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2017 High Roast Dahongpao Brick (100g)

2017 High Roast Dahongpao Brick (100g)

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These lovely bricks were made at an authorized factory in the same city Wuyishan is in, so these bricks must comply with PRC pesticide and quality standards! Many of these bricks don't come from authorized production facilities, but these certainly do!

My supplier told me these were made with broken leaf from the bottoms of boxes of first quality dahongpao (blended), and I must say, I am very impressed by the price-to-quality ratio of these bricks. I believe this material would wholesale for twice as much as these bricks if it wasn't broken.

The aroma of the dry brick (my sample brick measured 106g with shrink wrap) was very enticing and smelled like good dahongpao with the very slightest hint of aged aroma, perhaps from oxidation. These bricks have been stored sealed and will ship vacuum sealed as well. The roast has mellowed with time, and these are high roast by Wuyishan standards, not HK standards.

I chose to brew one of the squares (11.6g) in a 350ml porcelain pot. Some people like to boil these bricked yanchas, and that method will certainly work fine, but my porcelain pot worked a treat! I diluted to taste at one point when the tea got too strong, but since I kept topping up the teapot, it was a very enjoyable experience from start to finish.

It took one-to-two minutes for the square to open up at first, and the liquor was nice and dark after. You could rinse these by pouring off the water after the first one-to-two minutes, but I didn't. 

The liquor was smooth and clear, with classic blended dahongpao flavor (possibly shuixian and rougui in this blend). There was more distinctive fruitiness, however, which I associate with a good blended dahongpao. The tea was also nicely calming. I mostly brewed out the square and had a very good session, even though it was my second session of the day. I was able to elicit some light astringency, but it was very tolerable. The material used for these bricks certainly was of an excellent quality!

There was also excellent minerality in the aftertaste after a few refills, but it was well balanced. The brew from this tea is really very well balanced and I'm amazed at how good the material used was. The fruity dahongpao aftertaste is longlasting, and I got some floral character in the later cups that rose up after the swallow (very pleasant). 

I probably would never have tried one of these bricks, since many are made with low-grade material, but I trust the provider of these bricks and that trust certainly paid off! I expect these bricks to be very popular.

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