The question of whether Liu Bao is black tea or not is an important one to ask because black tea in the west is not the same as black/dark tea in China.
The 2017 Hou Qinqiang Fu Zhuan from Tea Joint is a sweet and spicy tea with a calming effect. It’s perfect to drink when it’s snowing outside.
Over the course of the last few months, I have been reading and learning more about Liu Bao tea. It’s far less popular than Puerh tea so I really had to look for a good tea shop in Europe.
Moychay’s Hong Fu Jin Zhuan is a hei cha from Anhua in Hunan Province. It’s a warming and sweet tea with some fruity notes and a hint of medicinal flavours.
Nannuoshan’s 2009 Liubao is a tea that doesn’t want to let go. It’s mainly dry wood, but the texture is rich and full-bodied. You just can’t stop drinking.
Moychay’s 2015 Liubao Shu Cha is an excellent daily Liu Bao tea. The early infusions were syrupy, creamy and sweet. Herbal notes were present in all steeps.