TIM wrote:Your point only applies on bricks made in the CNN Party owns period. After privatization, "brick is second-best" don't really applies anymore.
Yes, it seems as though lower quality leaves were generally used in older bricks, but nowadays, that rule of thumb is less useful (but not useless).Douji is a great example
of a company that produces a high-quality brick.And here is an example
of a company that produces a tasty brick (the Xiaguan tibetan flame), but definitely uses lower quality leaves (or at least, the leaves are really broken and chopped). I've linked a 2005 version, but even the 2011 brick will look like this one.
I'm sure that we could find exceptions for any statement made on this topic. Rules of thumb are good starting points -- as in all things, the tea will speak for itself.