2018 Three Cranes Liu Bao 2503 - 50 gms
Liu Bao is a Hei Cha, or "dark tea", from Guangxi, China. Being a post-fermented tea it is similar to its cousin, Yunnan's shou puerh - but from a different tea varietal and Province. Nowadays, Liu Bao is fermented then aged in bamboo baskets for up to 3 years before being "released" to drink (this tea was fermented in 2015). Much like puerh tea, the older the better. However, this tea is delicious now and it is difficult to keep it stock for long; if you don't drink it, I will!. In the olden days, Liu Bao was shipped in great quantity to Malaysia as a ration for Chinese immigrant tin miners. Appreciated for its healthful, detoxifying and thirst quenching properties, Liu Bao tea was an essential ration provided along side their wages. When the tin industry dried up, the workers returned to China, leaving warehouses full of cheap Liu Bao to ripen for years in the hot and humid atmosphere, producing (by accident) what is now regardes as a connoisseur's tea. Some teas from the 1960's can for for more than a hundred dollars an ounce!
This Liu Bao is from one of the most famous producers, Wu Zhou Tea factory AKA Three Cranes TF, and is their 2503 recipe - a blend of teas of various fementation levels to produce a rich, satisfying cup with classic notes of betel nut, chocolate and mushrooms. Enjoy brewed Gong Fu style or in a pot with boiling water much like puerh tea..