This beautiful brick from the 1990s is wrapperless and without an inner trademark ticket, which means it has no vintage. Of course, this means the exact date cannot be determined accurately, but it also means that it is much cheaper than one with a wrapper. Autumn Bridge is really an unbelievable deal, and great for drinking or further storage.
The storage is immaculate. It has had the same owner since 2001, who stored it very well. The tea is clean and beautiful. The leaves are larger, with some “huang pian” mixed in the blend, which means mature leaves. These thinner leaves, which were on the tree longer, age faster and have particular flavor. We think that some of the raw material is from old trees and that due to the more mature leaves the piling was less, meaning the tea had more room to age.
This glorious tea tastes like autumn forests, earth and tree roots. It has beautiful, grounding energy and a wonderful calmness. It is light for shou, not thick and creamy like more piled teas.