So today I cracked open one of the few cakes I have that has been in my care almost its entire life, a Dayi 8582 batch 801. While I may be imagining this but the cake did appear slightly darker, and while there definitely was no very golden/ copper tips, a few of the buds did appear to be progressing in that direction.
In terms of taste I actually appreciated the tea more this time than I remember ever doing in the past. While it still is not great, and is definitely quite far from being close to what I consider an Aged puerh should taste like. Throughout just about all of the brews they tasted like dried leather, and hints of tobacco, and almonds.
I do not know if I am happy or sad that it lost all of the lighter but sometimes harsh tropical fruits, but maybe it will gain some heavier fruits, or a wider variety of flavors as it ages a bit more. Although next time it rains I think I need to open up all my puerh and have a window open so it can breath in a bit more humidity.