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Liu An with Aglaia Odorata (Standard Grade) (100g)

Liu An with Aglaia Odorata (Standard Grade) (100g)

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This type of liu an 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, the blend is supposedly based off loose pu erh, black and green teas. I believe this specific blend is made with broken oolong leaves (which for this family, is historic, and also very unique!), that are then scented with the 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 medicinally 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 standard 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 three infusions from this tea when brewing it quite lightly. It should be good for four to five (or more) infusions when using more leaf. I brewed this tea with water at full boil and rinsed twice, but 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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