I purchased this tea for $15.99 from puerhshop, kind of a throw-in I probably picked to get free shipping. When given a choice, I’d rather get more Tea than pay shipping.
This is a ripe “choco” brick molded into 18 breakable squares. Mathematically 125g doesn’t really divide evenly into 18 parts (repeating number). So depending upon how you break off the square you will get 5-7g per piece. This works out nicely for a brewing vessel in the range of 100-130cc.
This tea company was created by a former employee of Taetea, who supposedly is responsible for some of the ripe recipes when he worked there. I find this tea has the Dayi house flavor, so I can believe the story. It brews up dark and syrupy. The tea ranges from 2012-2015 and was pressed in 2015, and still needs time to clear fermentation flavor which may take awhile given the compression. I’ve had this for over a year and it still seems fairly heavily fermented. I got 10 steeps easy and the tea isn’t even going much off the flash brew time yet. It is definitely on the pricier side for a new ripe. The vendor thinks this will increase in value, but I don’t see the value in brick tea when it starts out at this price. It is a curiosity without a huge commitment, I can easily finish up a small amount of tea like this.