For the trivia fans: Yaupon, which is not an emetic, received its misleading Latin name, Ilex vomitoria, from Europeans misunderstanding its purpose in Native American ceremonies.
CatSpring Tea is a family business based in Texas where yaupon flourishes. Launching in 2013, their business focuses on organic and sustainable harvest and production methods.
Green Yaupon Tea
Dry Leaf Aroma: moss, green vine and herbs
Liquor Color: mustard yellow and green
Liquor Aroma: sweet corn, kelp and maple leaves
Liquor Taste: herbaceous, woody, and sweet with a long, dry, sweet, minty finish
Medium Roast Black Yaupon Tea
Dry Leaf Aroma: smoky wood and caramelized fruit
Liquor Color: orange and green
Liquor Aroma: heavy smoke, tobacco and a hint of honey
Liquor Taste: smoky, mellow and woody with a short, sweet, smoky finish
Dark Roast Black Yaupon Tea
Dry Leaf Aroma: granola, smoke, fire-seared wood and honey
Liquor Color: red
Liquor Aroma: smoke and seared wood with a hint of sweetness
Liquor Taste: smoke, fire-roasted vegetables and smoked foods with a sweet and smoky finish
Cat Spring recommends an individual serving size of 1.5 spoonfuls with a steeping time of 2-7 minutes. I found that 3 grams steeped at 4 minutes produced the best results for my tastes with the exception of the first infusion of the bold medium roast which became much more approachable at a shorter steeping time of 2 minutes.
The first infusion of the green yaupon has a notably long, refreshing, almost minty finish and the dark roast reminded me of rich smoked foods.