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Black Compressed Hubei Tea Brick Small 500g


Black Tea Brick 500g

Traditionally tea was compressed into bricks for easy storage and transportation on horse or camel, each having individual marks of regions or makers. Prior to the Russian invasion of Tibet before World War II, it was reported that in preparation for the conquest, the invaders bought up all of the available tea bricks. They felt that by controlling the tea supply, they would be able to also control the people who relied heavily on it.

China/ Hubei Province

Although tea bricks are less commonly produced in modern times, many post-fermented teas, such as Pu-erh, are still commonly found in bricks, discs, and other pressed forms. Tea bricks can be made into beverages or eaten as food, and were also used in the past as a form of currency. Due to their density and toughness tea bricks were consumed after they were broken into small pieces and boiled while traditionally in the Tang Dynasty, they were consumed after they had been ground to a fine powder. If proper brewing techniques are used a great cup of tea can be produced. These Hubei tea bricks are very tactile and always create lots of interest in displays, an unusual gift for any tea enthusiast.

Small weight 500g     dimensions are  18.5cm x 12cm x 2cm

Large weight available (please see our other items) 1100g      dimensions are  24cm x 19cm x 2cm

Origin: China

Caffeine Guide: Medium

Region: Hubei Province

Antioxidant Content: Medium

Growing Altitudes: 2000 – 4000 feet above sea level

Infusion Colour: Tending dull

Process: Compressed tea

Aroma: Slight must notes

Ingredients: Black tea

Taste: Full bodied

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Carol Jamieson (Grange-over-Sands, GB)
Beautiful tea brick

Beautifully decorated compressed brick of tea. Perfectly delivered, no damage at all. Will be used to describe a history of tea drinking in England and is a perfect prop.


Love this! Would be nice if there could be some more ‘history’ attached if possible.

C.S. (Bristol, GB)
real tea!

very nice. Difficult to chop up from the brick, so I have ordered a taster of the other loose teas to see what else there is. Came really quickly

Alistair Black (Bristol, GB)

Quick service and exactly as described

bertrand guerin (La Rochelle, FR)
good experience

very tasty black tea easier to use than birds nest tea which is often difficult to break a small piece and the delivery was fast.

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