a treat opening an old Taetea (aka Dayi) ripe pu erh tea over the Chinese New Year weekend. This is a 100g loose ripe pu erh packed in a paper box. Produced in 1993 (you can see the stamp pressed impression in the 3rd pix), the tea leaves appeared to be small leaf grade.
This is one of my oldest pu erh tea in my collection and when I started brewing this tea, I had or was expecting, I don't know, maybe fireworks coming out of my ears or getting seriously tea drunk after the tea session. None of these dramatic effects were present, but instead I was treated to a very comforting pu erh tea session. The tea was very smooth with aromatic old antique wood and herbal scents and the tea glided down the throat easily. 8 very good infusions.
But I digress. When you are having a tea session with friends or you are at a teashop sampling tea with 3-4 drinkers present, you can tell whether a tea drinker likes that particular tea - that is - the tea cup empties very fast. You will also observe that the tea drinker will (myself included) be 'looking forward' to each cup of tea. One more thing, when you are at a teashop sampling tea and when you had enough of tea, stop drinking or your teacup will continue to be refilled. Alternatively, you can drink up the tea and tell politely, while returning the empty cup to the host, that you do not want any more refills.
I noticed my tea sessions with this Dayi ripe pu erh normally finished in a very short time. I drink this tea fast.