2007 Xiang Yi "Hei Cha Zhuan" Hunan Brick Tea

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Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Sweet, Wood, Bark, Sour, Cherry Wood, Thick
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 47 oz / 1386 ml

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  • “This is easily my favorite of the Hei Cha samples I bought from YS. Unlike the others, this was not muddy or earthy at all, but honey-sweet, slightly minty, with creamy vanilla and birch bark...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ordered a sample of this in my last YS order. Got a nice chunk of cake with a couple smaller chunks that were quite compressed but easy enough to break apart to the size I needed. The dry leaves...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve been pretty pleased with Hunan hei cha, and this one is no different. It’s plummy, a bit sweet, but with a rich slightly earthy undertone. Very easy to drink warm or cool.” Read full tasting note
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  • “Really enjoying this one all day. Lots of sour plummy taste & aroma – I actually didnt like it oversteeped, in fact ive been flashing it all day with lower temps and its just going and going....” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

This is from the Xiang Yi Tea Factory in An Hua county of Hunan Province. Xiang Yi is the second oldest producer of Hunan Hei Cha after Bai Sha Xi Tea Factory.

Hei Cha Zhuan (lit. Black Tea Brick) is composed of An Hua grown tea that’s been picked and processed with frying, rolling, wilting and then sun-dried. The bricks are tightly compressed which allows for slow but determined post fermentation. These are unique from Fu Bricks in that the golden flower spores are not introduced into the tea and as such don’t exist.

This particular brick was stored in An Hua County of Hunan from 2007 until June 2016. The smell of the dry leaf is that of dried fruit… very sweet and dense fruitiness happening. The brewed tea is sweet and thick with (not surprisingly) strong fruit sweetness (think dried plums). Tea can be infused 7 to 10 times if brewed gong fu style. We recommend loosening the tea using a pick into smallish chunks layer by layer. We also recommend using a clay pot and the hottest water possible.

An incredibly unique tea that’s also very very enjoyable to drink!

1 kilogram per brick
2007 Vintage

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This is easily my favorite of the Hei Cha samples I bought from YS. Unlike the others, this was not muddy or earthy at all, but honey-sweet, slightly minty, with creamy vanilla and birch bark flavors.

It’s also a powerhouse of a tea and will last all day if you keep the steeps short. Overall, this is a really nice, friendly tea that fits somewhere between a ripe and a raw pu erh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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356 tasting notes

Ordered a sample of this in my last YS order. Got a nice chunk of cake with a couple smaller chunks that were quite compressed but easy enough to break apart to the size I needed.

The dry leaves smell welcoming and earthy, and after a quick wash, they give off a mouth-wateringly sour aroma with a hint of woodiness. I do a quick 15 second steep to start and I’m getting a light, fruity sweet and sour flavor with a very nice woodiness.

The following steeps deliver more of the same, and I definitely get that umeboshi flavor I’ve seen mentioned about this. I’m finding the flavor to be very good and consistent across steeps, even after longer steeps. A great, fruity aroma clings to the empty cup.

I can definitely see myself buying a full brick of this and sharing with folks who may generally shy away from aged teas. Definitely very drinkable.

Flavors: Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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I’ve been pretty pleased with Hunan hei cha, and this one is no different.

It’s plummy, a bit sweet, but with a rich slightly earthy undertone. Very easy to drink warm or cool.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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Really enjoying this one all day. Lots of sour plummy taste & aroma – I actually didnt like it oversteeped, in fact ive been flashing it all day with lower temps and its just going and going. It can explode with a funky sour taste if left to its own devices imho.

Really interesting tea, a bit like aged sheng but a differentdeep sour, some bark flavour & age or storage but nothing that puts me off. pickled plum/umeboshi tea? :)

I did write a big review all day but closed the tab so its been shortened.

Glad im getting to try these Hei Cha, as I have enjoyed the two ive had so far, & want to try some more (of the nice ones).

A bit one sided in its taste perhaps, and not as complex as I really like but the aroma is a nice one & the huigan was nice in the early steeps. Now im on something like steep 10 & its softened but still pleasant.

I would buy some of this, A good alternative to having aged sheng imo, and a 250g brick would last me forever. (& only $30) I dont know where this one falls for people who know Hei Cha – is it a good one or not? Who knows but its fruity & different :)

Flavors: Bark, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Sour

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This tea is very enjoyable… smooth and round, fills the mouth no astringency or bitterness at all. The dried fruit sweetness is unmistakeable and yummy. I also detected a woody flavor, or maybe grassiness, but in a bright and lively way that only served to compliment the dark fruit flavor.

I drank this tea while doing computer stuff in a rather distracted state of mind… I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find that even when subjected to very long steep times (captain space cadet here), the tea was still incredibly sweet and very consistent. Steeped around 9 times (for varying lengths of time) and the tea was nice at every stage.

Sweet, pleasant and highly drinkable!

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Fruity, Plums, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 60 OZ / 1774 ML

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