Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Comparative Pictorial of 3 Liu An Teas (from 1950s, 1970s, 2005)

An observation of the shape of the Liu An baskets (left 1950s Sun Yishun, middle 1970s Sun Yishun, right 2005 Liu An).

Comparing Liu An baskets in pairs i) 1950s Sun Yishun and 1970s Sun Yishun, ii) 1970s Sun Yishun and 2005 Liu An. 


Top view of the 3 Liu An baskets (left 1950s Sun Yishun, middle 1970s Sun Yishun, right 2005 Liu An).


  The compressed leaves inside the 3 Liu An baskets.


 An observation of the tea leaves

Comparing Liu An tea leaves side by side in pairs i) 1950s Sun Yishun and 1970s Sun Yishun, ii) 1970s Sun Yishun and 2005 Liu An. The fine shape and consistency of the tea leaves from the 1950s Liu An is striking. This supports the many accounts from older tea collectors that the Liu An Sun Yishun tea from the 1950s and before were meticulously processed and demanded intensive human labor. The appearance of the tea leaves becomes coarser and less refine in newer productions, a result of the changing times.

Additional Note:
 Pictures of new Liu An tea.


2 comments:

  1. Very nice to be able to see the differences of packaging and of the processing. I fear much of this careful processing will be a lost "art" one day.
    M

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    1. Hello Mr Mopar,

      Sadly I believe that to already be the case. The old ways of processing Liu An Sun Yishun is no longer apparent in the newer productions. China’s transition under Chairman Mao and the Cultural Revolution caused great destruction to Chinese historical artworks, relics, artifacts, cultural and religious sites, and old traditions. Vast archives and traditional practice containing old knowledge handed down through many generations since the great Chinese dynasties were lost. The Liu An Sun Yishun factory stopped production for over 2 decades during these chaotic times before resuming in the late 1970s. The new productions of Liu An tea that I have come across are quite different now.

      Best, VP

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