I had ordered this 250g ripe pu erh brick from Awazon from the internet. Awazon's proprietor describes the tea as " This Pu-erh brick tea is product of the year 2000, carefully preserved through Dry Storage Method (a traditional way of producing fine Pu-erh tea). It is produced with Qiaomu (arbor) tea from high mountain hundred years old tea tree in
province. It brews transparent brown liquor, and gives smooth & great aftertaste with pure Pu-erh aroma." It costs me about US$17, freight inclusive. Yunnan
Breaking this particular brick up gave me a surprise. The cake was compact and I had to use a knife for assistance. The surprise was the difference in appearance of the tea leaves on the outside of the cake compared to the inside. The tea leaves seems to be of lower quality on the inside of the brick - meaning the tea leaves looked so broken and crumbly. I have never drank this tea before and I was concerned with this findings (see pix 3/4). In addition upon brewing the tea, I found the 1st infusion slightly cloudy due to the fine tea dust.
I contacted Awazon to let him know of my findings; that maybe the distributer that sold this brick to Awazon may have shortchanged him on the sale. I received a reply from the proprietor; "