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2014 HK Dry Storage Dayi Lao Cha Tou Mini Brick (100g)

2014 HK Dry Storage Dayi Lao Cha Tou Mini Brick (100g)

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This is the first shu pu erh I'm offering from my home storage! This tea has been stored 55 and then 37 floors above sea level in my apartments in Hong Kong for two years. 

These 100g mini bricks were produced in December 2014, stored in Dayi's warehouses, and then shipped directly to me in March 2016 by a company that was one of Dayi's largest authorized dealers in Kunming. This dealer is no longer allowed to carry Dayi teas because of a dispute about selling tea under Dayi's MSRP, so I'm glad I could purchase this tea when I did!

I have long been a fan of Dayi's lao cha tou productions because of their incredible flavor and the pleasant experience they provide in the cup! Lao cha tou, aka 'old tea heads,' are the nuggets that form at the bottom of a pile of ripe pu erh during the fermentation process. These little nuggets are packed with flavor since lots of tea fluid drips down to the bottom of the pile, and the greater heat and pressure at the bottom of the pile causes these hard little chunks of tea to form. These lao cha tou can go for many more infusions than the shu pu erh higher up in the pile! 

Due to the nature of lao cha tou, it took two rinses with water off the boil and two infusions for the tea to really get going. The chocolate-bar style pressing makes it very simple to break a little off and brew it up! I went with a 150ml Jianshui pot since I wanted to really taste this tea to see how it had aged.

My home dry storage has made this tea smooth to drink and brought out raisin, date, freshly baked bread and milk chocolate flavors. These flavors will continue to develop with time, and then perhaps subside as the tea smoothens out further. Right now, the tea is very flavorful and a pleasure to drink without the harsh note and fermentation flavors they would have when first pressed. 

You might be able to find these mini bricks cheaper from dealers in Kunming, or even from Dayi's own storage (which is designed to stop their tea from aging), but compare the results of Hong Kong and Kunming storage on these bricks and I think you'll understand why Hong Kong dry storage is legendary and worth the premium! This is dry storage ripe pu erh from the city that ripe pu erh was invented for, and where dry storage pu erh changed the pu erh world forever!

Additionally, I offer free shipping on orders over HK$800 and flat rate shipping worldwide. Due to my pricing structure, the shipping cost is built into the cost of the tea. Shopline.HK, which is the site my store is hosted on, did not allow for tiered pricing when I first built the site. I've decided to keep the flat-rate shipping for now (even though certain countries are much, much more expensive to ship to).

I only have four of these bricks for sale, since I purchased these before I ever knew I'd be selling tea full-time. I'm keeping one for my own consumption, and perhaps I'll include free samples from my brick for regulars who place orders. These bricks are from my private stash! 

Brewing suggestion: Full boil, with water of low hardness (15-35 mg/L, with 1-3mg/L of magnesium). Rinse
twice, and start with 10-15 second infusions for the first two or three infusions, then add 10-15 seconds to each successive infusion. If the liquor is too weak, add more time. 

Please note: No volume discounts are available on this tea! I only have a total of four 100g bricks!

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