Pu Er Sheng 1998 Menghai 7542

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Pu-erh Tea
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Baked Bread, Bitter Melon, Campfire, Camphor, Drying, Earth, Peat, Petrichor, Resin, Smoke, Smooth, Spicy, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood, Whiskey, Yeast
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  • “Bought this so I could compare to the 2003 7542 from mrmopar https://steepster.com/teas/liquid-proust-teas/82124-2003-7542-menghai This definitely tastes aged. I think Camellia Sinensis’s...” Read full tasting note
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This cake was produced according to one of the most popular recipes of the world of aged teas. Since the creation of this assembly of sheets of medium grade (4) in 1975 by the factory of Menghai (2), fans have not stopped to rejoice. This version of nearly 20 years, stored in the wet environment of Taiwan, already displays the mark of time with its aromas of wet burnt wood and camphor. Its liquor, full and loaded, develops fruity and mineral nuances followed by a minty and refreshing finish. If the first infusion is resinous and slightly bitter, a guarantee of its vitality and the promise of ripening, the following are sweet and balanced. Powerful.

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Bought this so I could compare to the 2003 7542 from mrmopar
https://steepster.com/teas/liquid-proust-teas/82124-2003-7542-menghai

This definitely tastes aged. I think Camellia Sinensis’s description is spot on. However, I do find the bitterness unbalanced. This 1998 is smoother, less drying and a little sweeter (almost whisky-like) than the 2003 but not as strong with the camphor. Maybe the type of storage and 5 years more of age have transformed the acidity I get in the 2003. This tastes more humidly stored and verges lightly alkaline. The body is nothing to note; I don’t recall noting it in the 2003. Qi is calming and warming, caffeine isn’t very high — I can fall asleep without issue if had in the evening. After 3 or 4 infusions, the qi urges me to take a break. Over the next several infusions, the power is gone and the tastes devolves into bitter, peaty swamp water.

Overall, it’s ok, the feelings elicited are nice and early infusion taste good but I feel like it’s missing the depth needed to make this a very good aged tea. For the price, I pass but it is worth trying.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bitter Melon, Campfire, Camphor, Drying, Earth, Peat, Petrichor, Resin, Smoke, Smooth, Spicy, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood, Whiskey, Yeast

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