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2016 Homemade Liu Bao Hei Cha - Home Sweet Home

 

This Hei Cha Loose Leaf is homemade by a local farmer Mr. Chan with leaves harvested from his backyard in rurual village in Quang Xi in 2016 and stored at his home since then. Well, he got a pretty well untouched and well preserved mountain as his backyard.

 

As its names says, this Hei Cha is made of the large leaves and only need short steeping to give an intense flavour. It is sweet as imeprial grade ripe puerh and with a stronger kick of mienral and herbal note. It is still still young, it would be interesting to taste it after 10 more years!!

 

Here come with a brief history of Liu Bao (六堡), like Puerh is a fermented tea traditionally from Guangxi. It is fermented and dried in a long delicate process in preparation for further aging. Part of the process involves wet piling for several weeks to allow fermentation to take place. The degree of fermentation depends on the amount of time the tea is wet piled and can differ depending on the intended outcome.Guangxi province is located south of Yunnan, neighbouring Guangdong so features average daytime temperatures between 12 -22 degrees and humidity between 70 -85%. Perhaps perfect, with its short, mild winters, and long, very hot and humid summers for fermented tea production.

 

Liu Bao is definitely calmer on the stomach than any of the ripe or raw Puerh I’ve experienced. It is well known to warm the stomach which in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a yang organ and therefore prone to yang deficiency where there isn’t enough heat to process and absorb the qi from the food or yin deficiency where there is insufficient fluid to hold, descend and transform the qi from food. Hence Liu Bao tea that does both in giving heat and fluid is perfect for more delicate stomach constitutions. These virtues are expressed in the Qing dynasty poem attributed to Cheng Yuandao

 

This tea is very intense (strong cha chi), a very short steeping is recommended. Phenolic compounds are very flavorful, as most tea connoisseurs will already know. The unique phenols in this Liu Bao perhaps gives it the well appreciated and unique taste profile that many people describe as sour cereal or woody herbal taste, classically though it is described as having a “betel nut” aroma/flavour. This unique flavour profile is like a black sheep among other teas. It is not everyone's cup of tea but if you fall into it , you will appreciate the unique experience it offers.

 

 

2016 Homemade Liu Bao Hei Cha - Home Sweet Home

SKU: hct008
$12.00 Regular Price
$9.00Sale Price
  • Origin: Guang Xi

     

    Date of Pick: 2016

     

    Elevation : 800m

     

    Bud to Leaf Ratio: ~ 1 bud :  2 leaf

     

    Taste: As its names says, this Hei Cha is sweet as imeprial grade ripe puerh and with a stronger kick of mienral and herbal note. It is still still young, it would be interesting to taste it after 10 more years!!

     

    Tea Bush : Quang Xi large-leaf tea bush species

     

    Caffeine: Medium caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)