This 7572 is from the same dealer as the 1993 7572 and has gone through similar storage. The extra eight years of storage the 1993 7572 have gone through mean this is a much different tea from the '93, and at a much nicer price!
Shu pu erh was created to replicate Hong Kong traditional storage sheng pu erh and satisfy the demand for aged pu erh here. This shu pu erh was aged in the manner sheng pu erh was (and still is) traditionally aged in Hong Kong. Hong Kong traditional storage accelerates aging by a great deal. Hong Kong is very humid, and summers are often brutally hot, too. Our tea goes through a cooler, dryer period every winter, which some believe is greatly beneficial to pu erh aging here.
While the older 7572 absolutely bowls me over with its smoothness, this tea from 2001 has lovely, thick mouthfeel and well balanced touches of sweetness, sourness and bitterness. This is definitely a smooth tea as well, and this is one of the dealer's premium selections. We don't customarily drink new ripe pu erh in Hong Kong; three-to-five years of traditional storage tends to be the minimum requirement for ripe pu erh.
The dry leaves smell of traditional storage (humid basement aromas), but this aroma and the corresponding flavor are both light, due to the dealer's decades of experience with traditional storage. Airing this tea out would help the storage aromas and flavor to dissipate (entirely, given enough time) if you aren't accustomed to Hong Kong tradtional storage. For tea drinkers here in Hong Kong, these flavors are expected and even nostalgic to us.
The dealer's entire inventory of this tea is around 3 kg.
Please note: some traditional Hong Kong tea merchants do not offer discounts on volume until I am purchasing several kilograms at a time, and in many cases, no discounts are offered at all, even for ten kilos of a single tea or more. For this reason, I cannot offer a discount on volume purchases at this time.