This Liubao 1st grade was made by the Wuzhou Tea Factory under their TF Three Cranes Brand. It was made from high quality 2008 spring raw materials and kept in storage for 7-years until its release in 2015. Specifically, it is made from small, 1st grade yi ji or top grade leaves.
Liubao is an old style tea – it is an example of the historic border tea that was sent from China to nomadic people living in the border lands located north and west of China. We love it’s straightforward, earnest style and appearance.
Liubao is a simple, easy-to-like, tasty tea with light oxidation and light fermentation. Once the tea is made, loose-leaf Liubao is packed into 45-kilo bamboo baskets for storage and aging, but is then packed into smaller baskets of about 1.5 kilos of tea for retail sale. The baskets allow the tea to continue developing as air-exchange is essential for the tea to breath and age.
This tea is classified as dark tea, and can be comprised of large leaf and many twigs or finer, small leaves. Despite its rough and tumble appearance, this batch of Liubao has a light mouth-feel, a slightly woodsy flavor, and well-balanced, soft, sweet liquor. It very a light aftertaste and leaves the palate clean and refreshed. Overall, this tea is clean tasting and bright, and we think, a great tea to pare with spicy food.
The aroma is enticing and medium fermentation has kept it from becoming musty. It is tasty for drinking now and has great potential for aging as well. It has been stored carefully in dry storage and will provide many cups of good quality Liubao. Think of it as comfort tea for the cold winter months and the damp wet spring weather to follow.
Loose-leaf Liubao is similar to the Liubao bricks and beeng cha discs that we sell but offers the convenience of loose-leaf tea.
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