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black or green tea that has been pressed into small bricks. Black brick tea is manufactured from the screenings and crumbs that remain after the sorting of black baikhov tea. Green brick tea is made from the leaves that remain after the harvesting of the high-grade tea leaves (in the autumn and spring during the forming of the tea bushes). The leaves undergo withering, rolling, initial drying, fermentation, and final drying. The semifinished product is then placed in steam chambers at a temperature of 95°–100°C, pressed in molds on hydraulic presses, and dried in special chambers to a moisture content of not more than 11 percent. In Mongolia and the USSR (Altai Krai and the Tuva ASSR) milk, lard, salt, and various spices are ingredients of green brick tea. Black brick tea is not manufactured in the USSR.