2004 CNNP 7542

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Pu'erh (sheng) Blend
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Camphor, Wet Rocks
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3 g 2 oz / 60 ml

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7542 is a recipe created by Menghai Tea Factory, but since then had been imitated by many smaller factories. Usually these bear little resemblance to the original and we don’t bother to pass on this designation, but this tea took us a little by surprise. Upon rinsing the tea and opening the lid of the gaiwan the aroma was unmistakably that of the Menghai Tea Factory version. When tasting the tea also the flavours were also very similar. I’d even venture to say better than many actual 7542 cakes from this period.

This tea has been stored in Guangzhou and has had very clean storage. The tea is ageing nicely, with long aftertastes, good aroma and very comfortable to drink.

This is a lovely tea for fans of the Menghai Tea Factory 7542, without the crazy prices that that fetches these days & for fans of aged puerh in general. This is already very nice to drink and will surely evolve nicely over the years too.

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High praise from EoT for this 7542 imitation cake by CNNP, but I drank it just prior to a sample of 2003 7542 Menghai (via derk, via mrmopar), and they are quite different. Of course storage is a factor, too — this one having come from Guangzhou.

I would agree with EoT’s “comfortable to drink” assessment. It is largely basement camphor, with some initial cooling in the back of the throat that moves into the top of the mouth as steeps progress. I am nearing steep-out and didn’t take detailed notes, so I’ll probably be back around on this one. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the presumably-authentic 7542 from Menghai, to be sure — it’s much less complex and doesn’t taste as clean — but will be happy enough to revisit it in the future.

Flavors: Camphor, Wet Rocks

3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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