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