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Topic: liu'an ID

I know you can't see that much of the ticket. Looks like it's a modern replica of 'Sun Yishun' (孙义顺 / 孫義順) liu'an from the ticket. I got this at Best Tea House Canada about 4 years ago; at the time, it was claimed to be 20 years old.

Guessing would be 90s, and seems similar to this tea [no - I did not pay that price for it]:
http://store.thechineseteashop.com/Prod … =LA-92-001

[click for larger image]
http://soulrebels.com/teadrunk/liu_an1_SM.jpg
http://soulrebels.com/teadrunk/liu_an2_SM.jpg
http://soulrebels.com/teadrunk/liu_an3_SM.jpg

2 (edited by gn? 2012-02-12 18:22:18)

Re: liu'an ID

I think that is a mixup at thechinese tea shop it is the exact same pricing as his "antique" (formerly 70's) lui'an. It used to be substatially cheaper. How is the tea I have only tried several lui an 80's and younger but have not been blown away by any but the two 50's lui an  that I have tried were some thing quite special.


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Re: liu'an ID

gn? wrote:

How is the tea I have only tried several lui an 80's and younger but have not been blown away by any but the two 50's lui an  that I have tried were some thing quite special.

The one that I have (from Best Tea House, and probably $80 US or so at the time) is not bad - fairly smooth tasting and a little medicinal, but nothing really special. I am not sure if it's really quite as old as it was said to be.

I have had old liu'an (from around the 20s, I believe) once or twice, and while it was excellent, I wouldn't say that I've had enough experience with older liu'an to really judge or have much of an opinion. Even with liubao, which I've consumed a lot more different examples of, I have a hard time describing, or even recognizing the differences as much as with a tea I'm more familiar with.

I have another one, a New York Chinatown find by a friend -- I think the one I ended up getting was newer than some of the other baskets at the store, because the baskets I have are a bit bitter and unpleasant tasting still. Since it was really inexpensive, I'm not too worried, and will see how it tastes after some more time.

Where did you get the 50s liu'an? My understanding from the articles was that production stopped in the mid-40s, though export continued through the late 40s.

Re: liu'an ID

I have been drinking Liu An since I was a little boy(iam 46) , much of the influence was from my grandfather who drank a few brews a day & swear by the great health benefits of it, how it can help to remove toxicx, phlems and damp heat from the lungs and system, maybe he is right, he lived over 90 and was very healthy throughout his life. Over the recent years, liu an 's speculation has created a lot FAKE tea in the market, all claiming to be over 30 years old.  I have even met a a Chinese guy who specializes in fake liu and puer for the last 5 years and have given a few sample to try, I was in fact speechless after tasting it. It was pretty close to the "real thing" and even has amazing CHA QI. With me at that time was a Taiwanese tea expert who  swear by how he can taste a fake tea easily. Before we started the tea testing, the guy did not tell us about this fake tea but rather told us this is a real 930s Liu an and after the tasting, the taiwanese guy was raving about how good the tea was. Even i who was so use to drinking real old liu an was being fooled, he even told me he has given a lot of samples to many Tea expert in Taiwan and they could not tell the difference............ seriousely i am beginning to worry...WHATS OUT THERE .....