2012 Wuzhou TF "25017 Recipe" Liu Bao - 50 grams
I wanted to bring in a clean example of a "wet" stored Liu Bao hei cha that provided contrast with other Liu Bao teas we carry . This is a traditional,, post-fermented Liu Bao that was stored for 5 years in its hot and humid birthplace of Guangxi, China, lending it a "chen xiang" or "old aroma" usually found in older Liu Bao teas. The dry leaf presents with an aroma of beets! and clean earth which is the first clue of its earlier storage. IIt brews up a smooth, dark and earthy soup - similar to a shou puerh - but with the characteristic betel nut/areca flavor, as well as chocolate, fresh cream, clean earth and mineral notes. The soup is medium bodied with a texture that almost floats before melting in the mouth. The tea drinker will enjoy a relaxing feeling from this tea after many repeated steepings. It 's a giver.