This Liubao 1st grade was made by the Wuzhou Tea Factory under their TF Three Cranes Brand. It was made from high quality 2010 spring raw materials and kept in storage for 3-years until its release in 2013. 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.
Liubao is classified as dark tea, and can be comprised of large or small leaf and many twigs. Despite its sometimes rough and tumble appearance, Liubao is known for it’s light mouth-feel, a slightly woodsy flavor, and well-balanced and soft liquor. Overall, this batch of Liubao is smooth, sweet and full in the mouth. The tea is clean tasting and bright, and slightly fruity with a pleasant, appealing earthy aroma.
This tea is a great value for tasty, everyday tea drinking. 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. Consider a side-by-side tasting of our Liubao 2008 and this Liubao 2010. More than the difference of two years will be the overall characteristics of the leaf from each of these years.
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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