When starting with something new I often seek for experienced people or at least people whose opinion I value, respect and/or feel might be helpful. I have to admit, I usually hoped for a recommendation to experience the ‘best’ possible examples. As part of my learning journey, I found that experienced enthusiast often seemed to agree with naming their favorites or ‘best’ to the point that sometimes made me feel like they agreed that most other options were sub-par or just not good at all. I heard the same region names/brands/factories repeatedly when asking about the best and favorite Puerh. Some of them I tried while still discovering Puerh and well, I did not appreciate all of them at that point. This was mostly related to my lack of experience with Puerh and the need to open up to new experiences, tastes or in other words acquired taste.
|Wild Orange Shou - Possibly the only Puerh type I completely avoid.|
|Liu-An - I can appreciate it, but not favor.|
Later, I found a response to the article/chart by a reddit user that to me, perfectly explained how palate/taste fatigue is the main reason why experts may agree on stronger almost more pungent tastes. He explains that there is a bias existing in both beginners and experienced people's preferences:
“I have to say that this article also highlights a strong beer bias among experts, as well as the more commonly realized lager bias among beginners. I have noticed that the longer one is in the field (either brewing or being a connoisseur), the most tastes shift towards stronger beers. There is an assumption that this is due to expertise, but I think that taste fatigue and social conformity may also play a role. When you are regularly drinking strong beers, certainly within a session, but also between sessions, you are going to experience some taste fatigue and have difficulty appreciating nuances of weaker beers. Also, when you are embedded in a community that universally prizes certain experiences (Pliny the Elder, etc.), if you don't express appreciation for those beers your competency is questioned. This is a form of social conformity, and it would produce the exact same statistical convergence in expert opinions that expertise would produce.” - psychguy via reddit
|2009 Feng Qing Shou - A cheap but reliable Shou.|