1990 Liu Pao / Liu Bao Aged Tea
1990 Liu Pao Aged Tea
This rare 30 year-old Liu Pao, also known as Liu Bao, is a post-fermented, aged black tea produced in Guangxi Province, China and is another fine example of the expert tea making skills of Mr Han senior and junior.
Due to the age of this tea it is sublimely smooth and mellow.
Produced from the bud and two leaves, the tea is processed then fermented much in the style of shu (ripe) pu-er.
This ancient art of tea making in this area goes back over 1,000 years. This tea was produced in 1990 and is some of the last tea made by the traditional making process. From the mid-1990s new methods of production were introduced. It is highly sought after and has the aroma of forest and woodlands. Taste delicate; full with hints of moss and mushroom.
Liu Pao is well known for its many health benefits, which are said to include:
- lowering blood pressure and preventing arteriosclerosis
- reducing body fat
- reducing internal heat
- relieving fatigue and
- aiding digestion
This last one is the reason that, amongst Chinese, it is regularly drunk before, with or after meals.
Although sitting in the shadow of the more famous aged tea Pu’er, Liu Pao tea is making waves across China and beyond and is currently one of the most talked-about teas on the market. Often less expensive than its more famous counterpart, it is also said to have even more health benefits; a combination really driving interest!
Woody, earthy sensations are the first thing you will experience. Tastes of wet wood, moss and bark with a thick mouthfeel, followed by a lasting tobacco and brassy finish.
Our Liu Pao tea is instantly refreshing and reviving, impossibly moreish and leaves a pleasant feeling in the mouth long after drinking has finished. Really a tea to cherish.
- Product Name: 1990 Liu Pao Aged Tea
- Weight: 25g
- Type: Aged (post-fermented) Black Tea / Hei Cha
- Where: Guilin, Guangxi Province
- Year: 1990
- Liquor: Light oak, red
- Flavour profile: Refreshing yet mellow. Sweet and smooth with aged flavours of wet wood, forest floor, brassiness & tobacco. Never bitter. Very Moreish!
- Mouthfeel: Soft, full & thick
For a more recent example of this excellent tea from Mr Han, please see our 2008 Liu Pao Aged Tea.
My first taste into Liu Bao and I wasn't disappointed by how Batch Tea described. Including how moreish it is! A quality I can't explain better than that. Bought another pack a week later. Many thanks!
Add 2 heaped teaspoons per cup (that’s around 4-6 grams) and pour on 100°C water straight off the boil. Rinse the tea by steeping for 10 seconds then pour and discard. Then steep again as normal.
Infuse the tea for 1 - 2 minutes and enjoy.
Re-infuse 3 - 4 times.
Don’t forget, you can adjust any of the measurements to suit your style!
Gaiwan / Gongfu
6-8g tea with 120g boiling water. Rinse the tea by steeping for 5- 10 seconds before pouring & discarding.
Expect 7-8 further steeps with the following rough steep times: 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 50s, 75s, 120s, 180s