A unique Liu Bao with youth and fruity verve that fizzes on the tongue with a vitamin C effervescence.
Ripened tea is not usually meant to be consumed too young. It takes some years to dissipate that fermentation funk and reveal the clean character of the tea.
Not this Liu Bao - a 2021 tea which is singing with clarity without any off-notes while showing off its youthful quality.
Bright Heart 2021 is lively, mineral and fruit-laden. The zingy hits of sherbet, rosehip and tangerine dance alongside a saline body which makes the tea reminiscent of the experience of drinking isotonic sports beverage.
But, since this is a Liu Bao, we are also blessed with brown sugar and herbal wine sweetness intermingling with clays and wholewheat breads.
Tasting such a young Liu Bao is a joy (and I will be on the search for more). I highly recommend that you taste this alongside Deep Heart 2009 from the same producer. This will give you an unparalleled understanding of the breadth of taste in Liu Bao and the effect of 12 years of ageing on the tea.