The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative was established to be a steward to the oldest tea forest in the world, wild-foraging and hand-finishing every leaf using traditional craft.
cooling juniper, limestone
floral - honey, orchid
spice - cooling juniper, limestone
fruit - lime, aloe
savory - agave, barley
vegetal - cactus
Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
This year, this tea is available both loose leaf and in 100g and 250g pressings. This tea is picked from the early spring buds of the Camellia Crassicolumna (厚轴茶) tree, a close relative of tea native to Qianjiazhai. Crassicolumna is naturally caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants. Yabao buds are extremely sweet and packed with flavor since they are the early shoots of the plant that would otherwise become new branches. The giant buds picked from this wild-growing tree stock are allowed to gently sun dry without any heat processing to keep the most natural flavor. Wild crassicolumna trees can be anywhere between several hundred and over a thousand years old, and are incredibly tall and difficult to climb to harvest these precious buds, but the rich nuanced flavor and lingering aftertaste is worthwhile. This year's harvest is complex, with exciting aging potential.
'For most of the tea industry, yabao is an intriguing novel experience, but for the local people of Qianjiazhai in the Ailao Forest Preserve, yabao is part of daily life. People have been picking yabao and enjoying it alongside more traditional tea for as long as anyone can remember'
5 g.6-8 oz.use
205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds add 4 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings