白沙溪 黑砖茶 （450g/包）
Baishaxi Black Brick Tea / Dark Tea(450 g/bag)
Bai Sha Xi Tea Factory in Anhua County of Hunan is the earliest producer of "Dark Tea" (hei cha) in Hunan and the first to produce the Golden Flower bricks in China. Tea Bricks were invented during the Ming Dynasty for easy storage and transport of teas. Bai Sha Xi was established in 1940 to produce Hei Cha bricks, then in 1953, they produced the first Fu Brick with Golden Flowers.
The most important characteristics in the processing of Hunan dark tea are pile fermenting and fire-drying with pine wood during primary processing. Without these two methods, it can not be called “dark tea.” At present, the traditional processing method is still applied to the production of Hunan dark tea, which is complicated in technique, high is technology. The processing is followed from generation to generation and kept secret.
The tea brick is composed entirely of spring harvest material from An Hua county area mountainous tea gardens. The tea was fermented a longer time using Bai Sha Xi's proprietary process, then pressed into bricks where the golden flowers [enzymes] flourish in the inner section of the brick where the conditions are just right to support them. After a few days, the bricks are dried gradually using a temperature of 37C which preserves gradually halts the spread of the flowers without damaging them or the tea leaves.
The brewed tea is orange in color. The taste is sweet, thick, with notes of dried fruit, hay, and mushrooms. It is very lubricating in the mouth and throat with gives a mild and comfortable feeling in the body.