TokyoB wrote:I find she (shop owner selling the brick Will mentioned) tends to brew everything rather on the light side. I find her '98 brick to be rather tasty. I first tried it with Will. In fact, I bought 2 more a few weeks ago but fortunately I have the option of letting them sit and age in Taiwan. I do admit they are rather drying though.
The compression [of the late 90s one] is moderately tight, and it's very thick, so I think even with natural storage in Taiwan, the result is not that "aged" tasting, though it's pretty smooth. Given that it's now living in Southern California, I almost wish it had had some wetter storage in a past life, but it's still a nice tasting tea for the price. I think the fact that it's relatively smooth and mild for its age, even when brewed a bit strongly, is a good
sign if anything, but each to his or her own. There are teas from that time period which I like better, but most of them are more expensive.
The one which Zomia sells as 1990
is a very similar design (and a much higher price). I don't think that style of brick was made in the early 90s, but I could be wrong. The color of the brewed tea does look slightly darker than I remember from the 1998 one. I'm not sure whether they mean "1990" or "1990s".