edkrueger wrote:This is not Zhuan tea. Zhuan tea is made of compressed leaves –broken leaves often, but still leaves– this is made of powder. I'd highly advise not drinking it.
Zhuan tea = tea brick. Zhuan - brick, can be made from any quality of leaves, the name is not about quality, but shape.
Mi Zhuan is name for this tea. Translate is "rice brick tea" - 米砖茶 .
The same brick from link up is in taobao here http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a23 ... 4821281983
. In name you can see Mi Zhuan Cha (米砖茶)
Later in the link you can reading this :
There you can see - any "binders". Which "binders" you mean ? Is pure tea, broken leaves, small like material used in C.T.C black tea. Is C.T.C. black tea not good for drink ?? And also you can see there is normal tea for drink.
Many of hei cha brick have some relief picture, but is nothing about decoration like puerh tea decoration.
Hubei Mi Zhuan is wrappered , normally is not offer "naked", you can see in this links all mi zhuan in taobao http://s.taobao.com/search?spm=a230r.1. ... lterTabBar
- 90% have wrapper, and a lot of them not have any relief - all from Guangxi and some from Hunan.
Brick with relief is traditional thing with long history, for normal drinking. I dont know what tea you drank in San Francisco but I not think you drank Mi Zhuan. (but your experience can be terrible with this tea too, I also feel a lot of popular tea have terrible taste, but a lot people drink it. Chemical flavoured milk oolong, for example...).
I not say this tea must be tasty for everyone, but is regular kind of tea for drinking here in China or some other countries. Yes, is low quality product, and can be nice to used like decoration. My father is train driver and he also have this http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a23 ... 4732317094
"locomotive brick" Mi zhuan for decoration. But I must insist on my opinion - this tea is for drink. free of binders
Here is picture of leaves "mi zhuan" tea, in detail you can see is not dust, just small peaces of leaves: