We are delighted to present Liu Bao Grands Crus to you for the first time. It is a dark tea that originates from China, specifically Guangxi province. The name Liu Bao comes from the village that originally produced this tea. While dark teas are now famous across the world thanks to Pu Erh teas, Liu Bao creations remain a well-kept secret. Yet, their aromatic abundance is every bit as good as Yunnan teas. As with Pu Erh teas, Liu Bao teas can be stored without spoiling, and even get better with age.The Liu Bao is a Hei Cha (dark tea), this means that it is fermented. There are two ways in which this tea can be fermented: it is either put into contact with steam before being stored in a cellar for the time that the fermentation takes place, or it undergoes accelerated fermentation in a similar way to Pu Erh Shu teas. This Liu Bao tea has been produced in the same way as Pu Erh Shu, except it has undergone short fermentation in a cellar (around 18 days).
A dark tea with wooden, finely spiced and fruity notes that unfurl within an elegant, smooth texture that has a long finish.
- Guangxi, China
- Tea colour:
- dark tea (Liu Bao)
Appearance: rolled leaves and buds
Colours: dark brown with copper glints
Scents: wooden, nuts, toasted hints
Scents: wooden, cinnamon, caramel, subtle coffee bean notes
Aromas: wooden (dry and damp wood), finely spiced, licorice stick, barley, humus, areca nut, caramel
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: an elegant Grand Cru with a long finish, as well as intense nutty notes, supported by a round and thick texture. This exceptional tea is a great opportunity to try a complex and well-balanced Liu Bao that has aged like fine wine. It reveals all its aromatic abundance when prepared using the Gong Fu Cha method.
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4' minutes in water heated to 90°C.
With the Gong Fu Cha (teapot/Gaiwan): infusions during 30-40 secondes.
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.