Great post, Immortality! Congrats on the moment. I could feel it there as I read it. I really agree with evaluation taking a back seat to enjoyment on the older teas, especially enjoyment of the physical sensation. I find really old teas can be so soft that while I love the taste, I would drink some younger teas if it were only for flavor. But the qi feeling of an old, old tea is so amazing!
I have also had the privilege of '85 8582, and WOW! That same day, we had 4 teas. all 8582: new, mid 90s, 85, and 80. I was confused about the 80, since I thought the 85 indicated the year of the recipe, but it was explained to me that the 8582 recipe is older (I think it was mid 70s-anyone care to chime in?), but was recategorized in 85 due to something governmental. Has anyone else heard this? Anyway, I loved it, though, unlike pretty much everyone else, I find I gravitate towards the solid and consistant flavor of 7542 (we did a similar tasting with 7542 another day).
I usually drink tea only before 4 or 5pm, but tonight I was offered a 1965 Yonmu Mountain (Korean transliteration...sorry!) sheng at about 6:00pm. I couldn't say no to that at midnight, even. I drank quite a bit, and now, at 10:30, I am still so wired I doubt I will be able to sleep! Talk about high energy....my tolerance is down due to travel and less regular sipping, and so this is really almost too much chaqi for me to handle right now. My lower core feels like it is on fire. But oh, what a wonderful feeling. I hope I crash out like you did, Immortal. Happy sipping all, and thanks for the read.