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2017 Three Cranes Super Grade Liubao #2 (100g)

2017 Three Cranes Super Grade Liubao #2 (100g)

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December 15th, 2019

This is the second of two super grade liu bao from 2017 that I'm putting up: also from Three Cranes and fully tested for pesticides according to Chinese standards (with none detected). This is a very clean, smooth liu bao that I've had in the warehouse for two months. This liu bao has much less storage aroma and taste to it than the other, so I'm sure some people will much prefer this liu bao to the other (this one is also substantially cheaper).

I could only detect the storage note in the cup from the second infusion onwards, even when brewing in a Ru kiln gaiwan. This is a thick, smooth, clean tea with pleasant balanced bitterness, kuwei, and surprising huigan. I get clear betelnut notes from this tea in the later infusions. The storage note, while evident in the second infusion onward, is very light. The cha qi from this tea is excellent and I felt it after a few sips from the first cup.

This is truly an excellent liu bao from the most trusted name in the business: Three Cranes. I'm very wary about cheap liu bao from lesser known producers due to the widespread use of pesticide in the tea industry, as well as the importance of hygiene with pile fermentation. As I get older and mature as a tea drinker, I no longer wish to take gambles on cheap ripe teas!

If you've been on the fence about trying liu bao, this is a great way to try a traditionally stored tea from 2017 that I am really very happy with. I may have to get one of these baskets for my own home consumption since liu bao is rapidly becoming one of my favorite teas.

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