gingkoseto wrote:If someone has special interest in 7542, maybe they could buy some sure real products and do a side and side comparison to tell. But such comparison is quite tedious because few people enjoy drinking new 7542.
Besides, I remember Cloud of Hong Kong once wrote about a dayi tea, pried open two surely authentic cakes (I don't remember why he did it, maybe the first one was not tasty and he read about some other people's positive comments on the same cake), they didn't taste exactly the same to him.
For a lot of other non-formula products, tasting new tea to judge quality basically means one has to have the skill to tell a tea's future 10-20 years' quality. I wish I had the skill. I have a bunch of mid- to early- 2000 teas that I like very much now, but didn't have the wisdom earlier to get more of these tea when the tea was newer and still available in market. I guess 90% people and 99% non-puerh professionals don't have such predicting skills, and it takes very long time and many unpleasant infusions (of harsh new puerh) to develop such skills.
7542 taste is different by the batch if ones tongue is educated enough, he/she will be able to taste it. Personally i think new tea is good taste education for beginners if they like pu erh.
The flavors, aroma, taste from new tea is just much stronger or rather intense. It'll kinda build a good reference point of the basic taste of pu erh tea.
IMHO, cloud or any review you read is true only to the reviewer. Not everyone has the same taste. Just like I learn I like drinking pu erh from glass cup better than stonewear or porcelain. The taste from these 3 materials just taste different to me, even if it's the same brew.
Something I conclude from tuition tea recently is those who gave good reviews on them likely have a taste factor or two which appeal to them. Like if a gal prefer sweeter taste and light flavors, she'll likely give a good review on a tuition tea despite being a cheap tuition tea. Same gal you give LBZ, she'll likely won't enjoy as much.
As for prediction I take it as a pitch of salt. Even if we take the storage factor away, I bet there are experts who had made bad purchases which he/she never spoken about
I bet they won't take any irresponsibility if anyone follow their predictions. (ahem, end of the world) It's really up to ones decision to follow.
Experts are just people who gained respect from others due to whatever reasons. But if he/she really have the skill/talent is really another story
Some may disagree, but it's ok