What would you buy...?


One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

If you had $350 to spend, would you buy.......

10g of that 50s Red Mark
4
17%
1993 Menghai 7542 (357g bing)
12
50%
1996 Menghai 7532 (357g bing)
8
33%
 
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What would you buy...?

Postby Drax » Apr 22nd, '09, 20:43

A crazy left-field question...!

I gave you only three options, just because I wanted to force the decision between the three. Actually, I'm more interested in thoughts on the Red Mark -- i.e. does it live up to the hype, sort of thing.

But I'm curious if those didn't peak your curiosity, what pu'erh you'd spend $350 on?

(and no, I've already spent enough on pu'erh this month, I'm not looking to buy any of those...... yet)
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Postby Proinsias » Apr 22nd, '09, 21:21

If someone gave me $350 to spend on pu'reh I'd be heading straight for the red mark. If I'd decided to go wild with my own cash it'd probably be the 7542.
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Postby thanks » Apr 22nd, '09, 21:46

A beeng of that 96 7532. I'm in love with the stuff.
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Postby thanks » Apr 23rd, '09, 02:19

TomVerlain wrote:
thanks wrote:A beeng of that 96 7532. I'm in love with the stuff.


the 1996 or just 7532 in general ?

Young 7542 and 7532 are pretty rough. Never tried a 7532 more than 2-3 years old.

1996 is not quite at the magic 7 + 7 years yet.


Close enough, and regardless of age it's a really tasty tea. The 1996 specifically. Orange in Orange or Green in Orange. I'm a big fan of all 7532's though, I've also had a 99 that was good, but too dryly stored to show a huge improvement. Give that one a few years and it might beat out the 96.
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Postby sp1key » Apr 23rd, '09, 06:00

how much are you getting your 96 Orange in Orange?
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Postby tony shlongini » Apr 23rd, '09, 12:18

I guess the inevitable wine analogy would be "do you want one bottle of a monster

http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=13877

or 3-4 cases of something great?" The answer is, of course, both, but there's that little matter of reality which tends to creep into and rain upon such discussions.

Since I'd rather have 3-4 cases of a great first growth Bordeaux than a single legend, I'd go with the 7542.

I think the numbers I've presented are fairly accurate. A 10g sample, like a bottle of wine, is a single session, while a bing should suffice for 36-48 sessions, if you're lucky.
NB: If you try to spread that 10g sample over two 5g sessions, you deserve to have two lousy sessions.
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Postby entropyembrace » Apr 23rd, '09, 15:22

I'd go for the 1996 7532...the tasting notes at the half-dipper really make me want to try at least a sample! :lol:

The 1993 7542 doesn't sound as appealing to my palate...

That 10g sample of 50's pu-erh sure would be neat to try but $350 for a single session is just too much. :shock:

But I already spent $350 on a single tea this year. :shock: (it was a single bush dancong)
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Postby entropyembrace » Apr 23rd, '09, 16:44

It was 1kg to go into an aging collection I still have a bit of the 2007 production from that tree and it's one of my favorite teas. The order's still in SAL limbo...
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Postby tony shlongini » Apr 23rd, '09, 16:57

entropyembrace wrote:...the tasting notes at the half-dipper really make me want to try at least a sample!



Half dipper? :?
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Postby shogun89 » Apr 23rd, '09, 18:33

I'd get the '93 7542
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Postby Drax » Apr 23rd, '09, 20:47

This has been really interesting, thanks for entertaining my question!

As Tony mentioned, that's partly what I was curious about -- if you'd go for one shot at one of the supposed best, or if you'd want more of something perhaps a not as good (on a relative scale).

As you might be able to tell, I picked three things roughly the same price. The Menghais go for about 200 BP (or 300 USD right now). And the 1996 is a Green in Orange, not an Orange in Orange.

I admit, I'm seriously tempted to try the Red Mark just for the experience.

But I'll ask an extremely naive question, so please be kind! :D given Tony's statement -- I use a 150mL pot for older pu'erhs... which would amount to using 5g. What would be wrong w/ splitting a 10g sample into two sessions......?
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