shah82 wrote:The Chinese Tea Shop out of Vancouver does have some 15yo 7542 which doesn't have the greatest reviews.
Sampletea does have what appears to be a somewhat nonstandard 2004 7542-425 in purple wrapper, which does have good reviews. Also a 2001 that's probably very expensive.
Chances are, no individual will sell that sort of tea absent financial distress, because you do have to sample it first to examine the storage.
The problem I have with sampletea is they don't talk about storage...and I'm no storage whiz, but I wish they would say...stored in kunming/guangzhou/hongkong/whatever so I could have a little bit of a clue of what it might taste like. it could have been stored in Iceland for all we know...
Correction/Edit: They do have a Hong Kong Stored section. Is this another case of a vendor saying their storage is better than someone elses? the pu-erh game seems to keep getting shakier to me but I'm keeping my head up anyway.
I don't know about that 2004 fangcha, but concerning things mentioned in this topic:
1) 2001 7542 - supposedly in Malaysia, but very, very dry. Too dry to be good, imho.
2) 2004 7542 - also Malaysia, but naturally - well aging. Some people said it's weak and not that good, but the sample I had was great. I'll get a couple of cakes soon so I'll be able to tell more then.
3) 1995 7542 - not Menghai production and also FTDTBG (far too dry to be good).