Fu Brick 茯砖 [fú zhuān] tea is a very special dark tea, people call it, the mystery tea of ancient Chinese Silk Road. Fu Brick has been made firstly in 1860s, dark tea crude materials were pressed into big bamboo baskets and transported from Hunan province to Shanxi province to make further processes at that time. Fu Brick was also called Hu Tea “湖茶” as it from Hunan province, Fu Tea “伏茶” as the tea process during hottest days- Fu Tian 伏天 in Summer, and Jingyang Brick “泾阳砖” as bricks formed in Jingyang.
Green or yellow mandarin, orange, pomelo and lemon, all could be chosen as peel materials; black tea, strong-fermented oolong tea and dark tea as filler materials; dry flowers are also considered as proper fillers, rose, jasmin…; here we used ripe mandarins from a friend‘s home garden in Sicily and our Gong Ting Pu’er- Imperial Pu’er. Cut mandarins open and remove all inner parts, then put loose Pu’er tea inside,
White tea 白茶 [bái chá] is a kind of very light fermented tea, the special tea kind of the six big Chinese tea kinds, which are white, yellow, green, oolong, black and dark teas. After a harvesting, fresh leaves need to withering, dry in the sun or dry with a gentle heat, unlike other tea processes, white tea leaves is lack of rolling processes. The good manufactured white teas are mainly buds with white hair as snow or silver, white teas in China are always used as herbal medicines. […]