While compressed wulongs are often found in tourist shops in China, there is only one traditionally compressed wulong, the mini bricks of Shui Xian from Zhan Ping, in southern Fujian, a few miles from the Phoenix Mountains. .
With these mini bricks, we enter from the first infusions into the world of wulongs, creamy, flowery, long and round. But after waiting for the fourth infusion the brick open fully and the tea develop all its power.
This batch of Zhang Ping Shui Xian, of high quality, comes from the same producer as the first time we tasted this tea: a great discovery and a first cultural shock in China.
The mini bricks are compressed one by one by hand, in small wooden molds which serve as both a mold and a measuring device, which explains the small variability in the weight and thickness of the briquettes.