2010 CNNP "Refined Hei Zhuan" Brick Tea of Hunan
An old school CNNP production from 2010. Composed entirely of spring harvested grade 1-3 material and pressed into elegant 2 kilogram bricks. Aged in Hunan for a decade plus has given this tea a rich earth and woody character, with a fruity sweetness. Steeps forever and can be pushed without getting bitter or astringent. In addition to being good gong fu style, this can be boiled and enjoyed with ghee and salt (Tibetan style).
Hei Zhuan 黑砖 is a unique An Hua style of tea that is based on Qian Liang Tea. It's a blend of grade 2,3 and 4 sized leaves. It is different from Fu Brick in that it does not have golden flowers 金花. It is quite similar to "Hua Zhuan" 花砖, but uses a larger ratio of coarse/large leaves in its blend (Hua Zhuan blend is a bit smaller average leaf size). Keep in mind that the size/grade of leaves influences the taste, but it should not be equated with "quality." For example, although all Hei Zhuan are blended from a similar ratio of leaf grades/sizes, this offering (being from wild high altitude tea trees picked in spring), will outshine another Hei Zhuan that was (for example) harvested from plantation bushes during the second spring flush. Age is another factor, but we won't get into that!
Each Brick is 2 Kilogram. If you order anything other than a whole brick you will get pieces.
Harvested in April 2010, pressed in 2010
Region: An Hua County of Hunan