The real star of this epic tea gathering was my newest tea friend Bev (author of the gorgeous and insightful listening to leaves blog). Bev brought in a few teas including a breathtaking 1970's sheng sample from Bana Tea Company which she brewed to perfection.
This morning I finally made some time to drink the Haiwan brick, and I'm now ready to offer up my first review.
Each brick comes in a lovely little box...
...and has a paper belt with a card tucked inside (classy, eh?).
The leaves are quite beautiful...
...and the liquor is dark, sweet and a little bit "aged tasting."
I used a 100 ml glass gaiwan with about 5 grams of dry leaf. The first rinse with boiling water stirred up a lot of pleasant aromas such as peppermint, camphor and orange rind.
The soup itself was darker than expected, with mellow warming qi, and nice throat-feel. I got hints of those three formerly mentioned aromatics, but new ones such as blackberry and clove flitted about as well. The fourth infusion is when the earthier aged-flavors began to come out. Their smell sometimes reminded me of a 100 year old book with a leather cover.
I enjoyed this brick wholeheartedly.
If you're interested in adding one (or more) of these bricks to your own puer collection please email my friend Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org