I had seen this liu bao tea for sale in a tea shop and at a tea expo in Malaysia a few years ago. I was intrigued. I had never seen tea sold in plastic bags at retail level. Yes, I had observed wholesale oolong tea (10-20kg) that are packed in a large plastic bag before the tea is further packed in a carton box. However, such oolong at tea shops would be 'nicely repackaged' either in fancy foil packets or placed in a pretty tin or box.
As you can see from the plastic bag, this 1 kg liu bao was packed using the '4 gold coins' brand of liu bao. This brand is a highly regarded by serious liu bao tea drinkers, There is also a line (last line) that seem to suggest this was a commemorative production for a Chinese bank (Chang Tong bank), perhaps for a promotion gift. There was no information who had packed the tea and who the actual distributor was.
Back to this tea. I was told there were 2 (2005, 2007) productions of this tea. There is no date on the bag to tell which year the tea was packed for sale. Both places where I had saw this tea claimed they had the 2005 version for sale. The first 2005 version was perceived as more expensive as it was deemed like the '1st edition' production. When I pressed further for more information, the shop claimed he had gotten the tea from a tea collector in Malaysia. Likewise, the stall at the tea expo told me he had gotten his supply from another tea collector as well. Both sellers were unable to show proof or documentation that their plastic bag liu bao was a 2005 production.
In addition, one tea drinker told me he believed the tea was originally packed in Hong Kong. I was even more curious. I contacted my tea shop buddies in Hong Kong to find out more about this tea. It was a surprise that they informed me there was no such tea produced in Hong Kong and banks in Hong Kong do not give away tea in plastic bags. Another old tea drinker buddy believed that this tea was packed in Malaysia and only sold locally there. No one seem to know who had actually produced this plastic bag liu bao.
I had sampled the tea and it tasted about a mid age tea. It is quite a decent tea. I have no experience whether it is a 4 gold coins tea. I will continue to find out more on this mystery. I had bought few bags of this tea and will put them in my online store so my readers can taste and experience this mysterious plastic bag liu bao tea.