Wan’s 90s gift
Wan’s 90s gift is a nice classical style 90s liubao with a good price to quality ratio.
Origin, processing, trees
No special info available as usual for these aged liubaos. Quite light initial fermentation. Aged in Malaysia.
Mika Hannola’s tasting notes
Mika is a tea professional in Finland and was kind enough to help and give his impression of this tea.
The dry leaves have a nice light woody and mineral scent. The aroma of the brewed tea faintly resembles porridge and root vegetables, particularly rutabaga/turnip. The tea is easy and gentle to drink, with no particular bitterness or sweetness in the taste. The mouthfeel is semi-thick and soft with a slight dryness.
This tea didn’t give me a noticeable warming or cooling sensation. It made me more sensitive and focused while meditating or going over thoughts or body sensations. Overall, a very classic liubao tea, which is always nice!
Taste, aroma, mouthfeel
Taste profile is quite vibrant with medicinal and camphor notes. Reminds me a bit of aged liu an.
Mouthfeel is quite good and balanced. There is a slight roughness in the early steeps. Not super thick mouthfeel like Four Gold Coins.
Qi, TCM, my experiences
The Qi is slightly on the stimulating side and also has a trippy depth to it.
I’ve drank this tea many times but just lately I’ve been getting into more trippy “void” states. Especially when blending it with Gentle Home (35/65 Ws90sgift/GH). I will continue experimenting this blend further. At the moment it seems even a bit too strong and unstable.
According to TCM Liu Bao has a cooling or warming character depending on the situation.
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 21.02.2022)
Not available (big amounts) during this group order (February 2022). If you would like to have this tea please let me know and I might be able to arrange!
This tea comes from a friend of mine in Malaysia (not Chantingpines or Cha Zhi Ji). And I don’t think it makes sense to share his information.