Global Tea Hut: December 2015 – Old Grove

I was really excited for the December issue of Tea & Tao from +Global Tea Hut because Liu Bao is a tea that I never had a chance to experience before. Looking at the leaves you might think that it was a cooked puerh. That guess would be close but not quite on the mark. Liu Bao is a dark tea produced in Guangxi rather than Yunnan. The fermented leaves are pressed into baskets and then exported to Malaysia and Hong Kong. I was really fascinated reading about how intimately the story of this tea is woven with the story of Cantonese miners. Old Grove kept me company while I waited out the winter storm that was Jonas. The taste was earthy, sweet and very warming. Being snowed in my boyfriend and some excellent tea was my idea of a perfect weekend.

The gift was a pretty little glass ingot. It’s a symbol frequently found in Chinese culture that represents prosperity. We could all use a bit of that! For this month’s envelope I experimented with some new lenses that I bought for my phone. They looked a lot better on my phone than they did once I uploaded them! It doesn’t hurt to try something new but I definitely think I’ll be going back to my regular camera next time around. I’m locking down expenses because of my upcoming trip to World Tea Expo so I had to make the decision to unsubscribe from “the hut”. I miss it already and I know that I’ll be back but a tea drinker has got to do what she’s got to do.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.