Lok On Tea Stalk?

So, I am hoping that perhaps someone could shed a little light on this Lok On Tea Stalk. I picked this up at the Hong Kong Supermarket near my office on break yesterday afternoon. I swore I had remembered something about it online, but upon returning from break I could only find one message board discussion which didn’t seem to entirely resolve the original posters question about it.

I feel certain that I read somewhere that is a by-product of Liu An Gua Pian or Liu An Basket tea, but was unable to find anything definitively confirming this online.

I have included photos of the two sides of the paper bag that it came in.

There were some small remnants of leaves mingling among the stalks when I had it this morning.

The broth, as seen below, comes up a pleasing shade of amber (perhaps red amber). The liquor is thinnish in consistency, but nicely mouth filling.

My partner thought it smelled and tasted of steeped old wooden furniture, my co-worker suggested old upholstery, that had been stored in an attic. This as opposed to the old basement, which he sometimes refers to, when I drink other aged teas.

It definitely presented a very unique woody flavor which lingered for a substantial amount of time after the last cup. I want to say it tasted of wood pulp, though I’ve not personally sampled any wood pulp recently.

It exhibited a lovely golden ring, and was rather lively in the head.

From the steeping sessions I have had with it so far, there is not much in the way of flavor progression. It’s pretty straight-forward. There was no notable bitterness, even when steeped for lengthier durations of time.

I realized later on this morning that I remembered seeing it, or something similar, (at least I think it is the same thing obviously not of this vintage) at sampletea.com:

http://www.sampletea.com/product/1920s-anhui-liu-an-zhi-anhui-liu-an-stem-loose-tea

I would be grateful to anyone who could shed some light upon this curio. The cashier at the market even picked the bag up three times to look at it, once from my just packed shopping bag. She remarked that she thought it was a curious product for them to have in stock. There were two of these bags, though the other one was torn a bit on the bottom, so I purchased just the one.

While I certainly wouldn’t say that I would want to drink it every day, it is interesting. I also wonder how it will mature with time, if it is indeed the same as the tea at Sample Tea.

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3 thoughts on “Lok On Tea Stalk?

  1. Actually liu’an stalks is not the same thing as liu an – it is normally tieguanyin stalks, roasted and processed and then sold. It has nothing really to do with liu’an at all. It’s the cheapest of cheap teas (you can find a kilo in HK for a few dollars). Sampletea’s claims are false and their sample is not likely to be of very old origins or very expensive – selling it for $35 for 10g is pretty ridiculous.

    That said, your bag is probably somewhat old. I’d buy the other bag. They do keep over time, although I’m not sure about getting better with age.

    • Thanks for this reply to this post, it is greatly appreciated. And, for clearing up this curio for me.

      This bag was $1.99. 🙂 I really wondered about that sampletea item.

      I’ve just come back from the market, off of break, with the second bag in hand.

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