I have never encountered a good book on tea - yes, this includes Okakura
Thanks to Jing of London for providing this sample, where it sells for
£135 £132.50* ($200). A mighty price, but, as I wrote before, I'm sure that Jing aren't interested in selling to the likes of me and thee. They do a decent job of getting tea through to the masses (i.e., the sane majority of the population that has no interest in reading about tea via the internet, which rules us out), and they've been in the national press a few times here in Blighty.
"Sweet tobacco and blahblah flavours with a blahblah mouthfeel"
Though I don't have an image of the wrapper, it's one of those old-fashioned Dayi with a big, chubby red "Dayi" in the centre, and large simplified characters around the edge that read "Yiwu Zhengshan" [Yiwu proper-mountain].
This tea cooks up a straight orange, and tastes malty and woody. It has some sticky tar in the nose, reminiscent of huangpian [yellow flakes]. With some length to the body, ending in a very decent kuwei [bitter note], and almost possessing a huigan [sweet aftertaste], this is enjoyable.
My teapot, Zidu [purple belly], has developed a nice patina over the years
By the third infusion, it has become rather monotonous, and so I pack up the leaves into a flask to continue brewing in the background at work.
*Jing Tea has asked me to correct my price from £135 to £132.50.