Tea Spotlight: Brick Aged White Tea

by on Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:07:00 PM

Our Brick Aged White Tea is a staff favorite, but is a tea that we do not talk about as much as some of our other teas. Today we wanted to explore how this tea is made and why it is one of our favorite teas to enjoy.

First let’s talk a little bit about how this tea is made. After allowing freshly produced white tea to mature for 6-12 months, the tea leaves are lightly steamed to make them pliable. The leaves are then pressed into a cake that can be a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Finally, the cakes are carefully wrapping with tea paper and stored in a special tea room to help naturally age the tea to give it a unique and interesting flavor.

Similar to a fine wine, well produced and properly stored tea cakes can continue to develop better flavor and better complexities over time. Currently our brick aged white tea is around 7 years aged and continues to develop new intricacies every day. In general you can expect this tea to have an earthier and woodsier quality to it then what you would find in our regular selection of white teas such as White Peony King, Silver Needle King, and Wild White Tea.

Compressed teas such as our Brick Aged Tea, have a long history in Chinese culture. Originally teas were compressed and pressed into bricks to help preserve the quality of the tea leaves over long periods of time and long distances. Without the modern convenience of foil bags for flavor preservation and to help with space restrictions when traveling, loose leaves would quickly lose flavor. The compressed tea bricks helped preserve the flavor and even enhance the flavor over time as we mentioned previously.

Today tea bricks offer a great way to both enjoy the history of tea and to enjoy a unique flavor experience that is not found from the production of traditional white, green, wu-long, and black tea. We offer our brick aged white tea in both 1 and 2 oz sizes as well as in a full brick form. In the 1 and 2 oz bags, we have already broken apart the full brick and packaged it in a loose leaf form for easy consumption. The brick on the other hand is still a fully intact 12-13 oz rectangular cake that you can continue to age if you would like.

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