Tea (rec.drink.tea) Discussion relating to tea, the world's second most consumed beverage (after water), made by infusing or boiling the leaves of the tea plant (C. sinensis or close relatives) in water.

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Old 25-07-2005, 10:30 PM
Scott Dorsey
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Default Haichao Tea Blocks

Found a very interesting thing at a local Korean market.... I thought I was
buying some very dense teabags, sold by the "Yunnan Haichao Teablocks Co.
Ltd" but when I got them home I found that they were actually tiny little
compressed tea blocks, perhaps 2 cm on a side and with a depression on the
top to make them come apart better.

This stuff turns out to be a respectable jasmine tea, nothing amazing but
a slightly higher grade than the Fujian yellow box type. But the packaging
in small compressed blocks is actually very convenient for travelling
(which in fact is why I was looking for tea bags at the time).

Does anyone know these guys, and do they make any higher grade teas?
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

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Old 26-07-2005, 10:07 PM
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Does anyone know these guys, and do they make any higher grade teas?

Saw them in an Int'l Tea exhibition last year. They offer 5 varieties:
green, black, jasmine, pu erh, and mi xiang (sticky rice fragrance tea)

I've tasted the black, green, pu erh and jasmine and they were all
nice. They don't make any higher grades. Each piece approx 3 grams,
which is a bit smaller than an ordinary mini tuo cha. The pieces are
shaped like a flat square rather than a nest. Each piece is separately
seal-wrapped in an aluminum wrapping (kind of like a...condom).

To sum it up, it's a cool gimik and fairly good tea.

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