REVIEW: Tea Masters – 1999 Spring Menghai ‘7542’ Qizi Bing


Tea and origin: Old arbor puerh from Menghai Tea Factory, China
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Link to 1999 ‘7542’ Qizi Bing

I’ve been saving this 7542 puerh for just the right moment, when I had a massive puerh craving. This weekend was just the time. 7542 puerh from the Menghai factory is precious and much sought-after, so I wanted to make sure the timing was right for tasting.

For more about this puerh, Tea Masters’ blog post is packed with excellent information.

Tasting notes

Dry leafBrown leaves with some golden tips. Woody aroma

Wet leaf: Woody, sweet

Liquor colour: Light brown initially, but slightly darkens with later infusions

Liquor aroma: Old, wet wood

Liquor flavour: Wet, old wood is dominate flavour, although there is a subtle sweetness in the finish. Later infusions have more bitterness. It has a thick mouthfeel. Clean, bitter finish

Infusion method: Gong fu style. Infusion time: 10 to 20 seconds                                                                               5 to 6 grams of tea                                                                                                                                 100C/212F water                                                                                                                                   200ml/7oz water                                                                                                                                   6 to 10 infusions


Compared to younger puerh, the flavours in this tea are more rounded, not as sharp or bitter, and they are more refined and mellow. It has a thicker mouthfeel and a cleaner aftertaste. I tried this puerh next to a 2013, and it was clearly evident to this puerh novice just how ageing refines the flavour and aroma of puerh, and why it deservedly costs more money. Whilst cost might not make this an everyday tea for the majority of us, it is tea that all puerh drinkers – from novice to connoisseur – should experience

Retail price: 25 grams for $27.00 / 357 grams for $320.00


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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