Please note that due to the high humidity levels involved in Hong Kong traditional storage, the bag this tea is sealed in should be opened and left to air out for two weeks so that it acclimatizes to your conditions and has a chance to breathe. This is crucial for an optimal tea drinking experience.
This is the best traditional storage sheng I've ever had. The storage is what it should be: accelerated aging without leaving the tea with nothing but the taste of storage. The character of the 7542 is what you get, with a light hint of storage. Some Hong Kong storage is excessively humid, but this tea could even pass for humid HK dry storage! The tea is either sold wrapped in plastic or in the original wrapper and both versions still have the CNNP nei fei. This is great old school 7542 and mild and smooth enough that I could drink it every day. The bitterness has muted down to almost nothing, and the tea still tastes like wildflowers to me, like good sheng pu erh should.This tea easily performs like twenty-year-old+ sheng stored in a dryer climate.
Picture 1: dry leaf.
Picture 2: after two rinses (recommended).
Picture 3: first infusion.
Picture 4: Taken after about a dozen infusions over two days. 7542 has excellent longevity.
Please note: most traditional Hong Kong tea merchants do not offer discounts on volume until I am purchasing several kilograms at a time, and in some 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 larger purchases at this time.