This Liubao 1st grade was made by the Wuzhou Tea Factory under their TF Three Cranes Brand. It was made from high quality 2012 spring raw material and kept in storage for 3-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 (via the Tea-Horse Route and other long-established ancient trade routes) to nomadic people living in the border lands located north and west of China. We love its straightforward, earnest style and appearance.
Liubao is a simple, easy-to-like, tasty tea with light oxidation and minimal 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 to develop, as air-exchange is essential for the tea to breathe and age.
Liubao is classified as a ‘dark tea’ (the same broad category that includes Pu-erh) and can be comprised of large or small leaf and include few-to-many twigs. Despite its sometimes rough and tumble appearance, Liubao is known for its 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, appealingly earthy aroma. The overall style of Liubao is softer, lighter, and generally more accessible for casual drinking than is the style of either sheng or shou Pu-erh. However, there are many similarities; and the differences in Liubao are the result of the leaf used, aging, terroir, and storage prior to sale.
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 several of our Liubao. More than the difference of years will be the overall characteristics of the leaf from each of the manufactures.
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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