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Liu An (Oolong) with Aglaia Odorata (Superior Grade) (100g)

Liu An (Oolong) with Aglaia Odorata (Superior Grade) (100g)

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December 2018: This higher grade scented 'liu an' is smoother and cleaner-tasting than the standard grade. There are warm, sweet, roasty oolong notes here that are reminiscent of shuixian or tieguanyin, along with black tea and tangerine-like citrus notes, which are very pleasant! There are also date notes in the finish. This is a smooth, sweet and calming tea.

This tea is very popular with the older generation. It is a pleasant, mild tea with a lovely sweet aroma from the aglaia odorata buds. While this tea is sold as liu an in Hong Kong, these teas are often a blend of loose pu erh, black or green teas. I believe this specific blend is made with broken oolong leaves (which, for this family, is historic, and also something that is exclusively their own), that are then scented with aglaia odorata buds. I can't describe the aroma of the aglaia odorata as it is really unique to these flowers: you'd have to try it for yourself. Scented liu an is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is believed to protect against minor infections and other ailments. I make no guarantees or affirmations of that sort whatsoever, but here's a link to the Wikipedia article on aglaia odorata:

This tea is sold here in Hong Kong, but almost never offered outside the region. This is a local dealer's superior grade, and I've only seen people in their 50s and 60s buying this tea. It is an economically priced and pleasant tea I always enjoy drinking, but it is not a tea I drink often. This tea is from a time when Hong Kong was much less wealthy than it is now, and this tea has historically been a popular choice for those who couldn't afford higher grade Anhui liu an tea (hence the name).

I got five infusions from this tea. This tea is clean enough that one rinse is entirely sufficient. 

Please note: most traditional Hong Kong tea merchants do not offer discounts on volume until I am purchasing several kilograms at a time, and in some cases, no discounts are offered at all, even for ten kilos of a single tea or more. For this reason, I cannot offer a discount on larger purchases of this tea at this time.

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