I just bought these two bricks - I have no idea what they are. I don't want to open them just yet, but wondered if anyone has any ideas on what they are. (I want to leave them sealed to get them through customs)
The first, looks like it might be a pre-2005 brick as it has no info on it that later tea wrappers do. Through a tiny tear, the leaf looks very dark. I did not get to see the tea or taste it. The guy showed me an open cake labeled 1990 and seemed to indicate it was the same, but have no idea. I can see the neifi a bit through the wrapper and it is not the zong cha colored one, but has the paragraph in black ink.
The next is a brick - weighs at least 500 g if not more. The seller indicated is was very good - using her hands to indicate lots of chi. I had a cup and it was very dark, expresso colored, no wet smell or taste and had a pretty big black twig in it. She had brewed it before I got there, so I did not see any of the tea. I am in taiwan and speak no chinese and the sellers speak no english. So it is an adventure.
in any case, these might be horrible cakes and a waste of money, or turn out to be nice. I will update once I get home and can open them and look at the leaves and brew them, but right now I am pretty curious as to what they could be.