Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tea Review: Wild Buds Yabao (The Chinese Tea Shop)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 12

Wild Buds Yabao
The Chinese Tea Shop
Type:  White/Puerh
Origin:  China, Yunnan Province
Product Description:  Ya Bao tea is buds picked from wild arbor tea trees. The wild arbor tea trees are grow in Jingmai reagon of Yunnan Provance where the altitude is about 1,500 meters. After a long, cold winter, the wild trees start to grow new branches in the early spring. For protecting new branches, their shapes look like buds or shoots. Because this tea is picked from tea trees in Yunnan and it is in light green color and white color, we put this special and rare tea under the category of White tea and Pu-Erh tea.  Ya Bao is only harvest once a year at early March, so it has limited quantity. This tea was very expensive when it first came to the market at the beginning. Now, its price goes down and become very reasonable.  Most people first attracted by Ya Bao teas special shape and unique flowery aroma. The taste is very delicate with a hint of natural vanilla-like flower flavor. The cooling and honey sweet taste is another present from this tea.

Temperature:  195° F
Amount:  3 grams
Steeping Time:  2 minutes

The dry buds have a spicy aroma of red pepper and wood.

The infusion is very pale green with a floral, peppery aroma and a hint of warm hay.  The flavor is delicate and lightly floral with a crisp, cool bite that reminds me of green peppers.

This surprising tea provided several worthwhile infusions, though the first was most flavorful.  The tea tree buds are unique in both appearance and aroma when compared to the buds of domesticated tea bushes and, while the liquor was very pale, it was also quite flavorful and aromatic.  While the results at two minutes were satisfying, I believe this would also do well with lengthier steeping times. 





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