In Longjuan, Anxi, tradition and market pressures don’t drive the Liu Family to focus exclusively on traditional techniques; instead, they explore unexpected styles, mixing techniques and taking inspiration from across China to build a demand for their craft.
For years, we have enjoyed tasting the difference between looseleaf sheng maocha and the pu’er cakes pressed from the same material. Pressing process and aging environment have a strong influence on flavor development in pu’er - why not Tieguanyin? This 2010 pressing from the Liu Family is one of their earlier experiments from a process they have been exploring for many years. Beyond the traditional notes of "lao tie," this pressed and aged oolong has a medicinal and cooling quality and bright foresty texture all its own.
Mr. Liu talks about his family's tea fields
native grasses and canola grow around the Liu Family's tea fields
Ms. Liu visits her good frined He Qingqing's shop
Liu Jiaqi poses with her mother, He Qingqing, and Ms. Liu's son - her good friend and neighbor