Guilin Liu Pao Aged Tea
Type: Aged Black Tea
Where: Guilin, Guangxi Province
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
Liu Bao tea is a fermented, aged black tea that originates from the town of Liu Pao, Guangxi Province, China and 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, importantly for the way that it helps with digestion.
This last one is the reason that, amongst Chinese, it is regularly drunk before, with or after meals.
As many Chinese boil liu pao tea, we can guarantee that you cannot mess it up! Where many teas turn bitter, astringent and unpleasantly dry with oversteeping, liu pao mellows and only intensifies the earthy notes.
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 it’s more famous counterpart, it is also said to have even more health benefits; a combination really driving interest!
Watch out for Liu Pao over the next couple of years (and remember where you heard about it first!).
Fermented and aged teas in general can be an acquired taste, but are ones that tea aficionados around the world clamour for, resulting in super high prices. Ask a tea master their favourite tea and it’s likely that an aged tea will be in their top 3, if not #1.
Woody, earthy sensations are the first thing you will experience. Tastes of wet wood, moss and bark with a thick mouth feel, 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.
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Add 2 heaped teaspoons per cup (that’s around 5-6 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 2 - 3 minutes and enjoy.
Re-infuse 2 -3 times.
Don’t forget, you can adjust any of the measurements to suit your style!
Gaiwan / Gongfu
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