Liu An is a black tea from Qimen, Anhui. The tea there is used to make Mao Feng green tea, Qimen Gongfu red tea (Keemun) and Liu An. Typically, Liu An is made of lower grades, while the buds are reserved for green tea. However, our friend ordered this amazing all-bud Liu An, which is a grade above the Liu An we sent with the March 2017 issue of Global Tea Hut. This Liu An comes from organic trees that are thirty to seventy years old and seed-propagated. The tea is processed in part in April/May and then left out under the September full moon to absorb what the locals call “white dew.” We call this amazing tea “Golden Thread.” Golden Thread is bright and leads you to the poetic, in William Blake’s sense of the term: an invitation to adventure. This tea is magic; it’s made with fairy dew, after all! There is no other way to describe the experience. When you sit with this tea for an hour or two, the day changes—it glows and the threads lead you beyond your ordinary experience. There aren’t any teas that stand as a point of comparison for this one. It is delicate, yet thrumming, sweet with hints of astringency and roast, and very Yin, pronouncedly so. There is a lot of mystery in its flavor, aroma and the way it makes you feel. We have never tried a tea like this before!
Each basket of Golden Thread is 500g. The minimum donation is 75$ + shipping. All proceeds will go to support our future Center Light Meets Life.