This Three Cranes Brand Liubao was pressed in 2009 from broken leaves and buds that were harvested from 2006 – 2008. The bricks were released for sale in 2011. The wrapper is mis-printed with the 2011 date – it should be the 2009 date.
The broken leaves yield a stronger taste and a darker color in the cup. Nevertheless, the the aroma is pleasant and the taste is strong, thick and nutty with a sweet aftertaste. This is a great choice for an everyday, all day drinking Liubao. It should be ideal for long term aging, too.
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