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A few months back I found a huang-pian offering from an off label on a Chinese site that I’d have to say is simply the very best ripe I’ve tasted so far. It’s an ‘06 called simply Banzhang Thick Brick. Most ripes go in the mouth and down the gullet impressing the drinker with incremental variations this way or that in terms of sweetness, mustiness, astringency, and body. Huigan and yun, being what they are, usually don’t produce a lasting effect similar to raws, Moonlight Whites, or Yunnan gold. This is where this brick really excels. Lot’s of productions after some time often have that “old section of the library” taste, newspaper, or cardboard, especially as they age. I’d be interested to know if others have experienced this and if it is attributable to too dry a storage. My Hailanghao Thick Brick, for instance, has started to express this without going through a sweet stage from its original husky astringency. It also expresses a taste similar to freshly rancid grapes, the taste you get when you pack some for a trip in a basket in a hot car for an hour or two. Not sure what to make of that taste.
Anyway, this brick doesn’t have any of that. It’s as though it were wet-stored for a very short time before being dry-stored. The must, though there, only adds a certain character, which compliments the sweetness. The first few infusions release an evident camphor effect and taste in the huigan. Then there are spice notes of cinnamon and ouud. These notes just linger and linger in the mouth. It also yields quite a number of infusions, more than 10 per six or seven grams ina 150ml pot.
Flavors: Camphor, Cinnamon, Earth, Spices, Wood
This is my first tea review, and my first sheng puerh cake purchase.
This tea has a slightly unpleasent storage taste on the first few steeps. The taste improves and mellows out around steep 5 in my opinion, its very delicious at this point. But let me tell you this tea is a tongue buckler, it is tannic! Im told this is good for you…
I picked this tea up off of ebay for 15$ for 357g free shipping. If you can find this tea at that price, i would absolutely reccomend this.
Flavors: Apricot, Barnyard, Earth, Tannic, Tannin