Heiska is a nice raw style liubao from Hei Shan are with a good price to quality ratio. I quickly emptied the sample bag of Heiska in the hot summer days 2021.
Origin, processing, trees
This liubao was not wet piled at all but fermented more slowly over the years in hot and humid Guanxi.
The leaves are quite big and there is a decent amount of sticks.
Taste, aroma, mouthfeel
Taste profile is quite vibrant with freshness and camphor transforming more to fruity character in the later steepings.
Mouthfeel is on the medium-light side and rather clean. Slight roughness on the first brewing as usual.
Qi, TCM, my experiences
The Qi is quite balanced and harmonizing, not overly stimulating.
According to TCM Liu Bao has a cooling or warming character depending on the situation.
I recommend longer brewings and higher leaf amount.
Works best in a teapot (gong-fu or side-handle) but it’s also good boiled or brewed in a thermos.
Availability, price, source info (updated 22.09.2022)
Good availability. Yunnansourcing is usually increasing their prices 5-10% annually.
2008 Hei Shan “Old Tree Raw” Liu Bao Tea