bryan_drinks_tea wrote:I don't recognize the bricks on the right. what are they?
I am pretty sure it's 正山大葉厚磚 (zhengshan daye hou zhuan) -- 500g bricks, I think started being produced around the late 90s? I have some which the seller says are from around 1998, and it's supposed to be Yiwu area tea (slightly different stamp on the brick). Hou De sells a slightly later one
. There are two of them in the bamboo wrapper in that picture (they're very thick). I think the tea tastes pretty good for the price (and several folks who tried some locally also thought it was quite good).
The brick is the standard red on white brick wrapper, but with '正山大葉' stamped or printed on the top right corner (if you search for the characters above, you'll see plenty of pictures of the tea). As well as being thick, they're pretty tightly compressed, and I've found some little seeds and other stuff in it. So, even with some storage in a humid environment, the examples I've had have tasted pretty fresh, though somewhat mellowed.