"7542", 1995 Sheng Puerh Menghai Tea Factory
The "7542" Sheng Puerh produced by Menghai Tea Factory is one of the most famous Sheng Puerh in existence. "7542" is used as a yardstick by which to compare other Sheng Puerh. Our "7542" has been dry stored to perfection in Taiwan.
Arguably, the most important aspect of old Sheng Puerh is the Cha Qi (Tea Qi). 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.
Our 7542 has been vetted by Tea Master Vesper Chan, the man who popularized the "Ba Ba Qing", the 1988 "7542". The 1988 "7542" has auctioned for ~$10k per cake and the 1995 is only 7 years behind it. This is a significantly cheaper way to own a piece of tea history and the tea material and storage is arguably equivalent to the famous "Ba Ba Qing" from 1988.
A note about aged Sheng Puerh: Authenticity is an important factor to consider when buying expensive tea. You can find many "7542" cakes for cheaper, however, how do we know they are real? Is it first flush "7542" or inferior material? Remember, Vesper Chan describes how he sent back the second round of cakes he received as they were much worse than the original cakes. Are these cakes not on the market somewhere? Even if it is real 7542, how was it stored? We have witnessed many good teas ruined by improper storage. We believe it is worth it to pay for a tea you know is authentic. If you are trying to determine the authenticity of another "7542", get a sample of this tea to compare before buying. We do not want others to be cheated.