Compressed into cubes with steam, this green tea from Hunan, China, is perfect for multiple infusions. A sweet and pleasant tea, it gradually develops aromas of toffee and boiled chestnut and has a sweet aftertaste with notes of summer fruits, such as peach and apricot. Woody, faintly smoky notes subtly round off the whole.
The practice of compressing tea leaves into various shapes of different sizes has been around for many centuries. It was the easiest way to preserve and transport tea, which until the 20th century also served as currency.