Jing Gu Xiao Fang Zhuan (Green Puer Brick) 2009 100g

Jing Gu Xiao Fang Zhuan (Green Puer Brick) 2009 100g

In China, brick shaped puer tea is called Bian Xiao Cha or "Border Sale Tea" which refers to the fact that this style of puer was originally sold on the borders in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Mongolia.


In Tang Dynasty (618-907) histories, it has been written that these communities consume large portions of dairy. Without these teas, the people experience digestive sickness from their local diet. Even now, these communities still drink these teas with every meal. It is very rare to find brick teas being consumed in most major chinese communities. There is a famous saying in these minority communities, " We can have one day with out food, but we could not stand one day without tea." In observing these ideas, Chinese medicine concludes that these teas strongly aid in digestion.

The Puer tea brick is usually compressed tighter than a round shaped puer cake, because when the tea is packed tightly it is less likely to absorb moisture.  The tight packing makes it sturdy, so it travels better and is easier to store.  This tea is very good for nomadic groups, such as the Mongolians. A nomadic lifestyle is lacking in fresh vegetables, and green puer provides a high level of nutrition to help supplement their diet.

This puer brick is special for its mao cha. Whereas most bricks are made of broken leaves and tea dust, this brick is carefully processed with 3rd and 4th grade tea. The makers of this brick take pride in their work, the leaves are hand processed so they all lay horizontally (to make sure no leaves are broken). Then the tea is steamed and compressed very tightly into a special mold. This tea brick is designed to be small, and is molded for easy use for people who want to explore Puer tea but are not ready for a large investment. The mold makes it easy to understand how much tea to use for each serving; one square is one serving.

When brewed, this tea shares a lightly sweet aroma. The color of the liquid resembles fresh apricots and is very clear and clean; there is no murkiness or dust. This tea's mao cha comes from the Lin Cang tea area in west Yunnan. The mao cha from this area is very robust, giving a very strong personality to the finished puer. The flavor covers your whole mouth and creates a long finish. After a few cups, you can easily find a smooth lightly sweet flavor on the back of your tongue and throat.

Region:  Lin Cang County, West Yunnan Province
Tea Bush: Yunnan local tea bush
Harvest Time: April
Grade: 3rd-4th grade
Weight per piece: 100 grams
How to store: Store in a dark, well-ventilated area with less than 70% humidity.  Less than 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F.  Store in the paper or fabric, not plastic.  Keep away from odors and fragrances.  Brewing vessel: glass cup, gaiwan, glass or porcelain pot.

Brewing Guidelines:
1st infusion -- break off one or two pieces (like a chocolate bar) per 12 ounces.  Use boiling water (212F) for 3 minutes
2nd infusion -- 2 minutes
3rd to 6th infusions -- 3 minutes

Infusions: at least 5-6 times

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Green Puer Brick in box
Green Puer Brick unwrapped
Green Puer Brick cupping
Green Puer Brick leaf configuration
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