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2019 Wild Arbor Liu Bao Hei Cha Hei Cha Brick

 

This Hei Cha Brick is produced by the Famous Tea Factory name 中茶 in 2019. Wild Arbor in yunnan was used as raw material.. Then it is stored in a underfround store room for aging until 2023.

 

Since it is humid in Guang Xi , the tea age much faster than tea aging in the North. It gives a really rich wet rock and mineral note upon drinking and leaves the mouth a rich camphor and honey sweetness. Besides, its medium bittersweet gives an extra kick after swallow. It offers a good 8-10 steeps,

 

After decades of agining, It carries a intense medicinal mineral note like Fine Aged white tea and with rich camphor note blending with light floral and autumn leaf flavour. Upon pouring hot water into the gaiwan, the fragrance of aged tea just filled up the room. It taste more like tea from 1990s which surprised us. We had over 10 steeps wichout getting tired of it.

 

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.

 

 

2019 Wild Arbor Liu Bao Hei Cha Hei Cha Brick

SKU: hct014
$13.00 Regular Price
$9.75Sale Price
  • Origin: Guang Xi

     

    Date of Pick: 2019

     

    Elevation : 1000m

     

    Bud to Leaf Ratio: ~ 1 bud :  2 leaf

     

    Taste: After decades of agining, It carries a intense medicinal mineral note like Fine Aged white tea and with Strong bittersweet and each sip is like reading an old book through time.

     

    Tea Bush : Quang Xi large-leaf tea bush species

     

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