Hello experts on teachat! I need your help! I have 48 hours in this city, so I have to make a decision! Please check out these photos of the outside wrapping and description in Chinese, and shots of two different bings with the authenticity certificates inside.
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I am in Malaysia, and I found a store with way below average prices on their puerh. The guy running the shop doesn't seem to know much about tea or clay. His pots are priced about right, though he doesn't know what's what with the clay.
He has what he claims to be a 1999 Menghai 7542 going for much lower than it should be. I asked why, and he said it is because the local economy can't support expensive tea like Kuala Lumpur, so even though it is old they haven't raised the price much. He says it has been stored in Malaysia the whole time.
It looks right in the disk and in the cup. The flavor is a clear and classic 7542 taste (I am pretty familiar with this tea, and have had this particular year a few times, but I usually drink it 4 season storage, which is different than Dama/Malaysian storage). I would say it is legit and snap it up, but the flavor seems a bit hollow. Right flavors, but not enough (he brewed it strong too, using a lot of leaves, and it hit the wall only on its 5th infusion), and quite hollow on the aftertaste.
Does this look legit to any of you experts? Can the flaws I tasted be due to bad storage? Can I store it for a decade or two and get it back up to where it should be? SHOULD I BUY IT?!??! Help me please!!!!!!