2013 Three Cranes 0307 Liu Bao Hei Cha Mini Cake

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Black Tea
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Black Tea
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Astringent, Herbaceous, Spices, Wood
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  • “I am slowly making my way in the world of Liu Baos. This is a good one. Tightly pressed, with not much of dry flavor besides some herbal pungency. As all hei cha teas, it produces multiple...” Read full tasting note
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0307 is a 2003 recipe for Liu Bao medium-light fermentated material for pressing cakes. Typically the Three Cranes Brand Liu Bao mini cakes are made from lighter fermentation tea leaves and are pressed with the intention of aging. In the case of this 2013 0307 cake, it was aged for 2+ years and then pressed in 2015. The aging as loose leaf gives it a head start and when pressed from wettish material the cakes will age faster and better.

The 0307 cake we are offering here is smooth and reminds me a bit of Taiwan aged raw pu-erh. It’s got a thick mouth-feel and kind of freshly cut flower stems quality to it. Sweet with astringency, mushroom earthiness, but always thick and enlivening in the mouth and body.

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I am slowly making my way in the world of Liu Baos. This is a good one. Tightly pressed, with not much of dry flavor besides some herbal pungency. As all hei cha teas, it produces multiple resteeps. The taste is bold and invigorating, with herbal undertones, fermentation, savoriness, bay leaf, some muted pungency and spiciness. It possesses a pronounced pleasant aftertaste.

This is definitely an acquired taste, somewhat similar to raw puerhs but more subdued. I am kinda like young puehrs, but prefer Liu Baos more especially in the cheaper price segment. Raw puerhs are too often fit only a very specific mood for me while this Hei Cha I can enjoy more frequently. Some people would probably say that it’s due to a lack of character… but it works for me: a very defined, unique taste is a blessing only if you are really into that combination.

Flavors: Astringent, Herbaceous, Spices, Wood

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I had my first Liu Bao this week. That tea and your review of this one are piquing my interest in the style.

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