"7542", 1995 Sheng Puerh Menghai Tea Factory
The "7542" Sheng Puerh recipe produced by Menghai Tea Factory is one of the most famous Sheng Puerh in existence. 1975 was the first year of production, 4 is the leaf grade (on a scale from 1-10), and 2 is the factory number. "7542" is used as a yardstick by which to compare other Sheng Puerh. Our "7542" has been dry stored to perfection in Taiwan.
This tea is incredibly relaxing. I have served this to people who claim they cannot drink caffeine due to a sensitivity...they tell me later they slept like a baby. This tea is incredible medicine. One can feel the Cha Qi in their heart, arms, hands, and even legs and feet; the Qi is very smooth and comfortable. The camphor taste and chen xiang (aloeswood) smell are prominent aspects of this tea. The tea body is very smooth; only slight astringency remains from its youthful days. The color of the tea is a beautiful dark red.
The older versions of this cake often auction for large sums of money ($10,000+). The 1995 is still relatively affordable and I think the price difference more than makes up for the relative youth of this tea.