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Crassicolumna Yabao

Crassicolumna Yabao

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Sourced By the Dongsa Cooperative

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.
  • true
    95
    licorice root, pine, ginseng
    true
    55
    burdock root
    true
    45
    elderberry
    true
    35
    graham

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - licorice root, pine, ginseng
    • vegetal - burdock root
    • fruit - elderberry
    • savory - graham
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2017
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION2000-2250m
    • Camellia CrassicolumnaTea Varietal

    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. Wild Crassicolumna is very rare and a threatened species. This tea is sustainably harvested from cultivated trees grown from wild tree cuttings. 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.


  • '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
    6-8
    205
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    205
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    205
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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